Only one engine is offered with the Aygo: a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol. Pull away from standstill and it suffers a prolonged flat spot and absence of power until 4000rpm, after which it is more eager.
As a result, it has to be worked hard to make decent progress, and you'll often need to change down a gear – especially on steep hills – to avoid losing speed.
Toyota Aygo ride comfort
In town, where the roads are often broken and covered with potholes, the Aygo feels jittery and unsettled. It rarely thumps into potholes but occupants are treated to a fairly jiggly ride all the same. Rivals such as the VW Up are much more comfortable.
Things are little better on the motorway. It doesn’t bob up and down on undulations or corrugations, but any cracks in the road, or serious imperfections taken at speed, can make the little car feel quite choppy and unsteady.
Toyota Aygo handling
The steering provides little feedback so you’re never quite sure what the wheels are doing, especially in fast bends. At least the steering weight is constant, so you’re never surprised by a sudden lightness.
City cars should be easy to manoeuvre at low speeds. Fortunately, the Aygo's steering is light enough to make quick turns and parking in cramped spaces a real delight.
It’s quick from lock to lock, too, and because the Aygo doesn’t lean too badly in corners, the car can dart in and out of busy traffic quite confidently.
Toyota Aygo refinement
Work the engine too hard and refinement really suffers. Engine noise in the cabin rises, too, as does the level of vibration in the steering wheel and pedals.
When you ease off the accelerator, there’s a fair bit of transmission whine, while the three-cylinder engine thrums noisily under the rear seats, which is frustrating.
Despite its pedals being consistently weighted, the Aygo's gearshift is frustratingly imprecise, which isn't ideal because there's plenty of gearchanging required in and out of town.
It's hard to relax at a constant motorway cruise, too, because there's non-stop wind noise around the front windows, and road noise inside the cabin.
The only engine available. It’s plagued by an extended flat spot before it begins to pull from around 4000rpm. For this reason you have to really put four foot down to make reasonable progress. You also need to change down to a lower gear to climb long gradients.