The Toyota Aygo’s 7.0-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.
Entry-level X models get a basic monochrome radio system with USB and Aux connections. 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.
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 has 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 7.0-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, although it’s optional on lesser trims.
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, X-cite models and up also come with Apple and Android smartphone mirroring that lets you use your phone’s navigation apps through the built-in touchscreen.
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.