Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toyota's Little Star Car Still Has the X Factor

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toyota's Little Star Car Still Has the X Factor

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WE tried out the latest version of Toyota's popular city car the Aygo after it launched in the UK a couple of years ago and found it to be practical and lots of fun.

Since then other manufacturers have come up with (or upgraded) their own 'fun' city cars, so to see if the Aygo has still 'got it' we had a week with an x-press mid range version filled with motoring must haves like a reversing camera, hill start assist and DAB radio as standard - with our test car also having sat-nav (a £400 option).

The second-generation Aygo is much more distinctive than the first model and starts from £8,995 in 'x' trim, making it the most affordable car Toyota sells in the UK.

For such a small car, there are quite a few trim options, with the range-topping x clusiv grade getting leather seats, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a seven-inch touchscreen with DAB radio, Mirrorlink smartphone connectivity and a reversing camera.

Our little Toyota, with its smart black and red colour scheme and black alloy wheels, turned out to be every bit as good as I remembered - it's a hoot to drive and one of those cars that makes you smile as soon as you get in… it is trying to be mean with that 'angry ninja' corporate Toyota face but just looks cute.

The Aygo is bristling with safety features such as lane departure warning, collision avoidance, stability control, hill start assist, ABS, EBD, tyre pressure monitoring six airbags and traffic camera alert.

It feels well-made and has a quality finish inside, particularly good is the latest Toyota infotainment touch screen system. There's lots of room for people in the front on stylish sports seats, but rear seat passengers will be a little cramped. For this mark two model Toyota made a number of technical improvements under the skin, including that enhanced vehicle safety.

The Aygo proved more than up to the task of motorway driving being comfortable at the legal limit, but that three cylinder 998cc VVT-i petrol engine feels like there is not much more left when you eventually get there (0 to 62 in 14.2 seconds) although Toyota say it will reach 99mph.

But then this car is designed to shine on city streets. …

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