Used Toyota Aygo Review (2014-2022) MK2

Independent review by Bruce Booth from Driving Force

5-minute read

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Toyota Aygo (2014-2022)

There are many strong competitors in its class, but the Aygo is well up for the challenge, proving to be one of the best city cars around

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Overview

  • Fun to drive
  • Cute styling
  • No road tax
  • Limited boot space
  • Basic cabin
  • Cramped in the back
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What's the Toyota Aygo like?

If someone mentions Fun, Fun, Fun, chances are that the Beach Boys hit from the 1960s will spring to mind.

But fun, fun, fun was what Toyota said about their second-generation Aygo, which hit our streets in the middle of 2014.

The Aygo was part of a joint venture with Peugeot and Citroën, but the difference this time round was that all three manufacturers were free to put their own individual stamp on their respective offerings.

Design and Equipment

Toyota kicked the old style book into touch and rather than sticking with conservative design cues, gave the latest Aygo a far more aggressive, bang-in-your-face look.

You didn’t have to look very far to see Toyota meant business, for you couldn’t miss the front end with its unique X design, which came in a variety of colours to contrast with the main body colour.

And it was much the same inside, where a choice of personalisation packs with colourful touches and highlights, gave buyers a chance to customise their Aygo.

Used car buyers can choose from three trim levels, X, X-Play and X-Pression, while two special editions – the X-Cite and X-Clusive – are also to be found.

All three trims were available with three or five doors, while 5-door X-Play and X-Pression versions can be found with X-Shift clutchless automated manual gearboxes, complete with steering-wheel-mounted paddles.

The Aygo came well appointed in the safety stakes, with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, stability control and an array of airbags fitted as standard.

Other features included hill start assist, LED daytime running lams, ISOFIX seat fixing points, and tyre pressure monitoring. Higher spec models also featured part-leather seats, smartphone connectivity, and rearview monitoring system via 7-inch colour touchscreen which could incorporate a sat nav system.

Driving Experience and Practicality

The Toyota Aygo is fun to drive, with its tight turning circle just the job for nipping around town and slipping into tight parking spots, while the ride quality and suspension came well-matched for any job in hand.
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The interior itself also moved up a gear to be more refined, quieter, and more comfortable on the hoof than the old version.

Onboard you’ll find a fair amount of cubby spaces for odds and ends, and it’s a good job, for the boot space is pretty limited at just 168 litres.

Engines

Under the bonnet was slotted the same 1.0-litre engine as before, but extra refinements and tweaks made it smoother and more economical, giving it an official fuel consumption figure of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of just 95g/km. That means drivers will benefit from zero road tax.

You’ll find the 5-speed gearbox super slick, while the gear ratios were adjusted to make the Aygo a smooth operator, especially on faster out-of-town dual-carriageways where it could keep up with the pace quite easily.

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The Toyota Aygo is an adorable city car with quirky styling and a decent amount of equipment as standard. With its nippy engine, compact size, and tight turning circle, the Aygo excels in congested city traffic whilst also being super fun to drive.