• It even has an aggressive front end and a 3D "X" Element
  • Much more angular than before
  • With new wheels
  • and paint options
  • There's a new headlight design
  • and redesigned tailights
  • Inside, there's a new instrument cluster and new upholstery to go with body-colored trim too
  • Under the hood there's a three-banger with 71 HP and 69 LB-FT
  • 0-to-62 mph comes in 13.8 seconds
  • topspeed is rated at 100 mph
  • It's not fast but it sure does pull 72.4 mpg
  • It rides great too
  • thanks to revised suspension
  • and it handles better too
  • thanks to improved steering software
  • Not too bad, huh?

Sportier front fascia and revised drivetrain

Developed in partnership with Citroen and Peugeot and launched alongside the C1 and 107 (later renamed the 108), the Toyota Aygo needed just a few years to become one of the most appreciated vehicles on the mini car market. Praised for its bold styling, agile handling, peppy three-cylinder engine, and rock-solid reliability, the Aygo is among the most popular of small hatchbacks in Europe. Redesigned in 2014, the second-generation Aygo received its mid-cycle facelift at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

With a redesigned front end, new wheels and paint options, the Aygo is sportier than ever design-wise. The interior carries over mostly unchanged, but Toyota added new upholstery and a more premium look on the options list. More importantly, it refined the car’s suspension and the steering in order to fix some of the complaints it received from customers and outlets in recent years. But is it enough to give the competition a run for its money? Let’s find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Aygo.

Exterior

  • Aggressive front end
  • 3D "X" element
  • More angular features
  • Revised headlamps
  • New wheels
  • New paint options
  • Redesigned taillights
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topspeed is rated at 100 mph
Up front, the city car looks like a brand-new one, sporting revisions all over the place and a sportier stance

Although just a facelift to existing Aygo, the update is quite comprehensive design-wise. Up front, the city car looks like a brand-new one, sporting revisions all over the place and a sportier stance. The aggressiveness comes from the more angular lines in the bumper and the sharper headlamps, both of which are new.

The "X" that defines the current Aygo has been redesigned too. Previously a two-dimensional graphic finished in black (other color options were available too), now it’s a three-dimensional element that modifies the car’s front fascia significantly. The 3D look is complemented by new headlamps that have more angular edges and a revised cluster with new LED daytime running lights. The latter are now integrated under the plastic cover, having been moved from their previous location on the bumper. New triangular grilles placed below make the headlamps seem a bit larger and give the Aygo a more aggressive look.

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thanks to revised suspension
Around back, the new taillights showcase a more modern cluster with an S-shaped LED strip

The lower section of the "X" nose frames the front grille, which also has a revised shape. The most notable change is that the foglamps now have their own triangular sockets in the bumper. The ornamentation beneath the lights can be had in either black, gloss-black, or silver.

The profile of the updated Aygo is pretty much the same, which isn’t surprising for a mid-cycle facelift. Only two key differences can be spotted upon close inspection. Toyota introduced new wheel designs, including a black-painted, multi-spoke model, and the taillights now have more prominent outer lenses that are visible from the side. Around back, the new taillights showcase a more modern cluster with an S-shaped LED strip and revised upper brake lights and lower reverse lamps. Not only wider but now they also lack the chrome background that made them look cheap on the outgoing model. Everything else remains as before.

Of course, the Aygo gets a few new exterior colors too, including a metallic purple that makes it look like a full-fledged Kei car. And it’s cute too.

Interior

  • New instrument cluster graphics
  • New seat fabrics
  • New premium upholstery
  • Body-colored trim
  • Reduced noise and vibration
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Inside, there's a new instrument cluster and new upholstery
to go with body-colored trim too
While the exterior looks pretty new, especially up front, the cabin carries over with almost unnoticeable changes

While the exterior looks pretty new, especially up front, the cabin carries over with almost unnoticeable changes. The instrument cluster is the only thing that gained touch-ups, but only in the form of three-dimensional graphics and a new illumination color. Toyota also says that most grades have new seat fabrics, which is evident in the photos, but the seats are the same as the outgoing model. A new upholstery color in Quartz Grey and Piano Black is described as "more premium." Like the outgoing model, the cabin gets body-colored trim around the A/C vents, on the upper door panels, and the gearshift knob. The floor mats also have accents that match the exterior. In this case, the black and grey are combined with metallic purple, which gives the interior a cool, youthful vibe.

