The arrival of the Volkswagen Group’s trio of city cars two years ago rendered the previous Aygo an also-ran almost overnight – at least as far as our class rankings were concerned.

Nothing less than a brand new platform and a ground-up redesign could have made the new Toyota Aygo a class leader, so few will be surprised that we’re damning the car with slightly faint praise.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The updates bump the Aygo from also-ran to contender, but it hasn't upset the class leaders

This car is modern and pleasant, broadly competitive on space and value, and more creditable on efficiency and equipment. It’s also among the most desirable city cars to look at.

It’s evident that Toyota hasn’t gone to great lengths to make key dynamic improvements to the Aygo underneath those eye-catching styling features. When all is said and done, this car is no match for an Up on refinement, and its handling isn’t as fluent and vivacious as a Fiat Panda’s.

In short, it won’t pull up many trees. But it’s certainly good enough – if you happen to like it enough.

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