Should you buy a Toyota Aygo?
It's not the best city car for your money, but if reliability and a cast-iron warranty mean lots to you, then there's plenty to recommend an Aygo. Throughout its life, Toyota has honed and updated the Aygo, keeping it fresh with a number of updates. Low running costs will continue to attract buyers across the board, and that factor alone should place it on your shopping list.
If you're looking for the ultimate in low running costs and buying with your own money, you'll be reassured by the fact that all Aygo models promise the same 68.9/67.3mpg and 93/95g/km of CO2 (manual/auto). The base-spec car is spartan but very cheap to buy for cash or on PCP/personal lease, and will look after you with better-than-average resale values. We think a more conservative Volkswagen Up makes a better company car, though, but if you fancy an Aygo to run on the firm, the auto has the lowest CO2, but will have a higher P11D value. Sat-nav is optional across the range, too.
Performance pulses won’t be set racing by the Aygo’s 13.8/15.2-second 0-62mph time (manual/auto) but the little car is at least good fun in low speed corners, and it's more than acceptable around town. And let's face it, that's what most people are looking for in a city car.
However, there's no escaping the fact that there are more polished and premium feeling rivals on sale in this congested sector of the market. The Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii triplets are all hugely appealing – and depending on which badge means the most to you, these are the ones to go for in this market sector. So, you really need to consider your options carefully before buying.
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