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Toyota Aygo review - Reliability and Safety

Euro NCAP results show Toyota has raised its city car safety game, and reliability is strong too

The Aygo slipped down the Driver Power satisfaction survey rankings between 2017 and 2019, going from 39th to 90th out of 100. Toyota as a brand finished 10th out of 75 manufacturers, while Lexus finished first. On top of that, the Aygo feels robustly constructed, while the engine is based on the tried and tested unit used in the old car.

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There was good news in the Euro NCAP test results too, when the latest generation Aygo moved up – along with its Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 siblings – to a four star rating in 2014 from its previous three stars. Adult and child occupant safety were both rated at 80 per cent in their relevant tests. The four star rating puts the Toyota in the top rank in the city car class – a class where financial restraints mean fewer active and electronic safety aids are typically deployed, limiting the scope for five-star awards.

That said, all versions of the Aygo get four airbags, Isofix child seat mountings, stability control and tyre pressure monitoring, while you can spec-up on options like the range-topping x-clusiv special edition’s reversing camera and automatic lights.

Warranty

The Toyota Aygo comes with a five-year warranty - and a 100,000 mileage limit – that will bring valuable piece of mind to anyone considering holding onto their car for a while. The offer beats the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 by two years, in spite of the fact they’re built in the same plant.

Toyota also offers a strong three-year paint defect warranty, and 12 years anti-corrosion cover – although you’d need to be dedicated to keep the dealer inspections up to date that long.

Servicing

The Toyota Aygo requires a major service every 20,000 miles, with a first intermediate service at 10,000 miles and at subsequent 10k intervals in-between the majors.

The fixed price dealer services are around £100 and £180 respectively, and you can pay up front using one of the dealer service plans, or even spread the cost with monthly instalments.

Service costs are comparable to the Hyundai i10 which costs from around £350 for three years inclusive maintenance, but less than the VW up! which costs from £16 per month – equal to £576 over three years.

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