Seven trim levels are offered: x, x-play, x-press, x-style, x-cite, x-clusiv and x-claim. Entry-level models get 14in steel wheels, LED day-running lights, front electric windows and USB connectivity as standard, while upgrading to x-play fits 15in steels, heated door mirrors, air conditioning, DAB radio and Bluetooth to the package.

Mid-range x-press trimmed cars are adorned with 15in alloy wheels, climate control, front foglights, and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with a reversing camera, while x-style adds a sporty looking bodykit to the Aygo.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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There's still no reach adjustment for the steering wheel

The range-topping trims start with the x-cite, which comes with a red paint job, a black roof and alloys, and tinted rear windows, while those pining for an x-clusiv Aygo will find automatic projector headlights, climate control and keyless entry and go. Completing the Aygo line-up is the limited edition x-claim model which adds plenty of fresh air through its retractable burgundy-coloured roof.

The latest Aygo must be measured in this department against some high standards that never troubled the previous version.

To really stand out, it needs to be as cleverly packaged as an i10, as classy as an Up and as charming as a Fiat Panda. It’s not quite any of the above, but it certainly does enough on all three fronts to be considered a credible alternative.

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Although there is no additional space between the axles from which to create extra passenger space, Toyota claims to have made 9mm of extra length inside the new Aygo.

We’re unconvinced that passengers in the back seats get the benefit, as headroom and legroom are tight for full-sized adults, even by city car standards.

But you do get a greater impression of space up front. The lowered driver’s seat creates useful headroom and shoulder space, and the more steeply raked steering column makes the driving position feel less upright.

Boot space is generous, although annoyances here include a cheap cloth parcel shelf that’s fiddly to fit and a large load lip that makes lifting heavier stuff in and out a bit trying.

The Aygo’s fascia looks and feels much less cheap than its predecessor’s and now measures up on material quality to most of its competition. The moulded plastics are hard but not rough, they look pleasant enough and they feel flimsy only if you go looking at low levels for a wobbly fitting.

Our test car benefited greatly from its x-press 7.0inch touchscreen multimedia set-up, which provided an upmarket focal point for the whole dashboard and worked well. X-press multimedia isn’t standard across the Aygo range — only on high-end x-style, x-cite, x-clusiv and x-claim — but you can buy it as an option on all but the entry-level trim, and it’s worth having.

It does all of the basics well, connecting to your phone via Bluetooth and streaming media from there particularly well, giving you the option to browse tracks and playlists and presenting you with nice, large menu icons.

But that’s not all it does. Provided your smartphone is compatible, the MirrorLink function displays your phone’s screen on the seven-inch display and allows you to select and browse compatible apps from that display.

You can catch up with email and social media without touching your handset, which is something that you’d do only while the vehicle is stationary, of course.

The x-press set-up works through a four-speaker audio system that sounds a little tinny and distorts when producing lower frequencies with any volume, but it’s entirely decent for the class.

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