Toyota Aygo review

Category: City car

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The driver’s seat is jolly comfortable, and all versions provide height adjustment for the driver. It provides decent side support in corners and, although lumbar adjustment isn't available at all, the lower back support is fine and far better than it is in the VW Up. Another boon is that the backrest can be adjusted easily using a rotary knob — most city cars have an annoying ratcheted lever that offers limited positions.

Like pretty much every city car, the steering moves for height but not reach, and the dials move with the steering wheel so you can always see them easily. Everything on the dashboard is within easy reach and the temperature and ventilation controls are simple to use, too.

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

Small cars need to be easy to see out of, especially when you’re darting around busy towns and cities. Fortunately, the Aygo's tall windows and reasonably narrow front pillars allow good visibility forwards, but its swept-up rear window line makes seeing out the back less easy than from inside a VW Up.

A rear-view camera is standard on all trims, and rear parking sensors are optional. None of the trims come with LED headlights, but you do get LED daytime running lights in all trims. Fog lights appear from X-Trend trim, as do automatic headlights.

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Sat nav and infotainment

Every Aygo has Toyota’s 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth and a DAB radio (with four speakers). There’s no option of adding built-in sat nav, but the system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which lets you use your phone's navigation apps.

The screen's icons are crisp and bold. Working through the menus is also simple, while connecting your mobile phone via Bluetooth is easy. The system used by the Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10 just pips it for usability, but the Aygo's system knocks spots off the Volkswagen Up's system.

Upgrade to the JBL Edition and you get an upgraded stereo complete with a subwoofer under the boot floor. Despite only having five speakers, it’s a surprisingly punchy system that’s a big step up from the standard stereo.

Quality

All models have a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, along with a few jazzy trims to lift the interior, and the range-topping X-Clusiv adds part-leather seats. The rest of the interior still uses lots of scratchy plastics, though, which look cheap compared with those in the Hyundai i10.

Whatever trim level you go for, the Aygo feels solidly built and the ancillary controls resilient, but not quite as precise as those in the Volkswagen Up or Kia Picanto.

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