1L x VVT-i
Launched in 2014, the Toyota Aygo is an urban runabout with eye-catching looks and a reasonable amount of equipment. It also has lots of options that appeal to young buyers.
The Aygo features zippy little engines which are fun to drive and fuel-efficient. They’re at home in the city and can also handle longer journeys.
It had a big update in 2018 with refreshed styling, models and interior trims. With great pricing, it’s easy to get yourself a later version without breaking the bank.
The interior’s a mix of different shapes and trim colours. It’s bold, colourful and has real standout over other cars.
The materials are generally on the hard side but nonetheless feel good quality. There’s the option of the X-Touch touchscreen Bluetooth connected infotainment system and air con comes as standard on all cars.
It’s surprisingly spacious for a city car, although access to rear seats in the three-door version can be tricky and taller adults may feel slightly cramped.
A major update in 2018 brought with it a bigger boot but it was only a slight improvement to bring its size up to 168 litres, which is enough for a few small bags. However, you can fold down the rear seats if you need to squeeze in a larger item.
The Aygo is good to drive because it’s small, light and has great engines. Its little three-cylinder engine sounds sporty and the car’s tiny dimensions make it a breeze to run around town where it feels most at home.
The driving position is good and you feel nicely in control, but you won’t be able to make lots of adjustment for comfort. The controls are all simple and well laid out with additional buttons on the steering wheel.
Most will have a five-speed manual gearbox but there are also a few automatic versions around.
The Aygo is all about fun, efficiency and affordable motoring. Higher spec models offer the best value. The one-litre engine delivers an excellent 69 mpg and some models will be exempt from road tax. Insurance costs are also good and typical for this size of car.
Toyota parts are also relatively cheap and service costs are reasonable, although the Aygo will need servicing every year or 10,000 miles which is quite frequent.
Like most Toyotas, the Aygo has an excellent reputation for reliability with only a small number of electrical issues being reported.
The level of safety equipment is surprisingly high, especially if you find a model with the optional Safety Sense package fitted. This includes autonomous emergency braking and lane keeping assist. The Euro NCAP crash test gave it four stars originally but then changed that to four stars with the safety package and three stars without.
Best for economy - X
Best for family - X-Play
Best for fun - X-Cite
There might only be one engine but it's part of a wide range with lots of model choices. The entry-level X models are well equipped to offer fun, economical motoring, but look at the X-Pure and X-Play for the best value for money as they come with a considerable amount of kit. Plus, they have the advantage of touchscreen infotainment. You’ll pay a lot more for well equipped X-Clusive models which is fine if you’re going to keep the car for a while.