“ The The Toyota Aygo is a budget city car, that is very efficient in terms of fuel efficiency, insurance costs and road tax. Whilst it is fairly basic, it is a reliable and quirky small car which gets you from point A to B. „
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Have owned my Toyota Aygo for 7 Months now, have found it a good economic run around. The car is mainly used for commuting to and from work and I regularly achieve over 45MPG driving on minor roads (No motorway driving). Although the car is not very powerful at a 1.0 Litre it can still pull away quite well to start off with, you then feel slightly underpowered when accelerating from 30MPH upto 70MPH for me this is not a problem as I don't feel the need to accelerate any quicker.
The inside of the car is very basic with plastic trim that feels very flimsy.
The boot is very small but that is to be expected with such a small car and you would only just fit a weekly shop in the boot.
The streo is very basic and only plays radio and normal CD's (No MP3 CD's).
Having bought the Aygo Blue we also have bluetooth connectivity for making calls and Air conditioning.
I am first of all going to emphasise that this has been a superb car in many ways. But I have a story to tell about horrendous problems I ran into causing me effectively two years of unmitigated hell, which is purely down to one aspect of the design of the car.
Firstly though, I'll give a review of the car to reassure you that in many ways I have no quibble with the vehicle itself overall. Then I'll tell you my story...
I've had this car for seven years, and it's one of the earliest models. Now Toyota have had a bad rap recently for car faults, but let me tell you, this car has done over 120,000 miles, mainly due to a long commute every day. It's battled through two terrible snowy winters, and had very few faults in that time. The only major issue I've had was damage to the bearings caused by bad potholes in a parking area I had to use for a time.
This car was only really designed as a runabout city car, but I've driven it huge distances over all sorts of roads and conditions, in all sorts of weathers, and it has stood up to all of that. The place I got it serviced marvelled at the robustness and the little I've had done to it. It's cost me relatively little over the years and is still going well, when I would have thought I'd have to consider replacing it.
Now here's why I won't ever buy another Aygo (at least in the current design).
There was an attempt to steal the car. The thief smashed the back door to get in. But they couldn't get away with it due to the immobiliser. And there all my troubles begain.
It's all down to the absolutely awful time I had with Liverpool Victoria insurers. They put me through absolute hell, and two years later, I HOPE I've finally managed to put the matter to rest.
The car was fingerprinted by the police, and ultimately someone was caught and dealt with in court. (Actually don't know the verdict as although they sent nasty threatening summonses insisting we attend, then kept changing the trial dates then cancelling and telling the culprit but not myself and my witness, so that the trial eventually went ahead when we had a holiday. They never told us the final verdict.)
Now you would think, a clear cut case, report it to the insurers, sort out the claim.
Not as simple as that.
The door, being completely made of glass, disintegrated totally when smashed, leaving the door lock and wiper mechanism unattached to just the electrical cable. So the car was rendered insecure. The insurers were duly called, and having a fully comprehensive policy which entitled me to have the car repaired under the terms of the policy and a courtesy car provided while that happened, the insurers got a garage to pick up the car and take it away.
From then on I had a nightmarish month. Why should this be, you wonder? Well basically, the insurers were treating the damage as a windscreen repair, not a door repair. The problem was, they would not explain this to me or agree clearly what they or I should do about it. They acted in a continually evasive manner. This issue entailed 26 -YES!- 26 phone calls. Three of which ended with me actually in tears. IN TEARS. They simply wouldn't tell me what was going on. They seemed to want to drag things out for the purpose of keeping me on hold on the phone on a premium rate number. I was bounced around all over the place and getting nowhere.
I eventually tried to get in touch with the garage which took my car. That was only possible after being forwarded three times by Liverpool Victoria and being kept on hold for a total of ONE WHOLE HOUR. The garage were quite obnoxious. They said they'd been told not to talk to me. I couldn't believe how this was going, it was becoming totally surreal...eventually I found out a windscreen company had been called in and replaced the door. I said, great, so it's all sorted? I was suspicious when the garage wouldn't actually say "Yes" they just kept saying, "It's been replaced". So the car was brought back to the house where the attempted theft occured (it happened at a relative's house, and I ended up having to say there for a few days till I actually got the courtesy car, so I had to impose on them...), and basically, I didn't let them unload the car, because the lock and wiper mechanism were still lying in bits in the trunk!!!
