A markedly improved ride comfort and superior soundproofing over the previous model, that’s what we immediately noticed when driving the first kilometers with the new Toyota Aygo. However, engine noise is still clearly present and even more so at higher speeds, but nevertheless, the difference with the previous model is literally sound and clear.
Under the new Toyota Aygo’s bonnet sits an improved – more thrifty – version of the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine which was also found in the previous version. Producing 68bhp and just 95Nm of torque, the car is not fast, but performance is adequate and nice for city use. The five-speed manual gearbox took time to get used to. It felt a little long geared, and one always tended to shift down to get the pulling power and zest one was looking for in a given driving situation. Simply putting your foot down in the gear you were cruising did only produce a rather timid acceleration. But then this high gearing in combination with the small engine results in the excellent consumption figures which today’s customers just love to read. We noted an average consumption with the manual gearbox of 5,7 l/100 km, emitting just 95g/km of CO2 in the process. And that’s nice!
Apart from its looks we loved the sharply styled city car for its parking convenience. Even the smallest parking would suit the little car. Combine that with a deeper boot access than before and some more space in the interior, and we would so: Toyota has done its best, again.