Used Toyota Aygo Hatchback 2005 - 2014 review

Category: Small car

A great little car to buy and own

Toyota Aygo Hatchback (05 - 14)
  • Toyota Aygo Hatchback (05 - 14)
  • Toyota Aygo Hatchback (05 - 14)
Used Toyota Aygo Hatchback 2005 - 2014 review
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What's the used Toyota Aygo hatchback like?

The Toyota Aygo is relatively cheap to buy, very cheap to insure and has enough style to appeal to the iPod generation.

The Aygo drives and handles reasonably well, as long as you don't push it too hard when cornering. The ride is firm, but it shouldn't upset occupants too much.


A great little car to buy and own

  • Funky looks
  • decent to drive
  • reliable
  • Short on refinement
  • passenger and boot space

Toyota's tiny Aygo is definitely at its best in the city, where its compact dimensions and perky engines make it ideal for zipping through crowded streets. However, replacing city streets with faster A roads and motorways will see a significant drop in refinement.

It isn't the most practical car, either. The boot is minuscule and awkward to load, and the rear seats are short on both head- and legroom.

Ownership cost

What used Toyota Aygo hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Toyota Aygo hatchback?

It might cost a little more to buy than similar-sized cars of the same age, because the Aygo's funky looks and desirability mean its resale values remain strong.

Running costs are where the big savings are made. Both engines carry a group 1 insurance rating, so premiums will be low.

Fuel economy is excellent, too. The petrol returns an average of 61.4mpg, and the diesel is even better - with an average of 68.9mpg. Servicing will also cost you less than it will for most other city cars.

The Toyota generally performs well in reliability and satisfaction surveys, so there shouldn't be many big repair bills.

Our recommendations

Which used Toyota Aygo hatchback should I buy?

Both three and five-door versions are available, but the latter has proved more popular with used buyers. Originally, the Aygo was available with only a 67bhp, 1.0-litre engine, but a 54bhp 1.4-litre diesel was introduced at the beginning of 2006. However, there's was little demand for the new engine and it was dropped from the range in June 2007. As a result they're hard to come by on the used market.

The entry-level Aygo is sparsely equipped, but does include a CD player and two airbags as standard. The Aygo+ model gets ISOFIX child seat fittings, electric front windows, two more airbags, remote central locking and an upgraded stereo. The Sport edition has alloy wheels, but was discontinued in May 2007.

New Black and Blue editions replaced the sport, and included unique paint and alloy wheel options, and could be ordered with extras such as a Bluetooth mobile phone system. The optional semi-automatic gearbox is easy enough to live with once you get used to it.

The Aygo underwent a subtle face-lift in early 2009, with a new front bumper and grille, and revised rear lights.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Toyota Aygo hatchback?