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Latest round of changes can’t mask Aygo’s age next to ever-stronger city car rivals

Our Verdict

Toyota Aygo 2005-2014

The Toyota Aygo promises Japanese reliability and French charm, but does it deliver?

Mark Tisshaw
20 April 2012

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.

We learned a lot about how this latest Aygo would drive from a recent go in its updated C1 sister car. Revised chassis setting include new shock absorbers that go some way to improving the ride and handling. Body control is also decent, particularly at higher speeds, although some of the lower speed compliance has been lost.

The engine’s ECU has also been tuned to allow the Aygo to dip below the 100g/km CO2 emissions threshold for the first time. The three-cylinder engine still lacks both refinement and performance compared to more modern rivals’ units, but a smile can still be raised when revving up to the 6000rpm mark where peak power of 67bhp arrives, and listening to the shriek it makes.

Should I buy one?

The Aygo is as good as it’s ever been after its latest round of changes. But that’s not to say we’d recommend it over its city car peers.

This isn’t 2005 anymore. Truth is, there’s just too much competition out there – at a similar or even lower price – to put the Aygo or its sister cars anywhere near the top of the city car league.

Toyota Aygo 1.0 Fire A/C

Price: £10,490; Top speed: 98mph; 0-62mph: 14.1sec; Economy: 65.7mpg; CO2: 99g/km; Kerb weight: 890kg; Engine: 3cyls, 998cc, petrol; Power: 67bhp at 6000rpm; Torque: 69lb ft at 3600rpm; Gearbox: 5-spd manual

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30 April 2012

At the list price all 3 of these triplets look out of step. However at the discounted prices they can be had for they still stack up well. The Up cant match either the performance or economyof these even if its a much newer design.

It doesnt stop the Aygo triplets being fun to drive either.

I still hate the dark tinted rear glass though!

30 April 2012

However over in Ireland the Aygo is over 2,000 euro less than the basic VW Up!

Which is a pity that VW charge so much over in the Republic. Always been the same in the 1970's a Polo in Ireland was as expensive as a Ford Capri yet you could buy the outdated VW beetle for much less then. Must be something to do with Toyota being market leader in Ireland but relatively small in the UK.

In the flesh the VW Up! isnt that spectacular as is made out. The dash material may be better than the Aygo but still looks cheap in my eyes. The Up! market versions are nice but very expensive.

30 April 2012

[quote artill]

I still hate the dark tinted rear glass though!

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Its awful, makes the car look silly, in my opinion. I really wish manufacturers would give you a choice with this sort of thing, but as soon as you climb up the range you're lumbered with it.

30 April 2012

I strongly disagree with this review. I think the Aygo is not just a contender, but possibly the best in class. It's great value compared to the Up, more economical and cheaper to run that the Up, better looking than the Up and more characterful than the Up.

30 April 2012

This,along with its PSA stablemates,is still the best city car out there imo.The interior is 'tired' looking though.

30 April 2012

Aygo 100hp. breathe life back in to the car

30 April 2012

[quote artill]

At the list price all 3 of these triplets look out of step. However at the discounted prices they can be had for they still stack up well. The Up cant match either the performance or economyof these even if its a much newer design.

It doesnt stop the Aygo triplets being fun to drive either.

I still hate the dark tinted rear glass though!

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I agree with all of this.

Asking £10k+ for this car (or any car of this class) is way too much. A quick spy online and you can see that a dealer does a new base model 107 for £6,495, that'd be the one i'd choose. Simple car at it's best.

I work for VW and so have driven up!s..? a few times now, and whilst i think they are a very good little car and are better to drive than i expected...you can see that VW is only really copying what PSA/Toyota managed to do 7 years ago!

Agree about the privacy glass too...SMWBO really wants a new 107 in purple..(can't happen now as we're moving house!) so we went to see one..and the top spec one has the rear side window and back in really dark tint..it just looks silly and spoils it a bit.

30 April 2012

The wife bought a aygo go (all the trimmings) in white with auto box three weeks ago, oddly enough it was some of the readers comments on this site that influenced her choice. All I can say is what a brilliant car it is. I have no complains about the dark tint of the rear windows as I think it suits the overall appearance as the body is in white. Apart from the fact she didn't like the VW up she managed to get the Aygo £1600 cheaper. As we both only cover short distances I,m thinking of investing myself but a maual version (cos im a man and butch and everthing)

30 April 2012

I use an Aygo for my daily commute, it's a 2007 model, and is ideal for the purpose. My journey is just under 10 miles. Used to use a diesel, but one difference I've noticed is on cold mornings the little Aygo engine warms up much quicker and gives me some warmth. It's due an annual service very soon, so it was a year ago it was last serviced. My washer bottle needed re-filling this evening, so while under the bonnet checked the oil. Despite not having had to add any in the past year the dipstick is still near the top mark, and the oil, a year old is still clear yellowy green. Quite impressive I thought. I've never got the 60+ mpg the figures say , but regularly in the low 50s. Never broken down, although did suffer from the water leak to the rear footwell. Mind you no water has got in in the last very wet month. All in I like the car for its simple reliability; though I would like more torque to cope with local west country hills without changing down (spoiled by aforementioned Diesels high torque)

30 April 2012

[quote benjamino]100hp. breathe life back in to the car[/quote]

YES

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