Toyota Aygo vs Skoda Citigo

Toyota Aygo vs Skoda Citigo
Credits: Pete Gibson
10 Jul, 2014 12:56pm

With its bold looks, the new Toyota Aygo is set to make a splash in the city car class. But can it beat the Skoda Citigo?

Things are hotting up in the closely fought city car sector, with a new crop of contenders aiming to become king of the urban jungle. The latest addition is the all-new Toyota Aygo, and this second generation of the tiny Japanese machine is trying to ditch its straight-laced style in favour of a fresh and funky image.

That means you get bold new looks, a host of customisation options and plenty of hi-tech kit that’s dripping with showroom appeal.

However, the newcomer hasn’t forgotten its roots, so it’s powered by a frugal 1.0-litre engine, features compact dimensions and promises penny-pinching running costs. We test the car in range-topping £11,395 x-pression guise.

Facing up to the Toyota in this hard-hitting street fight is our reigning city car champ, the Skoda Citigo. With its big car refinement and driving experience, family friendly practicality and top-notch quality, the Citigo still sets the standard in the small car class. So can the tiny Toyota topple the stunning Skoda?

Toyota Aygo review

Skoda Citigo review

Click on the links above to read each in-depth review, then read on for our verdict.

Head-to-head

Customisation

Personalisation options for the Aygo include the £395 OUTstand pack that features contrasting exterior trim inserts and the £245 OUTburst decal pack.

You can also add body colour finishes to the interior with the £165 INspire and INtense packages. On the Citigo, there are £180 Sport stripes for the bonnet and roof, £87 chrome kick plate finishers and a £217 roof spoiler. You can also spend £660 on 15-inch alloys.

Technology

Pairing your phone to the Toyota’s infotainment system is a piece of cake, and you can browse through your music library via the Bluetooth connection. If you have an Android mobile, Mirrorlink replicates your phone display on the touchscreen.

Running costs

Both cars emit less than 100g/km of CO2 and so qualify for a free tax disc, while each promises to average 50mpg fuel economy. The Aygo isn’t available with a service pack, but three trips to the dealer will cost £527 using Toyota’s fixed-price scheme, which is only £48 more than Skoda’s servicing deal.

Verdict

1st: Skoda Citigo

The remarkable Citigo’s winning streak continues. It’s not as eye-catching as the new Toyota, but it delivers big car quality, refinement and driving dynamics in a small package. It’s also surprisingly practical, incredibly cheap to run and comes well equipped as standard.

2nd: Toyota Aygo

Younger drivers will love the latest Aygo’s distinctive looks, personalisation options and smartphone-friendly touchscreen. But the driving experience lets it down and the car feels cheaper than its rival. Claustrophobic-feeling rear bench and small boot don’t help.

Figures

Skoda Citigo 1.0 75PS Elegance GreenTech Toyota Aygo x-pression 5dr
On the road price/total as tested £10,740/£11,640 £11,395/£11,395
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000) £4,500/41.9% N/A
Depreciation £6,240 N/A
Annual tax liability std/higher rate £256/£513 £272/£544
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £1,424/£2,373 £1,856/£3,094
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost 1/£243/A/£0 7/£246/A/£0
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service £479 (3yrs/30k) £99/£179/£99
Length/wheelbase 3,563/2,420mm 3,455/2,340mm
Height/width 1,463/1,645mm 1,460/1,615mm
Engine 3cyl in-line/999cc 3cyl in-line/998cc
Peak power/revs 74/6,200 bhp/rpm 69/6,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 95/3,000 Nm/rpm 95/4,300 Nm/rpm
Transmission 5-spd man/fwd 5-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 35 litres/sealant 35 litres/sealant
Boot capacity (seats up/down) 251/959 litres 168 litres/N/A
Kerbweight/payload 854/436kg 840/400kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient 9.8 metres/0.33Cd 9.6 metres/0.28Cd
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs 5yrs (100,000)/1yrs
Service intervals/UK dealers 10,000 (1yr)/135 10,000 miles (1yr)/181
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos. 1st/7th* 17th/3rd*
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars 89/80/46/5 stars 68/73/53/3 stars
0-60/30-70mph 12.4/12.6 secs 12.0/13.2 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 6.9/10.3 secs 7.9/11.2 secs
50-70mph in 5th 15.7 secs 19.3 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 106mph/3,200rpm 99mph/3,200rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 51.7/38.0/9.3m 49.6/36.4/9.8m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph 62/52/60/68dB 60/45/64/74dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range 49.8/11.1/383 miles 38.2/8.5/294 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 55.4/76.3/67.3mpg 56.5/78.5/68.9mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 12.2/16.8/14.8mpl 12.4/17.3/15.2mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 131/98g/km/12% 171/95g/km/12%
Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/camera Four/yes/£310^/no Six/yes/£400^/yes
Air-conditioning/leather/heated seats Yes/no/yes Yes/part/no
Auto gearbox/stability/cruise control No/yes/£310^ £700/yes/yes
Metallic paint/xenon lights/keyless go £490/no/no £495/no/no
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/Bluetooth Yes/no/no/yes £395/yes/yes/yes

