Toyota Aygo

13 Apr, 2012 4:41pm Luke Madden

The Aygo has been facelifted for 2012, so can it compete with its more modern city car rivals?

Verdict

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When Citroen and Peugeot facelifted the C1 and 107 respectively, they dropped their starting prices to match the Volkswagen up!. Toyota hasn’t done that with the Aygo. The car’s not as well equipped, nor does it drive as well as newer rivals, so it fails to offer the best value for money. We would expect it to struggle in the sales charts.
Competition has never been hotter in the city car category thanks to the arrival of the brilliant Volkswagen up!, so where will the newly revised Aygo sit in the pecking order?

One look at the price list tells you the little Toyota isn’t off to a good start. The range’s entry-level car is £8,535 – nearly £500 more than the up!. That’s not very impressive when you consider the Aygo’s sister cars – the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107 – have also had updates recently, yet are still priced the same as the VW.

Changes to the Aygo include a minor facelift and engine tweaks that have lowered running costs. There’s also a new trim, Fire, which we’ve tested here. It includes body-coloured side mouldings, LED running lights and tinted rear windows, but costs a hefty £9,990 in five-door form.

The 67bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine has had its CO2 emissions reduced from 103g/km to 99g/km, making it road tax exempt. Fuel economy is up to 65.7mpg from 61mpg. But with a 0-62mph of 14.2 seconds, the car feels sluggish accelerating up to motorway speeds.

What’s worse, there’s lots of wind and road noise at the national limit – you have to really shout at your passenger if you want to have a conversation.

On the plus side, revised shock absorbers help make the Aygo a little more grown-up and secure on the road, while the quick and responsive steering allows some driving pleasure.

At £9,990, though, you might expect air-conditioning as standard – the cheaper up! and Hyundai i10 both offer it – but 
on the Toyota it’s a £500 option.

This round of updates means the Aygo is cheaper to run, but it feels outdated when compared with modern city car rivals such as the up!. If it was cheaper and better equipped, it could be recommended, but as it stands, there are far better value city cars on the market these days.

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Neither this vehicle nor its C.1/107 clones ever impressed me very much. Apart from a welcome improvement in crash protection neither of the latter two offered much improvement over their 106 and Saxo predecessors and in some ways were a step backwards. Examples of the Saxo and 106 gave excellent service in my family for many years so I remain to be convinced the triplets represented a step forward in quality either.

However the increasingly weird determination of AE to seek every opportunity to plug VW group products makes me a little better disposed to the Aygo! How about comparing the vehicle to the Fiat Panda for a change or more than just a cursory referenceto the Hyundai i10. Or would this bring down unwelcome attention from Mordor?

Despite what the reviews says my wife and several other owners find these cars fantastic - between them they've had several. Sure the Toyota version is overpriced compared to the Pug/Cit models but the car is basically the same. I've never found the need to shout at motorway speed, in general day to day driving they are very nippy and the 3 cylinder engine sounds fantastic, almost Porsche flat 6 like. Incredible MPG can be achieved with practice and a Scangauge II. Two stars, you've got to be kidding.

I's agree with 'steelcityuk' here, this review seems overly harsh on the Aygo and it's Pug/Cit clones. Fair enough air con should be included but even the old Aygo was fine at motorway speeds with no need to shout and they are huge fun to drive, especially on twisty road and, best of all, they have character in spades that even the famed up! simply doesn't have. (Oh, and by the way i don't own an Aygo!).
The Aygo may be a little more expensive than the 107/C1 but it also seems to hold its price better, so it probably evens out in the end.
Two stars seems to show that the reviewer has missed the point of the car?

I agree with AE for once! There are much better rivals than these over priced under finished cars. The Kia picanto with a 7 year warranty, better built, more kit, smoother, quieter, nicer to drive. And the same goes for the i10 albeit with a 5 yr warranty.

Or:

Cheverlot Spark

Nissan Pixo

Or if it must be a VW (not for reliability though) the the Fox or UP! are adequate.

Character? Are you serious? These were built with one aim to produce a small city car and the cheapest price possible, hence the lack of kit, soundproofing, one boot gas strut, the skinest tyres, glass tailgate etc. They are totally devoid of any character.

