Despite changes to the Aygo’s powerplant, including a new dual fuel injector system for the cylinder head, a larger exhaust port and a revised combustion chamber shape, the little Aygo feels just as short on performance as it always has.
Its miniscule torque reserves aren’t exactly what you’d call accessible, requiring a great deal of revs in order to achieve forward motion. Once you’ve started rolling, acceleration is fairly meagre, too, with the sprint — if you can really call it that — from 0-62mph taking a lethargic 13.8sec. The rorty three-cylinder thrum remains; this can be fairly endearing when you’re just tooling about town, but when you really bury the throttle and rev it out it becomes coarse and overly vocal.
Out on the motorway, the Aygo’s lack of performance becomes increasingly prevalent. Admittedly, this isn’t your typical city car comfort zone, but accelerating on to motorway slip roads is a laborious task, while any thoughts of performing in-gear overtaking manoeuvres should be arrested immediately. At speed, the motor makes its presence known, melding in with the abundant tyre roar and wind noise. It’s not quite a cacophony, but it's enough to give the impression that a long-distance drive would soon become tiresome.
Place the Aygo back in its inner-city comfort zone and things become far more promising. The controls are largely light and easy to manage, although the noticeable short travel of the clutch pedal may take some getting used to. The five-speed manual transmission can feel a bit rubbery and imprecise, too. Still, the steering is nicely weighted and direct enough, and although it’s not brimming with feel, it allows you to place the Aygo on the road confidently.
The suspension, comprising MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear, does a good job of keeping vertical body travel in check, although the Aygo’s fairly tall, slab-sided shape does cause a noticeable amount of body roll through faster bends. The ride is mostly supple, although pockmarked surfaces can be a touch jarring.
With the 2018 update, Toyota has also made an effort to improve the Aygo’s standard specification. The most notable addition is a new 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system — standard on X-Play models and above — that includes a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear-view camera. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation are available, depending on model variant.
We’d advise opting for Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility, since these operating systems are far more user-friendly than the software that features as standard.