Toyota Aygo review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Aygo may have some space-age design cues, but it’s certainly no Tardis…
The Aygo is slightly longer, wider and lower than the Mk1, so looks a little less truncated from some angles, even though it has an identical wheelbase.
There are two bodystyles offering three or five doors (although only in entry level 'x' trim; all the rest are five-door only), and the window/glass area differs between them. The five-door version’s side glass extends to meet the rear light clusters giving a sense of added length. Unfortunately it’s an illusion, and you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that rear seat passenger comfort is not a strength in the Aygo.
There are a pair of three-point seat-belts in the rear for adults, but no space for a third, while a pair of Isofix child seat mounts is standard in the back, too.
The news is better up front, where the driver sits relatively high up with a good view out. There’s a reasonable range of adjustment on the seat and steering wheel – although not quite enough for taller drivers, who may struggle to get comfortable.
There are two cup holders, a good-sized glovebox and door bins big enough to hold a 500ml bottle of water.
The Aygo is a very compact car, so it's perfectly at home in the city where its dimensions make it a breeze to thread down side-streets and fit in even the smallest parking spaces.
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It’s actually a few mm longer than the previous generation – 25 to be exact – but 5mm lower. The front and rear tracks have been widened by 8mm to improve the stance, and while the wheelbase is the same as before at 2,340mm, Toyota has still managed to find an extra 9mm of cabin space. It’s still a smidge shorter than a Hyundai i10 or Skoda Citigo, but the trade-off in lost practicality is evident the moment you need to carry passengers or put luggage in the boot.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Front headroom has improved slightly, despite the lower roofline thanks to a curved ‘double-bubble’ roof and front seats lowered by 10mm. However, the small side windows at the back and high-backed front seats make the rear feel claustrophobic and legroom is seriously restricted even for smaller passengers. Rivals like the Hyundai i10 feel significantly roomier. The five-door model makes things easier for rear passengers to get in and out at least, which makes it the pick of the range.
The £850 'x-wave' option brings an electrically retractable folding fabric roof that slides back to the rear headrests in around 10 seconds, or bunches up halfway to act as a sunroof. If you look below the roofline, however, the Aygo's lines – and more importantly its passenger accommodation - are unaffected.
The Aygo makes the most of its compact dimensions with a deep but narrow boot that’s 29 litres bigger than its predecessor's at 168 litres – it's just about enough for a couple of suitcases or a set of golf clubs.
It will be fine for many owners’ purposes, but if cargo capacity is your main consideration, the Aygo does lose out badly to the Hyundai i10, VW Up, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii, all of which offer capacities north of 250 litres.
The design isn’t ideal either as there’s a fairly high lip between the boot floor and your luggage, and the rear seats – with optional split fold – don’t even lie flat, instead leaving an awkward step.
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