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The Top Gear car review:Toyota Aygo
For:Cheap to buy, pennies to run, good to drive, reliable
Against:Based on some very old tech, cabin is tiny and tinny
What is it?
The Aygo has been around, largely unchanged under the skin, since 2005. I’s still built in the same Czech factory, alongside the Citroen C1 and the Peugeot 108, which share its engine, chassis and, most importantly, the costs of designing and building it. The Aygo entered its second generation in 2014, and this is Toyota’s mid-life update. As you’d expect, the styling has been tweaked a little, but there are a few more profound changes under the skin.
The old ‘x-face’ has gone, more or less. The nose is still unmistakably x-shaped, but it’s a slightly more subtle effect than the old contrast-coloured design. Toyota has given the Aygo new headlights, too, which have built-in LED daytime running lamps, which add a little more definition to that shape, so, while it’s hardly the most striking change ever, it’s a subtle but effective front-end restyle. Around the back and down the sides, barely anything has changed at all, and you’d have to be an Aygo anorak to see any differences. Do such people exist?
The engine has been in for quite a few improvements, which we weren’t expecting. The 1.0-litre VVTi three-cylinder petrol unit gets a miniscule power boost – up 2bhp, bringing it to 71bhp – but there have been mechanical changes, as well.
There’s a new fuel injection system, reshaped combustion chambers, a new exhaust gas recirculation system and a new balancer shaft, all in the name of increased efficiency. Toyota has also added a heap more sound deadening panels to the back of the dashboard, the inside of the doors and the windscreen pillars, in an effort to make the Aygo more refined at cruising speeds.
The more important changes are arguably to the equipment and colour schemes — people buying in this class apparently choose their cars mostly because of how they look, so Toyota’s bringing along some new paint (including a retina-damaging pink called ‘Magenta Fizz’) and some more customisation options.