Toyota Aygo - Used

Car Review

Toyota Aygo, front
Toyota Aygo, front
Toyota Aygo, front
Toyota Aygo, front
Toyota Aygo, rear
Toyota Aygo, interior

IF someone mentions Fun, Fun, Fun, chances are that the Beach Boys hit from the 1960s will spring to mind.

But fun, fun, fun was what Toyota said about their second-generation Aygo, which hit our streets in the middle of 2014.

Once again, as with their then outgoing model, the Aygo was part of a joint venture with Peugeot and Citroen, but the difference this time round was that all three manufacturers were free to put their own individual stamp on their respective offerings.

So Toyota kicked the old style book into touch and rather than sticking with conservative design cues, gave the latest Aygo a far more aggressive, bang-in-your-face look.

You didn't have to look very far to see Toyota meant business, for you couldn't miss the front end with its unique X design which came in a variety of colours to contrast or blend in with the main body colour.

And it was much the same inside, where a choice of personalisation packs with colourful touches and highlights, gave buyers a chance to customise their Aygo.

The interior itself also moved up a gear to be more refined and quieter and more comfortable on the hoof than the old version.

On board you'll find a fair amount of cubby spaces for odds and ends and it's a good job, for the boot space was pretty limited at just 168 litres.

But it was in the congested city traffic where it excelled. Under the bonnet was slotted the same one-litre, three-pot engine as before, but with extra refinements and tweaks that made it smoother and more economical, giving it an official fuel consumption figure of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of just 95g/km, meaning it was free from road tax.

You'll find the five-speed gearbox super slick, while the gear ratios were adjusted to make the Aygo a smooth operator, especially on faster out-of-town dual-carriageways where it could keep up with the pace quite easily.

Just as Toyota said, it's fun to drive with its tight turning circle just the job for nipping in and out of busy traffic and slipping into tight parking spots, while the ride quality and suspension came well matched for any job in hand.

Used car buyers can choose from three trim levels, X, X-Play and X-Pression, while two special editions - the X-Cite and X-Clusive - are also to be found.

All three trims were available with three or five doors, while five-door X-Play and X-Pression versions can be found with X-Shift clutchless automated manual gearboxes, complete with steering-wheel-mounted paddles.

The Aygo came well appointed in the safety stakes, with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, stability control and an array of airbags fitted as standard.

Other features included hill start assist, LED daytime running lams, Isofix seat fixing points and tyre pressure monitoring. Higher spec models also featured part-leather seats, smartphone connectivity and rear view monitoring system via seven-inch colour touchscreen which could incorporate a sat nav system.

With more than 20 competitors doing battle in the class, the Aygo was well up for the challenge and has proved to be one of the best city cars around making it a great second-hand choice.

Prices for a three-door 2014 63-plate X trim Aygo with around 30,000 miles on the clock will set you back from £3770 to £4835, while a five-door model will add a premium of up to £400 to these prices.

Top-of-the-range three-door X-Pression models should range between £4,815 and £6,175, while more five-door models will come with a price tag of between £5,110 and £6,560.

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