They were actually trying to return my car in an INSECURE, UNDRIVEABLE condition, not fully repaired. I'm not sure how the policy would cover that...so I wouldn't let them unload. More phone calls to garage and insurer. I said I'm not taking this back till this is fixed.
To cut a - very - long story short, it was almost a month before the car was returned, and I had to pay the full cost of repairs. The policy was bought through Marks & Spencers (I'd paid more than I needed to because I thought I was getting an assurance of quality with Marks & Spencers, which turned out not to be the case) and I made a customer complaint to them and Liverpool Victoria about the appalling way, I, the clear victim of a crime, had been repeatedly treated. In the end what they said was this:
The cost of the repair was just under the excess. (this was apparently a total of £400, I'd been led to believe when I bought the policy I was agreeing to £250). So they didn't want to pay. Fair enough. Why didn't they just tell me that??? When a thing like that happens, how am I supposed to know what repairs are involved or what it will all cost? Parts are sometimes surprisingly expensive - I had my car dented once by a lorry and that cost £900. I had a verrry long (circular) conversation with a customer "care" person at Liverpool Victoria where it was eventually cleared up - only on the TWENTY-SIXTH phonecall, folks. I've hardly ever made an insurance claim in my life, so I don't understand all the ins and outs, it was for them to be clear about how the situation would be handled. But they repeatedly dodged any explanation. They FINALLY agreed that as they were not reimbursing me, my lengthy no claims bonus (for being a good driver, of course) would be intact.
So two years down the line when I think I've put it well behind me, I go to get insurance quotes. I've chosen a policy, and am about to pay, when the new insurer sternly advises me that I've not disclosed a claim I've made, that they're going to charge me more on my policy, and in addition, penalise me for non-disclosure of a claim. So I go back to M&S, say what's this all about? M&S say, nothing to do with us. I point out that I bought the policy from them on the strength of their reputation, can they please sort it out. They get in touch with Liverpool Victoria, who say they have paid for the repairs to the car. I say, show me the proof. M&S mess me around some more, I say, if you are saying you paid out and are recording it as a claim, you have to reimburse me, or else you have to set the record straight. I eventually say I'm going to the Financial Services Ombudsman if they don't clear up the matter. So I wait for about seven more weeks and finally get a letter saying you were right, we apologise profusely, we were in the wrong, your no claims bonus will remain intact.
(Let's not get started either on how the court system treated me, that's another abomination. Like a criminal, not a victim.)
What I would say is this.
If you own one of these cars, and you get your rear windscreen smashed in by anyone trying to steal it, I would not advise anyone to report it. Get it fixed quietly. If you don't want two years of unmitigated nightmare.
If you are considering buying one, DON'T.
Toyota, REDESIGN THIS CAR.
Let me reiterate, it's a great car in many ways. But for everything I went through, I would never, ever, EVER buy another.
I have had this car since 2009 and it has served me well but with a few issues. First off, it is reliable and i have had no major issues with it in the time i have had it. It works well for standard day to day driving with about 50mpg and good safety. It's main advantage is that it is very cheap to run, buy and insure but cheap doesn't always mean good and this is evident when you look at the details. It is very difficult to tell what gear the car is in if you forget as the gearbox is poor, the lack of a rev meter is very annoying, the windcreen steams up horribly all the time which is very frustrating and the sound system is awful. The car has a very small engine which is patience taxing on occasion but tolerable. The car is pretty good for a first car and is very cheap but i would not want it in the long run.
I've owned an Aygo for a little under a year now and have had literally no problems with it. It is a three door style car which for some maybe an issue but it is also available in limited numbers of 5 door styles. As for the size of the car I would say its perfect as a driver, you have a good field of vision and parking is a breeze due to its small length and width (134 x 116 inches). As mention it is a plus as the driver, but for passengers there is sometimes the complaint of lack of legroom in the backseats, but this is too be expected in a small car. Also, the car is only a 4 seater, there is no seatbelt installed in the middle seat in the back of the car which can cause a problem in certain situations and would probably rule out this being a good choice for a family car.
