The first Toyota Aygo was somewhat unremarkable as a city car – not in the case that it was particularly bad, but more the point that it wasn’t anything new. It was very inoffensive and mild mannered. Here with the second generation it seems as though the Aygo realised this in the midst of a midlife crisis and immediately booked a flight to Thailand, returning sometime later with a mental hairstyle, a devil may care attitude and a massive back tattoo depicting Shania Twain and Derek O’Cora fighting over a pineapple.
Immediately you notice its funky new look, with its X shaped front which was actually based on the car from a Japanese cartoon called Astro boy. Maybe it should be a call for more car designs to be based on fictional vehicles? Food for thought auto industry, because one thing we can be certain of is the distinction this car has over others in terms of style. Not only that, but this car has smashed into the ability to customise with reckless abandon. Parts of the car (the big X and other parts of the exterior and interior) are designed to easily click off and be interchangeable with different coloured pieces so you can customise your car to suit your personality and tastes. You could even swap your parts with other Aygo owners when you get bored.
It’s clear that Toyota have angled this car with individualistic appeal which is fantastic. The X-touch Infotainment system is one of the 2014 Toyota Aygo’s interior highlights. It syncs to your smartphone (with an easy to follow set-up) and duplicates your phone’s desktop on the car’s touchscreen. This is one of the aforementioned interior customisation options too so you’re bound to have a lot of fun with this feature.
The new 2014 Toyota Aygo was developed jointly with French siblings, the Peugeot 108 and the Citroen C1 so many of the oily parts are the same. In performance terms it’s inevitably much like its predecessor, but the engine has been thoroughly reworked so it’s now quite a fun city run around. You may wonder how much fun you could possibly have with a 68bhp 1.0ltr 3 cylinder engine, but rest assured it is an improvement on the Mk 1.
Being a redevelopment, everything about the drive and handling dynamics are a little bit better than before. The ride comfort has come on leaps and bounds so it handles bumps and potholes with relative ease (a bugbear with the previous model) and the steering and clutch feel light. However it’s worth noting that the gear change is a bit harder than you’d imagine for this nimble city slicker. The 2014 Toyota Aygo has a top speed of 99mph and does 0-62 in 14.2 seconds making its overall performance a bit modest, but then again it’s fairly unlikely that someone buying a city car such as this will be taking it street racing. Probably.
The 2014 Toyota Aygo is actually very efficient for a petrol car, pumping out 95g/km of CO2, putting it cleanly in the bracket for free road tax. There is even an eco-specific model which reduces the CO2 emissions to 88g/km with a stop-start system.
What are the downsides to the new 2014 Toyota Aygo then? Well the interior, although modernised, feels a bit plasticy and the space you have isn’t massive. The gear changing is a bit tough and handling around corners could be a little bit tighter too, but with a starting price at £8,595 (Toyota’s cheapest car) and the fact that it’s a lot more fun to drive – these aren’t a great deal of trouble to contend with.
So what’s the verdict on the 2014 Toyota Aygo? Sporting a funky new look, a multitude of customisation options plus the fact that it’s cheeky and fun to drive, the Aygo Mk 2 does a remarkable job of eclipsing the unremarkable Mk 1. Toyota have clearly hedged their bets with creating a car with tons of character and individualistic appeal and it’s paid off, making it a strong contender within the city car segment.
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