‘GOING FOR AN AYGO’
Added 14th September, 2018
, updated 13th September, 2018
By Jonathan Crouch
At first glance, it would be entirely understandable if you felt that this second Aygo interpretation was a case of style over substance. The wheelbase is the same as the MK1 model, you still find a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine beneath the bonnet and the basic handling dynamics are little changed. Even the interior accommodation is much the same.
Despite all of that though, there’s no doubt that the updates that created this second generation Aygo really brought it into contention in this segment. The cabin feels far more modern than that of the previous design, the clever x-touch infotainment system is a must-have and it’s hard to think of a bolder, more progressive-looking citycar from the 2014-2017 era. Yes, it’s a design that still might disappoint in terms of total space. And the improved handling still doesn’t quite hit the class benchmark. But it’s versatile and fun to drive enough for these things not to put you off imagining one in your mental driveway.
From being forgettable, the Aygo is in this form genuinely likeable - and there’s a world of difference between those two attributes. You could imagine caring about this Toyota - feeling a genuine sense of pride in ownership. If that was Toyota’s aim, then the mission was accomplished here.