A reason for the popularity of the Toyota Aygo is its low insurance band, 1E. This is one of the lowest insurance groups possible, meaning the price of car insurance is greatly reduced over most other cars and it makes in an ideal car for new teenage drivers as it is well documented that the price of insurance for the teenage age group is astronomical. On top of this, the Aygo is one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market with an average fuel consumption of 61 mpg. Obviously this will save money on fuel especially now when the prices are so high, but also it means that the road tax payable on this car is tiny, as little as £20. Now if you plan to keep the car for a longtime this could save you hundreds of pounds in the long run.
The performance of the Aygo is generally good, with the 1 litre engine providing a good punch, (0-60 in 14 seconds) when needed whilst being incredibly economical. However it does seem to stuggle to get away sometimes, especially on hills and also getting up to speed on motorway driving which maybe an issue if you plan to do a lot of this kind of travelling.
As aforementioned, the comfort of the car really does vary upon where you sit, with the back being somewhat uncomfortable in long journeys. Generally the ride is quite smooth along most roads, although it is quite loud and shaky when driven at motorway speeds. The seats are quite basic but nothing you wouldn't expect to see on a car of this style and are equivalent to its competitors.
Finally, the style of the car. I personally think it looks sleek and modern, with the rear lighting really adding something to standard look of most small cars and seperating it. Having said that it does have a very similar design to the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107. It comes in most colours, with silver, black and red seemingly most popular. I would also say it has a unisex design and it shouldnt put off any male buyers.
I passed my driving test in December 2010 and all along my driving instructor advised me to try and get finance on a newer car from the outset, as I had been learning to drive in a brand new car. It made sense and so whilst I was still having lessons I was collecting brochures and just visiting showrooms to try and feel around for the right car.
Once I had passed my test it was all about going back through which cars I liked and picking a favourite. It was between the Aygo and the Ka. I am so glad that I went for the Aygo. I won't claim that it will give you the smoothest, comfiest ride in motoring history but for between £8000-£9000, what do you expect? I pay just over £150 per month on a hire purchase deal, not from toyota themselves, but still a very good deal - not bad for a new driver and a new car.
The thing I love about the Aygo the most is that it is nippy. Most 1.0 litre engines just lack that for me, and now I've passed my test for a couple of years I have driven others and they just don't go anywhere. The Aygo does. I don't claim to be a "boy racer" but I like to drive and at the traffic lights I can pull away from BMW's. I can also hold my own in the inside line, where most cars of the Aygo's class, simply cannot.
Inside is fairly stylish, average sporty seats, with plenty of storage space. The CD player is nice and clear, as is the controls for heating and hazard light. The dashboard is also simple but I like it - the fuel meter and speed display are very clear - so no excuses if you get pulled over! There is plenty of room in the front, both for the driver and the passenger. There is lots of leg room and the seats can go back quite far, in fact the only thing that is lacking really is a nice arm rest! The back has room for two passengers but I would only say children as adults would find it very tight back there.
The Aygo can easily get to a speed of 70 on dual carriageways with no problems and driving on a motorway was actually very pleasant. The boot may look small on appearance but it is quite deep, and fits my mums weekly shopping in which feeds a family a 5 - and trust me there is a lot of shopping!
There are obviously some down sides to the Aygo, as with anything and for a car of this value you would be a fool to think otherwise. My biggest gripe is the missing air conditioning. Because the Aygo is such a small car, the inside of the car gets hot very quickly, and even with windows open and the cold heater on, it is still very hot.
Because the gearbox is quite a small one when you are pulling away sometimes it short shifts and you tend to be jerk forwards a little bit. I don't find it too bad now I am used to it, but I could see it being an issue for those wanting a perfect car.
Finally, a little more overall room wouldn't go amiss, especially in the back and I really wish I had gone for the 5 door instead of the 3 door. Mainly because I take my dog out in my car and he sometimes struggles to get in the back, so that is my fault but for others trying to decide whether to get a 3 door aygo or a 5 door, I would go 5 door all the way!
I bought the Toyota Aygo 1.0 when I passed my driving and what a first car it was.
My father would often use my car to drive from Wales to London and it never let him down. It has proved that it can hold its own on the motorway but its small size can make the long journeys a bit uncomfortable. The small size of the car was not a problem for me as I am quite a short person so I could easily reach the car pedals but for the taller people it will feel cramped.
