Toyota Aygo 2018 front seat

Toyota Aygo review

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Driving position and dashboard

There’s no driver's seat height adjustment on entry-level X trim, but jump up one rung and it's standard — and very welcome. The seat is jolly comfortable, too. There's 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 or its Skoda and Seat spin-offs.

A rear-view camera is standard from X-Play trim, while rear parking sensors are available as part of an optional pack on all but entry-level X cars.

None of the trims come with LED headlights, but the X-Play trim and above does get LED daytime running lights. Fog lights appear from X-Trend trim.

Toyota Aygo 2018 front seat

Sat nav and infotainment

Entry-level X Aygos miss out on any sort of touchscreen technology, making do with a two-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and USB/Aux-in connectivity.

Moving up to X-Play adds Toyota’s 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth and a DAB radio (with four speakers), plus the option of sat-nav. If you don't want the added cost of in-built sat-nav, then the system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which lets you can use your phone's Google Maps, Waze or Apple Maps navigation apps from the touchscreen.

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 Up's, Citigo's and Mii's system.

Quality

It's worth going for X-Play, the second trim level in the range, because this brings a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob in place of the basic X trim's plastic offerings. X-Play and above also add more appealing, graphite-finish dashboard panels that can be personalised to your taste. 

As you go up the range, the options and colours available for the dashboard styling get ever swisher, and the top of the range X-Clusiv trim adds part-leather seats. The rest of the interior still features lots of scratchy plastics, though, which look cheap compared with a Hyundai i10.

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

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