Toyota also reduced noise and vibration in the cabin

Toyota also reduced noise and vibration in the cabin by adding sealing and sound absorption materials to the dashboard, front pillars, doors, and rear deck.

But despite the lack of major changes, the Aygo is actually a pleasant little car on the outside, and the tech package is decent, to say the least. There’s a very nice touchscreen on the center stack for the infotainment system, and the HVAC controls are grouped in a small console underneath. There’s a USB port as standard, as well as a rear view camera. Most plastic elements still look cheap, but given the price, it’s not exactly an issue. Overall fit and finish is good though, and trunk space is pretty good for this segment.

Drivetrain

  • Three-cylinder engine
  • 71 horsepower
  • 69 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 62 mph in 13.8 seconds
  • Top speed rated at 100 mph
  • Fuel economy at 72.4 mpg combined
  • Revised suspension
  • Improved steering software
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With new wheels
For 2018, the three-cylinder engine was further updated to meet new European emissions standards

The first-generation Aygo was launched with two small-displacement engines. The gasoline option was a 1.0-liter three-cylinder rated at 67 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque, while the diesel version used a 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 54 horses and 96 pound-feet. The redesign from 2014 saw Toyota drop the diesel and add a 1.2-liter gasoline unit from PSA instead. The 1.0-liter mill, shared with many other Toyota models, as well as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, continued with certain upgrades.

For 2018, the three-pot was further updated to meet new European emissions standards and gained a bit more power. Revised in order to achieve an ideal balance between power and fuel economy, the 1.0-liter engine delivers more torque at lower engine speed. It also features a new dual fuel injector system, a higher compression ratio, new low-friction components, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, and an improved balancer shaft for less vibration at idling speed.

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and redesigned tailights
The small unit cranks out 71 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of twist

Performance-wise, the small unit cranks out 71 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of twist. That’s only two extra horses and no improvement in the torque department. Hitting 62 mph from a standing start takes 13.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 100 mph. Granted, these figures are far from impressive, but we’re looking at a city car that’s supposed to deliver outstanding fuel economy before everything else. And there’s good news in this department, with Toyota claiming that fuel consumption has improved from 68.9 to 72.4 mpg combined on the British cycle. This figure is still subject to homologation, but we’re looking at an extra 3.5 mpg, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The improved engine is backed by revised suspension setup and an improved steering software, both of which enable the Aygo to react quicker and more precise to driver inputs.

Prices

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There's a new headlight design

Pricing information for the updated Aygo is not yet available, but the sticker should increase by much compared to the outgoing model. The three-door version retails from £9,255, while the five-door variants starts from £9,655, so expect both to remain under £10,000. The most expensive Aygo as of this writing is the X-Claim Limited Edition, which comes in at £14,195.

Competition

The city car market is actually pretty packed in Europe, with several models available. The competition includes the two French cars that share underpinnings with the Toyota, the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, but options also include the Volkswagen Up!, Skoda Citigo, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, and the Fiat Panda. The latter is the best-selling minicar in Europe, with almost 190,000 units delivered in 2017.

Citroen C1 / Peugeot 107

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and it handles better too

The Citroen C1, the Peugeot 107, and the Toyota Aygo have been sharing underpinnings since 2005. The C1 was redesigned around the same time as the Aygo, gaining a fresh design inspired by larger Citroens (and even the more expensive DS models. Also available in three- and five-door configurations, the C1 is highly customizable for a vehicle this size, being available in eight body colors and even two-tone paint schemes. It can also be ordered with the Airscape soft-top, a foldable top similar to the Fiat 500C. The interior is extremely similar and comes with the same color-matched trim as the Aygo. Similarities continue under the hood, where the C1 has the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine in the same specifications. Pricing starts at £9,120, but the range-topping C1 Airscape retails from £12,185 before options.

The same applies for the Peugeot 108, known as the 107 until the 2014 overhaul. While the French mini sports its own design features on the outside, it’s identical to the Aygo and the C1 on the inside, save for minor upholstery and equipment changes. It also uses the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder powerplant. The 108 starts from £9,120 in base trim and goes up to £13,735 before options in GT Line specs.