As I was a student at the time one of the best things about the Aygo is how cheap it was to run. I drove to London from Wales once and I only needed to put £15 worth of petrol in there. Tax was cheap aswell with me paying only £30 for the whole year.
I had the car for 5 years and I had not one problem with it despite the car being abused on the constant long journeys on the motorway.
All in all the best first car anyone could ask for.
I purchased a 2011 aygo blue as my first car. Here are some facts: 3 door, cd player (with aux) air con (standard), 1ltr petrol. I chose this car mainly due to the manufacturer, Toyota are meant to be a good brand, and i wanted a small nippy car to be my learning/pass car.
For a brand new car i got some toyota offers of that moment of 3 years free servicing and currently have it on one of those lease schemes. I put a large deposit down to keep my payments to around £100 a month (manageable especially for if money gets tight). My road tax is £20 (awesome) as a female of 24 with a learners licence and her mother (no claims) on my insurance was higher than expected i think it was around£800 odd (though i can't remember, i'm going back to may). This was because it was the newer model. I can only assume insurers thing newer cars get hit more? Since then the female insurance rate has increased, and at some point i'll pass my test so insurance will increase. But in comparison to other cars out there, its not THAT bad.
The car itself is pretty basic- but you get what you pay for. It's a little annoying that there is no glove box lid (its open, like a shelf) but all is forgiven for the beauty that is air conditioning. The dials may look vacuum formed (they probably are) but the functions of the car work just nicely. It almost flicks into gear, very light to handle (though even in the slightest wind you can feel a drift). It keeps up with speed nicely considering its small engine size, when my family (insured on it) have driven it on the motorway it does just fine.
Incredibly fuel efficient. Amazing in fact.
Now the downsides. I wish i had bought a 5 door. My grandparents are not impressed that they can't use me as a taxi, its got good room in the back, but is a little tight to get in.
Tiny boot. 3 bags of shopping and your full (though this isn't meant as a family shop car though is it?)
Breaks- i expected a brand new car to nearly throw me through the window with its breaking system. It reminds me of my mums old corsa that didn't even have power steering. Don't be too reliant on them (as in breaking late).
Weight: if you have any *ahem* larger folks get in your car, expect it to struggle, or to stall a lot. Granted this may be due to my inexperience of driving, but it really took some gas when my car had someone heftier in (though i've driven it full and it was fine)
However a lot of these negativities are weighed out as its a first car, its not meant to be huge and crammed with people! (its only a wee 4 seater) i love my lil aygo! Its great for nippy use.
I got my brand new aygo black in july 2010
It is my first car that is all mine and although not the coolest car around it does the job perfectly. I have driven from Shetland to Surrey and it is amazingly fuel efficient. The aygo black has luxurious suede seats and alloys which appealed to me more than the air con and bluetooth that came with the Blue version.
Toyota have been fantastic and if there is anything i'm concerned about, such as a slight break sqeak they check it out quickly and sort it for free (well it is under warranty) and it comes back hoovered and clean :) Besides the odd brake squeak i have (touch wood) had no problems
My road tax is next to nothing and insurance is a cheap band.
all in all i am glad i got this car and would happily purchase from toyota again.
Having had major issues with my 56 plate Ford Fiesta, I decided it was time to change it. Now, my main option really was a Toyota seeing as a lot of the imemdiate family have them and a family member works for a big Toyota dealership!
After having had to fork out a small fortune on the Fiesta over the previous 12 months, a Yaris was a bit too out of my price league so I plumped for the Aygo. We already have an Auris in the household which is used for long journeys and my car is usually only used to get me to and from work (25 miles per day) and half of that time I car share anyway. I ended up buying my Aygo without even looking at it, as I trusted the family member who works for Toyota.
So off I go on the alloted day and pick it up. I was completely amazed when they told me how cheap the tax was on it. So, after picking it up we decided to see just how nippy it was by driving it round and round the city centre. Even though it's only a 1ltr engine it seems far quicker than that, unless you are on an incline. Every 5-6 weeks I end up heading back to see my parents which is a 250ish mile round trip, half of which is motorway. I was expecting the Aygo to struggle abit but I should not heave feared. It comfortably does 70 on the motorway with no issue, and the fuel economy is fantastic.