Disqus - noscript

We await the VW Group knockers, the conspiacy theorists! Well done Citigo, another well-deserved win.

The only people you ever see driving a Citigo are those on the wrong side of 60. It really is a pensioners special.

It would be easier to take such results at face value if the VW group and AE did not appear so deeply "embedded" in one another. (see various adverts purporting to be editorial content) As it is I have no idea as to which vehicle is the better one and am not proposing to road test either.

The new Aygo has no Euro NCAP score yet.

This citigo is really bad, very bad!!!!

You´re insain!!

I must admit I thought that this car is a joke too. Then I needed to rent a car for a weekend and at the closest car rental they had literally empty lot. All that was left was either 55kW Citigo or BMW X5. I drove citigo both on highways, mostly 160kmph, as well as gave it a hard run on mountain roads.

Originally, I wanted to rent Octavia/Golf, but next time I will stick to citigo (as long as there won't be more than 1 passenger). No need to pay extra when this car can deliver all that I need, and actually with its wheels directly in the corners and great handling even more when it comes to twisting mountain roads.

Is that why it's best city car, and ae car of the year 2012 Miggy? Just because the Ford KAk cannot muster any positions anywhere! The usual vw group hatred from the ford fanboiiiiiiii ayeee!

you're a troll, and you're insane....

Really? You actually look at every Citigo and inspect the driver? Sad. Look on Briskoda, Skoda UK facebook page etc, loads of youngsters love them. You sound like a jealous Citroen/Toyota/Peugeot driver.....

Both are gutless as soon as you put anything but the driver in

The Citigo does look rather plain next to the Aygo, but its a neat design. More importantly, I think its really bad that Toyota have designed a car which will mainly be used in the city with such poor rear thre-quarter visibility. Definitely a case of form over function.

Wow 38.2 mpg with an Aygo in the Auto Express econ? Who knows what happened here:
forgot the handbrake;
could not find fourth and fifth gear;
towing the Citigo;
set a new track record.

Citigo is a great little drive, though I prefer the Up's styling. New Aygo a step back from the excellent original.

IMHO there is less difference in appearance between the VW/Skoda/SEAT trio than often found between differing trim levels of the same model. They are absolutely clonal. The Toyota/Citroen/Peugeot trio seem almost as clonal although like, I suspect, 99% of those who comment knowingly thereon, I have not clapped eyes on any of them yet!

My concern was with how much credence one should give to magazine verdicts
when close relationships with individual makers are suspected.

I should have been more specific - the new Aygo's smaller windows reduce rear vision for parking. Can't say I care for its Darth Vader nose, but that's personal taste for you.

The jury is unanimous from reviewers across Europe, the
Toyota/Citroen/Peugeot trio are completely outclassed by the VW trio,
and by the Hyundai i10.

Very disappointing and pretty much sums up the third rate efforts from Toyota and PSA in general.

Er pretty much everyone I know with one of these cars is well below 60. Including myself. I like almost everything about the car -but the seats which lack support on long trips.

I was suspicious too and so decided to test drive one to make up my own mind. I was very pleasantly surprised and bought one as a result!

Skodas are only driven by pensioners and Taxi drivers - its a fact. They are the most boring, tedious vehicles on sale. LOL Be jealous of a Skoda driver - you joking?!!! Sounds like your the "sad" one!!! My aspirations are a lot higher than that in life (and no I dont drive or have ever driven/owned any Toyota/Citroen/Peugeot)!!!

VW group products are not the best thats for sure - don't be taken in by the usual pro VAG tripe!

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