The promise of smaller fuel costs will doubtless be a deciding factor purchasing a Toyota Aygo. Even at the test track the tiny three-cylinder motor returned 45.4mpg and that was the expensive side to an overall figure of 60.1mpg.
Once moving, it recorded a stunning 69.3mpg on the touring route. By comparision, the official figure is rated at 61.4mpg on the combined cycle.
Such is its lack of thirst, we suggest that there should be a special-edition model in the range be called the Aygo Camel. But given the amount of thought that has clearly gone into its design, two aspects of the Aygo leave us a touch perplexed.
The first is the price. The base car looks good value, but the reality is slightly different once you add the air conditioning, metallic paint and other enhancements of our test car. At that point the outlay doesn’t automatically square with the car’s budget status.
Furthermore, just as Toyota and PSA have invested heavily in Czech labour with the factory that produces the Aygo, Renault has underwritten the Dacia Logan project in Romania and is somehow managing to produce a much bigger, if less fuel efficient, vehicle for nearly half the money.