Inside I find that there is plenty of room,e ven when I have 4 people in there. OK, so the boot space is small but... I never have the car full of passengers when I go shopping, so I have no worries with putting any shopping that doesn't fit in the boot into the back of the car.
OK, so I have the basic version which comes without air con and any flash gadgets but who cares?! It gets me from A to B very comfortably - far more comfy on a long drive than my Fiesta ever was!
All in all I am very happy with it... even my other half is impressed, apart from it beign a bit small for his liking when he drives it. And all of my friends who have been in it love it... they think it's cute and funky, and can;t believe how quick it goes and how nippy it is for just a 1 ltr engine!
Had my Aygo for 9 months and enjoying every minute. It's my first car, so my main priorities were something stylish, cheap to run, cheap to insure, fun to drive, and good safety. On all levels, the Aygo doesn't disappoint. It looks good (the design has worn better than its Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 siblings in my opinion) both inside and out, and build quality is very good; whilst the materials aren't plush, they're durable and nicely textured. It's also proving to be cheap to run - my fuel economy is improving the more I drive it. I get around 420-470 miles per tank (on 36 litres of fuel), and around 53-58 MPG, pretty good for a petrol-engined car. Plus, road tax is just £20 per year - excellent. It's fun to drive, with direct steering and a chirpy little engine note, and it'll squeeze through the smallest gap and into the tightest parking space. It's perky around town, but starts to feel slightly forced out on the motorway when trying to overtake. But once you're settled at 70, it's remarkably quiet. Safety-wise, there are four airbags, ABS and Cornering Stability Assistance - all for peace of mind. It's also deceptively spacious - people often and open the drivers door thinking it's a three-door! And once they're inside, even the tallest of my friends comment on how much space there is. The boot is tiny, but it's big enough for most things. Split seats help, though. Overall, a cracking little car - great value, and it hardly depreciates. I'll be keeping it for a while, I think!
If you are reading this review, it is likely that you have an interest in purchasing a toyota aygo, and you're having a look to see if it's the right car for you. Well before you go any further, you must first ask yourself what the main purpose of your car will be. If you're looking for something to take you up and down the country on a regular basis, a car that will impress from it's fabulous look, or a strong vehicle built to overcome all terrain, then there are much better options out there. That's not to say this little toyota (affectionately reffered to as toy-motor!) hasn't got a lot to offer.
Personally, I love this little car, although I will admit I don't actually own one myself! I did however, spend 12 motnhs of my life learning to drive in the aygo, and had a great time doing so. Might I also mention that top gear have an interesting video that can be found on youtube regarding this car.
So we'll start with the specifications on the car, taking a look at how it should perform on paper. First off, if you're thinking of buying, there are two options: 5 door and 3 door. I have only used the 3 door model and all the figures quoted relate to the 3 door model. The official maximum speed is 97.5 mph, with a gross vehicle weight of just 1180kg. Size specifications are 341.5cm x 161.5cm x 14.65cm (length x width x height). So we can see this is a compact car, but having said that the car easily allows enough space for 5 people to sit comfortably. For those of you interested in the engine specifications (can't say the figures mean much to me!), toyota quote the following:
Bore: 71 mm
Stroke: 84 mm
Displacement: 998 cc
Max output: 50 kw
Engine speed for max output: 6000 rpm
Max torque: 93 Nm
Engine speed for max torque: 3600 rpm
Of course, the way a car looks on paper is nothing if you aren't comfortable when driving it. So here's what I actually think of the cars performance.
I found the aygo to be a very light car; allolwing for quick acceleration and hitting 70 in no time at all, but it wasn't so light that I felt like I was driving a tin can. The gear stick is well produced, not too small and you can tell the car is definitely in gear (I have seen other cars where the gear stick doesn't always click into place easily). The aygo gave a surprisingly smooth drive, felt sterdy in strong winds, and was generally a pleasure to drive. The overall look of the car wasn't too harsh on the eye. Sleek and slim, it's not a bad look for a budget! The body work isn't fantastic, although it looks ok, the materials are cheap and lightweight.
