What is it?
It’s a tough life being a city car these days. Dealing with the arrival of Volkswagen Group’s Up/Mii/Citigo triplets to the segment is competition enough for those already in the segment, such as the Toyota Aygo tested here, but it’s also got to deal with Autocar’s new class leader: the latest Fiat Panda.
The Aygo is a triplet of its own, its sister cars being the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107. All are now on sale with a final round of revisions for 2012 before all-new models replace them within the next couple of years.
The revised Aygo also brings with it two new special editions: Fire and Ice. The Fire model, tested here, is the more sporting of the pair, the Ice model the more comfort orientated.
What’s it like?
The design may be seven years old now, but the latest changes certainly keep the Aygo looking fresh and characterful from the outside at least, particularly with the addition of the Fire’s 14in alloys, privacy glass and LED daytime running lights.
It’s bad news inside though, where time most definitely has caught up with the Aygo. It’s mediocre at best in both design and perceived quality, especially when looked at next to the plush Volkswagen triplets. Not even the leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob the Fire model brings can help.