Toyota Aygo – Eco Car

Along with its siblings, the Peugeot 107 and the Citroen C1, the Toyota Aygo represents a worthy, if rather compromised, stab at producing a quality, cheap little eco car. New models are available from as little as £7,000. You’ll end up paying more if you want Air Conditioning.

Toyota Aygo - Eco Car

The materials used in the Aygo definitely feel cheap but the car enjoys typical Toyota build quality. A very good city car with some weaknesses, the Aygo lacks a diesel engine―its biggest drawback compared to both the competition and its sister cars from Peugeot and Citroen.

Toyota Aygo – Low Car Tax Band (VED)

The ability to squeeze into low car tax bands helps boost the overall economic sense of small, efficient cars. Thanks to its frugal and environmentally-friendly petrol engine, the Aygo is exempt from car tax in its first year and currently (2011) £20 a year thereafter. The Aygo falls into Car Tax Band B.

Toyota Aygo – Low Co2 Emissions

The little 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine available in the Toyota Aygo is a great combination of performance and low emissions. Despite providing the Aygo with spirited performance, the engine produces as little as 106g/km of CO2 emissions at the tailpipe when paired with the manual transmission. Toyota’s Multi Mode transmission only increases this to 107g/km.

Toyota Aygo – Safety Features

With a four-star Euro NCAP rating for safety, the Aygo does not fare quite as well as some small cars (including Toyota’s own much smaller iQ), which manage to win a full five-star rating. In addition, the level of standard equipment is rather wanting on the Aygo. The basic model gets just four airbags though pricier versions get side airbags as standard; curtain airbags are extra.

Toyota Aygo - Eco Car

Toyota Aygo – High Miles Per Gallon

You’ll struggle to find a car out there that will cost less to run. There’s no very little car tax to pay, insurance is group 1 and the excellent fuel economy should help limit the shock of increasing petrol prices. Servicing costs should also be low. The 1.0VVT-I version manages between 51.4mpg and 72.4mpg with an average fuel efficiency of 62.8 miles to the gallon.

Toyota Aygo – Boot Space

Despite its economy and utility as a small city car, the Aygo suffers some noticeable limitations. There’s very little boot space and longer journeys are likely to be made rather uncomfortable by the noisy engine and a ride that can get choppy. Cheap cabin materials and a lack of standard equipment are other drawbacks.

Toyota Aygo - Performance

The Aygo’s little three cylinder petrol engine is both spirited and economic. Though it can get a little raucous at high revs, it still manages to give the Aygo enough motivation. The Aygo is no high-performance car but it feels plenty quick enough around town. The 1.0 litre VVT-I model reaches a top speed of 98mph and takes 14.2 seconds to reach 62mph.

Toyota Aygo - Conclusion

Despite the low price and some rather cheap-feeling materials, the Aygo is still a Toyota. Though it is built in concert with sister models from Peugeot and Citroen, the Aygo benefits from Toyota manufacturing and should hold together well.

The Toyota Aygo makes a fine city car though it suffers some issues in terms of both cargo space and access through the hatch. It’s an economical car that manages to avoid feeling like the penny-pincher’s option. Any niggles should be assuaged by the low running costs and the generally perky character. The Aygo would make a perfect first car as the insurance and running costs would be very low in comparison to other cars.

Ultimately, the Aygo’s handling is nothing to write home about. Grip levels are rather limited, especially at higher speeds, but the Toyota Aygo proves a willing partner in the daily cut and thrust of urban traffic. Unless you try to really push on along faster roads, the handling is both fun and capable.

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