No, it hasn’t been having a fight (although it could be down to Top Gear’s football Aygo matches!), but Toyota has launched the 2009 version of the Aygo, and two new editions, the Aygo Black and the Aygo Blue.
The Aygo was launched back in 2005, as a sub-Yaris city car, and has carved a justifiably successful niche for itself across Europe, selling more than 100,000 in the process. As with all Toyotas it’s well built, and is actually a pretty nimble car with fun driving dynamics.
The 2009 Aygo gets a few tweaks to improve fuel economy and emissions (now 106g/km) and a few body tweaks, including a re-sculpted nose. The Aygo and Aygo+ continue, with the tweaks for 2009, but the news is the new models.
The Aygo Black gets 14″ alloys and a dose of leather and alcantara on the inside for the manual model, or if you want aircon then an auto version is also offered. Surprise, surprise, the Aygo Black is finished in metallic black. The Aygo Blue gets AirCon and bluetooth and of course Blue paintwork. You can also specify the Xtra Protected Pack or the Syle Pack for more options.
As a city car, the Aygo has quite a lot going for it. Stylish, affordable and reasonably roomy (but you won’t get much shopping in the boot – it’s tiny) plus of course the cherished Toyota reliability and build quality. It’s there alright, but it’s a bit misleading. Underneath, the Aygo is actually the same as Citroen’s C1 and the Peugeot’s 107, as it’s a joint venture. So although the public perceive the Aygo as better made, it’s really the same. However, at resale time you will certainly get a better price than if you’d bought one of the French cars. Not as good as the Ford KA, it is however a pretty good buy.