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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Funky city car that's cheap to run, fuel and finance

Toyota Aygo Review Video
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PROS

  • Distinctive design and customisation
  • Easy and economical to drive
  • Most versions are well equipped
  • Five-year warranty as standard

CONS

  • Feels dated in some places
  • X-shift automatic unresponsive
  • Option bundles can make it expensive
  • Out of its depth on motorways

At a glance

New price £9,825 - £14,810
Lease from new From £132 per month
Used price £2,590 - £10,615
Used monthly cost £64 - £262
Fuel economy 67 - 68 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £145
Insurance group 5 - 9 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Distinctive design and customisation
  • Easy and economical to drive
  • Most versions are well equipped
  • Five-year warranty as standard

CONS

  • Feels dated in some places
  • X-shift automatic unresponsive
  • Option bundles can make it expensive
  • Out of its depth on motorways

Toyota Aygo rivals

Volkswagen
Up
4.4 out of 5 4.4

The Toyota Aygo is the smallest car in the Japanese manufacturer's range, sitting below the Yaris supermini. It shares its mechanical underpinnings with the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, but comes with a far more distinctive look on the outside, with dramatic X-themed design and plenty of colour options. 

The Aygo city car comes in a choice of three- or five-door body styles, but has some stiff competition in the form of the Volkswagen Up, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo from the VW Group, the Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10 from South Korea, as well as the now-obsolete Vauxhall Viva, Fiat 500 and Ford Ka+The Aygo appeals with its bold exterior styling and suprisingly roomy interior (for such a small car), as well as a nippy drive and scope for personalisation. Read on to see if it's one of the best city cars on sale.

Bold styling and lots of personalisation

Dominating the look of the Toyota Aygo is the contrasting coloured ‘X’ across the nose of the car, leading up towards the side windows. This is part of Toyota’s aim to make the Aygo appeal to a younger clientele as the ‘X’ and various other elements of the car’s exterior and interior design can be customised. Three- and five-door versions of the Aygo are available, and while the full glass tailgate continues, it provides access to a deeper boot than before. 

Cheap but solid interior

The interior design is shared with the Aygo’s sister cars and represents a significant leap over the older models’ back-to-basics approach, especially when fitted with the 7.0-inch colour ‘X-Touch’ infotainment screen. All the plastics are firm and resilient, but they feel well-assembled and are interestingly-styled.

Toyota Aygo 2014 interior

That X-theme continues with the seven Aygo specification grades available: X, X-Play, X-Trend, X-Cite Mandarin and X-Clusiv. Note that standard equipment on the base X model is sparse, including just LED daytime running lights, electric front windows, USB and aux-in connections and a rear seat belt warning system. For common luxuries such as air-con, Bluetooth and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, you need to upgrade to X-Play or higher.

Efficient 1.0-litre engine: lively and frugal

Under the Toyota Aygo’s bonnet is an improved version of the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor that the old model was powered by. Producing 71hp and 93Nm of torque, performance is adequate, and fine for city use. Beware, though, that it’ll quickly feel out of depth on motorways – especially when heavily loaded. Yes, it’s not designed for high-speed cruising, but rivals – such as the Volkswagen Up – are more capable. 

Combined with the light sub-one tonne body, Toyota claims it will average 68.9mpg with the manual gearbox, emitting just 93g/km of CO2 in the process. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while an automated gearbox, known as X-Shift, is available on certain five-door models.

Updates to the range over its life

Despite only going on sale in 2014, Toyota brought new technology and trim levels to the Aygo barely a year later. Firstly, it offered the x-wave canvas roof as an option on the five-door x-pression trim, and then added the x-pure and updated x-cite special editions. Finally, the Toyota Safety Sense suite of crash prevention technology seen on other models was added to the Aygo and also the Yaris as an optional extra.

Then, in 2018, a facelift brought a stronger design to the ‘X’ on the front bumper, which featured new integrated daytime running lights. New LED taillights were complemented by a new range of colours and alloy wheel designs for a more modern look. Toyota says performance, handling and comfort were also improved, and we’ve detailed those in the separate review sections.

Tweaks were also made to the three-cylinder engine – making it more frugal – and a restructured trim structure, starting with base X-spec and topping out at the premium X-Clusiv version. So, despite being around for some time now, the Toyota Aygo still looks and feels fresh.

Read on to find out how the Aygo fares in our comprehensive Parkers full review

Toyota Aygo rivals

Volkswagen
Up
4.4 out of 5 4.4