Used Toyota Aygo review
A full used buyer’s guide on the Toyota Aygo covering the Aygo Mk1 (2005-2014) and Aygo Mk2 (2014-date)
The original Aygo of 2005 was a big hit for Toyota, and it’s easy to see why. Cheeky styling, ultra-low running costs, excellent reliability and a brilliantly fun driving experience all added up to a very enticing package.
By the time the first Aygo went out of production in 2014 the city car segment had moved on, with some very talented contenders treading on Toyota’s toes.
The firm’s answer was to come up with an all-new model (still in conjunction with Citroen and Peugeot with the C1 and 108 respectively), which was safer, more refined, more spacious, but still cheap to buy as well as to run, making it even more alluring (if less endearing) than before.
- • Toyota Aygo Mk1 (2005-2014) - Mk1 version of city car is a fun used choice for frugal drivers.
- • Toyota Aygo Mk2 (2014-date) - Trendy Aygo Mk2 city car is a value-for-money choice.
Toyota Aygo Mk2
The Mk2 Aygo arrived on 1 July 2014 with a 1.0-litre petrol engine and either a five-speed manual or an automated manual gearbox, called x-shift.
There was a choice of three or five doors and x, x-play or x-pression trims, plus x-cite and x-clusiv special editions. In August 2015 Toyota’s Safety Sense pack became optional on all models, adding AEB, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.
A facelifted Aygo arrived this summer, in x, x-play, x-press, x-plore, x-cite and x-clusiv specs. There have also been x-claim, x-wave and x-pure editions.
Toyota Aygo Mk2 reviews
Which one should I buy?
There aren’t many choices to make because only one engine has been fitted to all second-generation Aygos.
It’s simply a case of how many doors (five-door models are the most popular and easiest to sell on) and which transmission you want. The automatic is fine for buzzing around town, but the manual gearbox is noticeably slicker.
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Entry-level Aygos are pretty spartan; their only key piece of kit is electric front windows. Mid-range x-play cars get a DAB radio, air-con, Bluetooth and electric door mirrors. The x-pression adds alloys, part-leather trim and an infotainment touchscreen with a parking camera.
Alternatives to the Toyota Aygo Mk2
The Hyundai i10 and its cousin, the Kia Picanto, provide tough competition with their smart styling, grown-up cabins and excellent road manners; keen pricing and long warranties are the icing on the cake.
The Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii offer refinement, cheeky styling, strength and dependability. There’s not much to separate them, but the pricing and slight design differences will probably affect your choice.
You could also buy a Citroen C1 or Peugeot 108, which are the same car made on the same production line as the Aygo. Designs and prices differ slightly from the Toyota and they came with three-year warranties, compared with the five-year Japanese offering.
What to look for
Some early Aygos had clunking rear dampers; new ones should have been fitted under warranty.
Optional navigation is a TomTom-based system. Despite this, dealers charge £150 or so to update it.
The tailgate lock can go out of alignment, so you can’t get into the boot. Adjustment is all that’s needed.
Aygo’s five-year maker’s warranty has a 100,000-mile limit and there’s also a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.
There’s room for four if your passengers aren’t tall; the rear has seatbelts and headrests for only two people. The rising windowline can make things feel claustrophobic in the back, while the side windows pop open rather than wind down. Entry-level cars miss out on driver’s seat height adjustment, and boot capacity is below average at 168 or 812 litres.
A service is required every year or 10,000 miles. There are three levels of maintenance: Intermediate (£145), Full (£255) and Full+ (£295), with the latter due at 60,000 and 100,000 miles.
Pre-paid service plans are available from £15 per month, but once an Aygo reaches its fifth birthday it’s eligible for cut-price maintenance at £99 for an intermediate check and £180 for a major inspection.
There’s no cambelt to change, which helps to keep running costs down, but fresh coolant is required after 100,000 miles and then every 50,000 miles, at £75.
An air-conditioning regas will set you back £130, while a complete air-con service comes in at £170.
TheMk1 Aygo was recalled just three times during its nine-year life, including for the infamous throttle pedal problem that afflicted many Toyotas.
There’s been just one campaign for the second-generation Aygo, in June 2016. It affected cars built in September and October 2014, which could suffer from steering column failure, leading to a loss of control.
Driver Power owner satisfaction
Coming 43rd in the Driver Power 2018 new car survey isn’t bad. The highlight is the ultra-low running costs. Infotainment and connectivity also score highly. The exterior design, fit and finish get a thumbs up, too, but owners aren’t so keen on the lack of practicality, the levels of cabin comfort, or the engine and gearbox.
When you bear in mind that the second-generation Aygo only comes with a 1.0-litre petrol engine that is linked to either a manual or automatic gearbox, the number of variations on the theme is surprisingly large. There have been many permutations and combinations of trim levels, special editions, door configurations, roof design (fixed metal or slide-back cloth) and transmissions since its launch. But any Aygo that has been cared for is worth a closer look; the pint-sized Toyota was voted best city car by our readers in the Driver Power 2017 owner satisfaction survey. While it’s not really cut out for long-distance drives, the Aygo is perfect for short trips thanks to its low running costs, plus diminutive proportions that make parking a breeze.