When the original Aygo and its French cousins were launched, there wasn’t a great deal of competition in this class. That they felt relatively agile and were responsive enough to inputs meant that they rose near to the top of what was a fairly mediocre bunch.
This time around, things have become more difficult. There are rivals that are not only more refined than an old Aygo could ever have hoped to be but also give more driving enjoyment at the same time.
The stiffer platform of the new Aygo has cured the city car of one of its biggest dynamic bugbears: slack, lifeless steering. Now it turns with more positivity, accuracy and response; the rest of the major controls are fine, too.
It rides pretty well, too, with decent isolation from secondary lumps and bumps, which is no mean feat for a car of its light weight. Again, our impression is that there’s a touch more isolation, in both noise and composure, in an Up or i10, but the Toyota Aygo is comfortable against the rest.