Now I'm not the greatest of toyota fans in general, having had the displeasure of driving an older yaris that felt uncomfortable and hollow, with pedals small for even my size 5 feet!! This aygo, however, goes against those views of the toyota brand, making me feel comfortable and confident. I only wish I had one of my own!!
I've had my Aygo Blue for 13 months now. I'd originally decided on this car because I live in London and really just wanted a little run around. However, I have driven to Scotland and back and in that week clocked up over 1800 miles and now use it regularly for trips all over the UK without worrying about it being able to handle the long motorway journeys. It did 70mph with ease and it's rather comfortable and though compact, is still really spacey inside. My trip to Scotland comprised of 3 adults and one teenager and a weeks worth of luggage, I didn't even need to put air in the tyres or top up any fluids, infact, I still havn't had to do any of those things. of course, all cars have cons. The aygo is only 1.0 and mine is MMT meaning it's pretty jerky when starting off and can struggle uphill. It also rolls back on hills, alot. For a small car it is quite noisy and as one other reviewer states, there is a glare from the 'pitted' dash. The air con can take a while as can de-misting. Those aside, the pros totally outweigh the cons. It is ridiculously cheap to run. I put in £60, drove from London to Scotland in 12 hours and still had 3 bars on the gage. The insurance is very low and the tax is only £36 per year. I would totally recommend this car and not just for those wanting a nippy city car.
I've had my Aygo for about seven months now and generally I am very happy with it. The small 1.0 litre engine doesn't give awful performance since it's a very light car, while obviously it isn't going to be able to compete with sportier vehicles, it is really pretty nippy. It is rather loud, however, for such a little car and it often sounds like I am driving a diesel.
I haven't had any issues with quality of build yet and haven't had to replace any parts, though I have only actually driven 3000 miles. It is ideal for town and city driving, but also is comfortable enough on the motorway and holds its own. Having swapped a Rover 25 for this, the driving experience in the Aygo is much better - it seems to hold the road well enough and is fairly sturdy for a little car. Can get 600 miles out of a tank and with cheap (£35 a year) tax and group 1 insurance the running costs are minimal.
I have the three door hatchback and there is a slight annoyance with the front seats - when you tip them forwards for people to get in the back seats, they don't return to their previous position so I am always having to alter the seats. However, the car is roomy for a little car, I have often carried four people with no problem and on one occasion I have travelled to a local event with the following in the car: Driver, passenger, gazebo, canvas gazebo panels, trestle table, two chairs, seven panel display boards, tablecloth, box of leaflets, seven hamsters in their cages. There was room to spare!
Not keen on the dashboard as it has a "pitted" pattern which reflects in the windscreen in sunny weather.
Overall though I am happy with the car and intend to keep it for several years.
I bought this car approximately one year ago and it is the first car I have ever owned having only passed my test a couple of times before. I wanted a small car as I live in a busy city and wanted something I could whizz around in. However, I also travel about 20 miles each day to work on the motorway and this car performs well in both settings. On the motorway it can be a little bumpy so I wouldn't recommend it if you are doing long journeys a lot. However, I also drive it to visit the parents about 400 miles away and the comfort is not too bad.
Importantly, it is exceptionally cheap to run with tax only costing around £35 for the year and the fuel economy is amazing. It is also very easy to drive. I have the special edition black one which came with air con and parking assistance (thank goodness!). I think this car is a fabulous looking city car that you can't really go wrong with. I also got free breakdown assistance when purchasing it. The boot is quite small as some of the other reviewers have commented but it still manages to fit my suitcase in and for larger items you can always push the back seats down.
I am an avid fan of little cars that are cheap to run! I managed to get a Platinum version at a discounted rate from Arnold Clark. This model has air conditioning, a first for me and at an affordable price. I love the fact it is little as it makes parking easy. It takes no more than £30 to fill the tank to its fullest, it costs £36 a year on road tax and is a smashing little car. I can get about 200 miles for a tenner worth of petrol! I bought the car on HP giving a £2,000 deposit via my old micra and I pay a mere £102 a month for it. I always thought that after having a Ford Focus, I would never return to a small car but it does for getting me to work and back and for being out and about. I would say the only drawback is its a 3 door version and when you pull the seat forward to let someone into the back, it totally adjusts the whole front seats but its a small price to pay!