I'd not like to be in a crass in one, the back seat is the crumple zone! They all vibrate, shake and are badly insulated. Anyone who thinks these cars are good has clearly never driven a good car yet. No way I'd let my daughter travel in one!

These were built with one aim to produce a small city car AT the cheapest price possible

These were built with one aim to produce a small city car AT the cheapest price possible

I have had a Corvette when I was living in California, along with many Camaro's, Honda Accords too BMW 3 series.This is a very functional car for it's intended purpose. Been living in Finland for eight yrs now, so I can accept the trade off's that my 2008 Aygo has. My question for the writer of the article is this; The ride on my 2008 is bone jarring. Do the updated 2012 struts/ shocks soften the ride a bit.? If so I'm going to my local Toyota dealer here and have them installed a.s.a.p Looking forward to your response.

I think I see how AE scores cars these days.

1. Check for a VW badge.
2. If it has a VW badge, rate it 5 stars, otherwise rate it around 2, perhaps 3.

Hi @Satan - sorry to repeat ourselves but our scoring system is: two stars is below average, three is average, four is very good and five is reserved for the best in class. Thanks for taking the time to read this review and comment.

Thanks again,
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Actually I don't quarrel with your rating for the Aygo and there are signs (e.g. the review for the VW CC) that your over enthusiasm for all things VW is beginning to abate. However any rating of four or five stars for some little futter pop with less than three cylinders is wagging the tail a little too enthusiastically.

I road tested an Aygo last year with a view to buying one. Seemed a decent enough car. Certainly not that noisy. Tyres did look very skinny though! Didn't buy one in the end. Bought a new 2011 Yaris. Bargain with all the stuff it came with as it was an outgoing model.
Spent £3000 more than we planned when we left home that day!!!!

Please forgive the typo in my last posting. I should have said "some little futter pop with less than four cylinders"!

...two things stand out in this review that make me wonder if AE sometimes even bother to drive cars, or just make things up:

1. "But with a 0-62mph of 14.2 seconds, the car feels sluggish accelerating up to motorway speeds."

Nonsense. The rev limiter in second is 65mph (incredible, but true) and the car will do 80mph in 3rd. If anything, I'd say the official 0-62 figures don't represent how quick the car is.

2. "What’s worse, there’s lots of wind and road noise at the national limit – you have to really shout at your passenger if you want to have a conversation."

Total and utter garbage. If anything, it's got some of the best seals I've ever had on a car.

How do I know this? I own a 2009 Peugeot 107 - exactly the same car, but pre-facelift. So, unless PSA and Toyota have conspired to produce a car that's worse than the previous model, this review is nonsense.

The C1/107/Aygo is an unpretentious car that isn't trying to be a fashon victim's runabout - it's a good honest little car that is fun to drive and very reliable.

Have to agree to disagree with "exhibition", a car having character is nothing to do with efficiency, quality etc. We had a Series III Land-Rover once and it was the most characterful car ever but ....
There may indeed be "better" cars for some people, I'm not arguing that, each to their own.
As Rodge says, it is honest, fun to drive, reliable and makes you smile:-)

Have to agree to disagree with "exhibition", a car having character is nothing to do with efficiency, quality etc. We had a Series III Land-Rover once and it was the most characterful car ever but ....
There may indeed be "better" cars for some people, I'm not arguing that, each to their own.
As Rodge says, it is honest, fun to drive, reliable and makes you smile:-)

Now how did that happen? Apologies for the identical postings!

Are the reviewers at AE missing the point in this review?

The Aygo are made to be cheap to buy / tax / fuel / insure / service / fix if bumped etc. They DO succeed in all these regards! It does exactly what a small car is supposed to, yes its not as quiet as a big car, yes its not got every gadget but its got the basics like electric windows and CD, do we need any more on a city car?

Its basically the same principal as the Up! but it's just won Car of the Year because it had a VW badge on it!!!

Key specs

* Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i Fire
* Price: £9,990
* Engine: 1.0-litre 3cyl petrol
* Power: 67bhp
* Transmission: Five-speed manual, front wheel drive
* 0-62/top spd: 14.2 secs/98mph
* Economy/CO2: 65.7mpg/99g/km
* Equipment: Electric windows, four-speaker stereo, 14-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows
* On sale: Now

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