Product Type: Toyota cars
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Nippy Stylish Small Car ; My Baby
Member Name: OWiseYoungOwl
Date: 20/07/12, updated on 21/07/12 (384 review reads)
Advantages: Nippy, Good first car, cheap insurance, £20 year road tax, stylish, cheap on fuel, look good
Disadvantages: No air conditioning, not five seater, gets hot very quickly
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!
Summary: I would definitely recommend an Aygo to a friend or anyone for that matter.