The Toyota Aygo’s seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system looks pretty smart and it’s fairly easy to use, but it doesn’t come with sat-nav or smartphone mirroring as standard
The Toyota Aygo interior is simply laid out which helps make everything easy to use. The heating and ventilation controls are grouped in a single ring on the centre console around an orange and black screen that’s bright enough to read in direct sunlight.
X-play models and above come with a seven-inch touchscreen display that’s mounted high up on the centre console so it’s easy to glance at as you drive along. These versions also get a leather steering wheel and the option to colour-code the air vent surrounds to match the Toyota Aygo’s bodywork.
Pick an X-plore version, and you get air conditioning and tinted rear windows alongside built-in sat-nav for the touchscreen. If you want smartphone mirroring, however, you’ll have to go for an X-cite or X-clusiv model that do without the built-in sat nav. The X-clusiv version’s a little more expensive, but it does come with some posh-feeling leather trim pieces on the front seats.
Sadly, most of the Toyota Aygo’s plastic trims feel very hard and scratchy – even in top-spec models. That’s not unusual in a small car, but some more upmarket alternatives – such as the VW Up, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii – come with a few softer plastics dotted around their cabins.
The entry-level Aygo’s infotainment system is so basic it feels like it belongs in a museum. Thankfully, all other cars get a seven-inch touchscreen that’s miles more modern
The Entry-level Toyota Aygo in X guise have a two-speaker stereo with a DAB digital radio and an auxiliary input for your phone or iPod. Pick an X-play model or above, however, and you get a vastly more modern seven-inch touchscreen that’s much easier to read than the smartphone-app-based infotainment system you get in a VW Up.
This comes with some bright menu icons to help make it as simple as possible to use on the move and, crucially, a physical volume knob for the stereo. Unfortunately, you don’t get satellite navigation as standard – for this, you’ll have to pay extra for an X-plore model.
If you do, the maps themselves are bright and the reasonably responsive on-screen keyboard makes inputting a postcode a doddle. It’s not particularly easy to swipe or pinch to preview your route, but the high-contrast graphics mean you won’t easily miss an upcoming turning.
If you don’t like the Toyota Aygo’s standard navigation system, you can get Apple and Android smartphone mirroring instead that lets you use your phone’s navigation apps through the built-in touchscreen. This feature is standard on X-cite and X-clusiv models, and also lets you stream music through the Toyota Aygo’s stereo.
Speaking of stereos, entry-level X cars come with a weedy two-speaker system while all other versions get a better four-speaker unit. Sadly, there’s no option to upgrade to a big-name brand like VW’s Beats Audio system.