Although the dramatically styled Toyota Aygo may not look like them it is, in fact, closely related to the Citroën C1 and Peugeot 108. Each manufacturer has taken their car’s styling in a different direction but the Toyota is the most extreme and, more than the other two, offers more opportunities for personalisation.
Only one engine – a nippy and frugal 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol – is available. Once you’ve decided whether you want a three-door or five-door Aygo, there are five trim levels and a wealth of colour combinations to choose from.
The Aygo offers a pleasant interior and the sort of low running costs buyers look for when choosing a car from this class. Unfortunately, though, it is off the pace in too many areas to compete for class honours.
It may be easily customisable and pleasant inside, but the Aygo is too cramped, unrefined and poor to drive to challenge the best city cars in what is a very crowded and talented class. It’s just slightly more expensive than them to buy outright, too.
The Hyundai i10, Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up are our favourite models. Each boasts more passenger space, and greater practicality and performance than the Aygo.
This being so, choosing an Aygo in the right trim level and specification is critical if you’re to avoid compounding the model’s problems. For that reason, our pick of the range is the Aygo 1.0 VVT-i X-play.