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.
Just like the previous version, however, there’s only one engine available: a mildly updated version of the 68bhp (later increased to 71bhp after the 2018 facelift) 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit. If you want something faster, you'll have to go for either of its siblings (the Citroën C1 or Peugeot 108) because these come with a bigger 1.2-litre engine with 81bhp.
A five-speed manual can be found in most examples, but a five-speed automated manual is available. It isn't particularly smooth when changing gear, though, and it tends to be slow to respond when you want to accelerate.
Seven trim levels have been offered: x, x-play, x-press, x-style, x-cite, x-clusiv and x-claim. Entry-level models get 14in steel wheels, LED day-running lights, front electric windows and USB connectivity as standard, while upgrading to x-play fits 15in steels, heated door mirrors, air conditioning, a DAB radio and Bluetooth to the package. Mid-range x-press trimmed cars are adorned with 15in alloy wheels, climate control, front foglights, and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with a reversing camera, while x-style adds a sporty looking bodykit to the Aygo.
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.
The only major issue is one of passenger space, especially in the rear. Up front, two taller people should be comfortable, but it's a different story in the rear. Taller passengers will find it very cramped and its rivals, the VW Up, Skoda Citigo, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10, all have more room, as well as having noticeably bigger boots.
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