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2018 Toyota Aygo verdict

Toyota’s city car gets a mid-life update to better challenge the class leaders

Words By Darren Moss

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Toyota Aygo

Toyota has also overhauled the Aygo’s trim structure to appeal to a wider audience. Personalisation still plays a big part in the Aygo, too, and buyers can choose from a wide range of paint finishes, interior flourishes (including trim that matches your paint colour) and even sticker packs.

At the bottom of the range, and likely to attract your eye with a price tag of just Β£9695, is the three-door X model – Toyota hasn’t followed the current trend of axing three-door hatches entirely – but the majority of buyers will start their Aygo journey with the Β£9995 five-door model. In entry-level form, though, it’s a spartan choice, with even air conditioning not coming as standard. Better, then, to go for an X-Play model, which gets you a touchscreen infotainment system, air-con, split-folding rear seats and 15in alloy wheels.

The trouble is, getting our recommended Aygo will cost you Β£11,375. And that’s an issue, because you can get a more powerful and more spacious Picanto in 2 trim for just Β£200 more. It’s the same story on a PCP finance deal, with the Picanto working out slightly cheaper. So while these updates have improved the Aygo, its position within this market is unchanged, as is our recommended city car.


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Rated 3 out of 5


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Rivals:

Kia Picanto

CitroΓ«n C1


Toyota Aygo X-Play

Price Β£11,375 Engine 3cyl, 998cc, petrol Power 71bhp at 6000rpm Torque 69lb ft at 4400rpm Gearbox 5-spd manual 0-62mph 13.8sec Top speed 99mph Official economy 68.9mpg CO2, tax band 93g/km, 19%

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