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Used Toyota Aygo 2014-present review

Category: City car

Section: What is it like?

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  • Toyota Aygo 2014-present front corner
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Used Toyota Aygo 2014-present review
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What's the used Toyota Aygo hatchback like?

The first-generation Toyota Aygo was a sharply styled and well-screwed-together city car that soon gained a reputation for offering thrifty and economical motoring. It wasn’t a great car to drive, though, or even a particularly practical one to use, and lost its way a little when a rash of younger rivals from the VW Group, Kia and Hyundai stole its thunder.

The answer to these challenges came in this second-generation model – a more mature and yet even more rakishly styled car that's better armed to compete in this burgeoning class of likeable tiny tots.

The range-topping trims start with the x-cite, which comes with a red paint job, a black roof and alloys, and tinted rear windows, while x-clusiv will find automatic projector headlights, climate control and keyless entry and go. Completing the Aygo line-up is the limited edition x-claim model, which adds plenty of fresh air through its retractable burgundy-coloured roof. Later models tidied up the range a little and offered an x-trend trim.

On the road, the engine has to be worked hard for the Aygo to make decent progress, though, as with the older model, and it makes a noticeable thrum while going about its business, so refinement isn’t its strongest point. Pull away from a 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.

But for such a small car, the Aygo rides and handles well. Its steering is light and fairly direct, and its turning circle is, as you'd imagine, tight, which is useful in city centres. It can get caught out by poor road surfaces and sharp imperfections, though; these can thwack through the small car's body. It has to be said that one or two of its rivals ride a little better.