You may have been wondering where the new Toyota Aygo has been, since both Peugeot and Citroen have already revealed their versions of the jointly-developed city car. Well, here it is, and it’s looking, um, rather cross.
Running across the front of the car from the base of the A-pillar to the lower corners of the front bumper is a large “X” graphic which ties in the headlights, the Toyota badge and the split air intake. This gives the car an extremely aggressive look that surely will not be to everyone’s tastes.
Still, it’s at least a striking look, certainly when compared to its siblings. Indeed, much of the bodywork is bespoke to Toyota and as such is much more distinctive than the C1 and 108. The dynamic look is enhanced by the car’s dimensions, which sees the car grow in length by just 25 mm to 3,455 mm, while the car actually sits 5 mm lower at 1,460 mm. The track front and rear is now 8 mm wider.
The interior, meanwhile, is much the same as on the other two cars, with a trapezoidal console taking centre stage. The console houses Toyota’s new x-touch multimedia system, featuring a seven-inch touchscreen and a rear view camera. Aside from controlling the car’s audio, phone, connectivity and vehicle and journey information functions, the system also features a “wide choice” of navigation and social media apps.
Other interior details include an instrument cluster that is dominated by a large central speedometer with an integrated multi-information display, circular air vents on either side of the dashboard and body-coloured door trim like the previous version.
The new Aygo is powered by the same 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine as before but runs at a higher compression ratio of 11.5:1. Power and torque rises slightly to 68 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 95 Nm at 4,300 rpm, an increase of 1 bhp and 2 Nm respectively. Like the previous model, the Aygo is available with a five-speed manual and a five-speed automated manual gearbox, which Toyota says is much improved over the old ‘box.
With these improvements, coupled with a drag coefficient of just 0.29, the Aygo uses less petrol than before – fuel consumption has gone down to just 4.1 litres per 100 km. Meanwhile, carbon dioxide emissions have dropped to just 95 g per km, which means it qualifies for annual road tax (VED) exemption in the UK.
As is the norm with most small cars today, the new Toyota Aygo is also offered with a wealth of customisation options. On the outside, the “X” graphic, rear bumper insert and wheels can all be customised, while inside, the instrument panel, centre console, air vents, shift knob and gearlever surround can also be swapped out.