The Toyota Aygo has a funky design and it’s easy to personalise it to your taste. It’s also fairly quiet on the move, but there are more spacious city cars, and safety kit is stingy
If you’re looking for a small, easy-to-drive city car used mainly for buzzing along urban roads then the Toyota Aygo is worth a test drive.
The Toyota Aygo’s dinky dimensions means threading your way through busy city streets is a doddle, and the good view you get in all directions means you can do it with confidence. Also on hand is light steering, so low speed manoeuvres don’t require arms like Popeye. It’s very easy to park, then – especially if you go for an X-play model or above with their standard reversing camera.
OK, so the Toyota Aygo isn’t quite as comfortable as cars like the Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up and its engine makes more noise than these alternatives’ when you accelerate hard, but it’s frugal and has just enough power to keep up with motorway traffic.
However, on said motorway the Aygo’s engine settles down and by the standards of city cars there isn’t much road or wind noise to be heard either. Few will use their Aygo for frequent motorway trips, but it’s nice to know it won’t deafen you when you do.
Sadly, the Aygo’s slightly drab cabin can’t match its funky look-at-me exterior, but at least everything’s easy to use
But like most city cars, the Toyota Aygo is better suited to trips to the shops than long journeys, and, as such, comes with features designed to keep you safe around town, such as a hill-start assist on all models. It’s disappointing, though, that automatic emergency braking and lane departure alert are only standard on range-topping X-clusiv models. At least they’re optional on lesser trims.
If you often carry rear passengers in your city car, though, you might want to look elsewhere. The Toyota Aygo is cramped in the back, where a couple of adults will find both knee room and head room tight. No city car is truly spacious, but cars like the Hyundai i10 are noticeably roomier in the back.
Still, there’s enough to like about Toyota Aygo to warrant further investigation. Make sure you check out our deals pages for the best Toyota Aygo prices. And if you want more in-depth detail on every aspect of the Aygo, check out our interior, practicality and driving sections.