Hyundai i10

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The i10 arrived two years after the C1/107/Aygo trio was launched, but it’s already a popular choice among European customers. The small Korean car was redesigned in 2013 and received an extensive facelift for the 2017 model year. In addition to the more appealing design, which isn’t as exotic as the Aygo’s though, it also gained a big upgrade in the technology department, now featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Servies for real-time traffic and local weather. All three features are unique to this segment. Hyundai also added Front Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, two safety features usually found on larger models, but both are optional on most trims. Two engine options are available, starting with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder rated at 66 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque. More oomph comes from the 1.25-liter four-cylinder, which cranks out 87 horses and 88 pound-feet of twist. The three-pot is also available with bi-fuel technology, mixing gasoline and LPG. Pricing for the i10 starts from £8,995, which makes it the most affordable of the pack.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai i10

Conclusion

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Needless to say, minicars aren’t the most attractive vehicles you can buy today. Their designs are far from spectacular and their equipment packages aren’t as fancy as the bigger models. But things have started to change recently and the revised Aygo is among the mini cars that actually stand out design-wise. Sure, you get better equipment with the latest Hyundai i10, but if you want a city car that looks somewhat exotic, you can’t go wrong with the Aygo. Reliability is a big plus too, as the Aygo is as solid as any other Toyota out there.

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    • * The Hyundai i10 comes with better tech
    • * It can become expensive in higher trims

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Press release

The new Toyota Aygo makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March. Changes to the successful city car strengthen its stand-out character in a highly competitive market segment, both in terms of a youthful and distinctive design and improved performance and handling for a fun-to-drive experience.

The current Aygo has been a notable success for Toyota since its launch in 2014, becoming an instantly recognisable model with its trademark frontal “X” design and wide range of customisation options.

Appealing to a more style-conscious audience than those who buy their cars for purely rational reasons, Aygo has become one of Toyota’s most successful models in terms of conquest sales and attracting buyers new to the brand. In Europe, Aygo was one of the top sellers in the A-segment for city cars, with more than 85,000 sales and a 6.6 per cent market share.

DESIGN

The frontal “X” on the new Aygo has been transformed from a two-dimensional graphic into a more powerful, three-dimensional architectural element. The distinctive new look includes redesigned headlight units with integral daytime running lights, giving the car an even more striking appearance.

The lower section of the X frames the front grille, communicating a stable stance and agile performance. Black, gloss black or silver ornamentation beneath the lights accentuates the car’s width.

When viewed in profile, there is a strong visual connection between the front and rear of the car thanks to the more pronounced frontal form and the introduction of new outer lenses for the tail lamp clusters, generating a sense of forward movement.

New LED light guides at the rear give the new Aygo a sophisticated look and help make the car instantly recognisable. The lighting signature creates the perception of a compact cabin above a wider, lower bumper area, emphasising vehicle width and stability.

New colours and new wheel designs – each dedicated to a specific model grade – add to the impact of the exterior styling.

In the cabin, the combimeter has been upgraded with graphics that have a more three-dimensional look and a new illumination colour. Most grades have new seat fabrics and a more premium colour scheme in Quartz Grey and Piano Black has been introduced (UK colours to be confirmed).

DRIVING DYNAMICS

Performance and driving dynamics have been improved for more agile performance around town, while maintaining Aygo’s class-leading fuel economy. Measures have also been taken to achieve a marked reduction in noise and vibration levels experienced in the cabin.

Toyota’s award-winning 998cc three-cylinder, 12-valve DOHC engine now meets Euro 6.2 emissions standards. Revisions have achieved an ideal balance of power and fuel efficiency, with better torque delivery at lower engine speed, giving an even better driving experience in urban traffic.

The changes include a new dual fuel injector system, a higher compression ratio, new low-friction components, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system and an improved balancer shaft for less vibration at idling speed.

Output is slightly higher (+2bhp/2kW) 71bhp (53kW) at 6,000rpm, with 93Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. Acceleration from rest to 62mph can be accomplished in 13.8 seconds, and top speed is 100mph. Fuel consumption has improved from 68.9 to 72.4mpg (combined cycle, pre-homologation figures), which delivers a commensurate reduction in CO2 emissions.

Improvements to engine performance have been complemented by changes to the suspension settings and steering software, allowing the Aygo to react quickly and precisely to driver inputs.

Finally, sealing and sound absorption materials have been added to the dashboard, front pillars, doors and rear deck, bringing a marked reduction in noise and vibration in the cabin, at all engine speeds.

Aygo model grades and equipment features for the UK market will be announced nearer the car’s on-sale date later this year.

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