Call it what you want, budget basher, city slicker, student mobile, parking-lot winner or super mini it still does the job the same. And it does it well. The Toyota Aygo has been around for a fair while, sharing the segment and platform with its half-siblings the Citroen C1 and the Peugeot 108. The Frenchies are no longer for sale on South African soil, so like the game of Survivor the Aygo has outlasted, outwitted and outplayed them.
The 2018 Aygo has had a bit of a face-lift, headlamps look a wee bit closer together and the center of the X-motif grille in keeping with the Toyota X-inspired design theme for their cars. Daytime running lights, halogen headlamps, colour-coded front and rear bumper, leather gear lever and 3-spoke steering wheel feature as standard across the range too.
Next there is the extra 2 kW of power bringing it to 53 kW overall. Powered by a three-cylinder 998cc petrol engine the Aygo will produce the afore mentioned 53 kW at 6 000 rpm and 93 Nm at 4 000 rpm. The manual transmission is still a 5-speed, which is perfectly suited to the downsized motor. CO2 emissions are an astoundingly low 97 g/km, so it’s eco friendly too, if that’s a mitigating factor in deciding which vehicle to buy. Claimed fuel consumption is ridiculously low at 4.3 l/100 km, something we will put to the test when we have some more one-on-one time with the Aygo. Top speed is 160 km, not going to get an audition for Fast and Furious but it’s not meant to be hooned around, the Aygo is for running around in. Zero to one hundred in a calm 13.8 seconds, although it’ll get you from zero to fifty pretty efficiently off the line.
The engine and power output remain the same across all three derivatives for the Aygo. The standard baseline Aygo precedes the X-Play model with it’s funky bi-tone options followed by the flagship X-Cite model with it’s bunny chow roof. Or as Toyota prefers to call it “power-retractable black canvas ‘Funroof’”. The X-Cite model benefits from 15-inch diamond shaped alloy wheels giving it the extra bit of street cred.
Before any power snobbery comes to the fore, let’s keep our judgement in context, it’s a city slicker meant for small parking bays, taking the gap in traffic and getting from A to B to C and back to B before heading back to A and then C again. You get our drift. It’s light so power-to-weight ratio means its small engine is not being bogged down by a hefty kerb weight when running around town. A 5-speed manual keeps it honest with access to more power with a drop of a gear. It cruises the open highways at an easy 120 km without appearing to struggle for air. We enjoyed the bunny-chow convertible X-Cite model, it’ll definitely add an element of fun to what could otherwise be a boring day at work.
What about tech we hear you cry? Is the base model subjected to a Mesozoic era radio a la base model Renault Sandero. No. Toyota have gone all Oprah here and everyone gets a touchscreen entertainment system with Bluetooth, USB and aux capability. Ago gets it! X-Play gets it! X-Cite gets it! They also get steering wheel controls and a multi-information display speedometer.
Biggest upgrade for the Aygo, in our opinion, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Assist Control (HAC) as standard. Yup, standard from the entry level to the range topping soft-topped X-Cite. VSC joins other standard safety features of front and side airbags (X-Cite only), ABS with Brake Assist, and ISOfix anchorage points. These safety feature upgrades means it matches the safest small car rival on South African roads, the entry level Renault Sandero and beats it on pricing. We predict a sales riot.
Toyota Aygo model line-up and pricing
Aygo – R 166,800
Aygo X-Play Black – R 169,100
Aygo X-Play Silver – R 169,100
Aygo X-Cite – R 193,100
Warranty & Service
All Aygo models come standard with a 3-year/100 000 kilometre warranty. A range of different service plan options are available for purchase from your Toyota dealer.