Toyota makes the Aygo smarter, crosser and better value
Words: Stephen Smith
Small, affordable cars needn’t be boring. That’s what Toyota has realised, and delivered on with the 2015 Aygo, launched in Durban. Shrugging off their conservative nature, Toyota designers have created something edgy and funky that will appeal to buyers’ senses, and not just their common sense.
A big ‘X’ dominates the front end of the little car, giving it Angry Bird eyebrows for character, while the X-Play models also get two-tone paintwork that looks particularly striking. This is available in black and white or red, and silver and grey, costs just R1000 more, and buyers get the added value of a leather steering wheel and gearknob. Upright light clusters have been added at the back, and overall the styling is far more successful that its homogenous predecessor.
Behind that dynamic ‘X’ is the familiar 1-litre petrol engine, a three-cylinder affair that produces 51kW and 95Nm, accompanied by a throaty thrum from the tailpipe. It’s not fast, but it is frugal (a claimed 4,4 l/100km), and around town it’s fairly nippy. On the open road you will need to manage the five-speed manual ‘box well when tackling hills, but the Aygo isn’t built for long roadtrips.
There are cheaper vehicles on the road, for sure, but few of them are as well equipped as the Aygo. Dual front and side airbags, ABS braking with brake assist and Isofix child car seat anchoring points are the main safety points. In terms of comfort, it has electric windows in the front, a touchscreen infotainment system complete with Bluetooth and USB, manual aircon, a trip computer and power steering. In short, everything you really want in a car.
The Toyota Aygo is priced at R138 900 (R139 900 for the X-Play models), including a 3-year/100 000km warranty. A service plan is an optional extra.