Toyota Aygo Plus 1.0 VVT-i 3dr Car Review - March 2012

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List Price: £9,135
Tax Band: A
Insurance Group: 2
MPG: 65.7
CO2: 99
0-62 Mph: 14.2 secs
BHP: 67 BHP
Range: 506 miles
CarSite Verdict:  3.5/5
If you are looking for a small car that is cheap to run, perfect for city driving and has enough room for four adults then the Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i Plus 3dr could be for you. This small hatchback comes with reasonable levels of equipment for the price and a cabin that feels pretty well put together.

PROS:  About as cheap as it gets. It has reasonable head and legroom for four adults and its dimensions mean it is ideal for driving around town. It’s funky looks are hard not to like.

CONS:  The 1.0 litre engine is nippy around town but can become wearisome on longer journeys or fast roads. The ride is a little on the stiff side too. The boot is not very spacious and the opening is quite small.

Behind the Wheel Looks & Equipment Practicality, Safety & Reliability Value for Money
Behind the Wheel

The 1.0 litre three cylinder engine develops 67bhp at 6000rpm and 68 lb-ft of torque at 3600rpm which is more than adequate for a small car like this. 0-62 mph takes 14.2 seconds and you'll be flat out at 98mph. The engine is fine around town but noisy at higher revs; this isn't a car to be taken on long journeys.

There is very little grip but that's fine because the Aygo has very little power. It's fun to drive thanks to light, precise steering but the ride is a little jiggly.

Looks & Equipment

The Aygo is a funky looking car and although it doesn't offer the visual panache of, say, the Fiat 500, it is a personable little car.

The interior plastics feel a little low-rent but this is to be expected at this price. More importantly, the dash feels well screwed together and the Aygo has a feeling of solidity.

The spec is very basic - standard kit includes central locking, electric front windows and a CD player with MP3 connectivity. Air-con will cost you an extra £511.

Practicality, Safety & Reliability

The cabin can seat four people in relative comfort but the boot is quite small at 139 litres, expanding to 751-litres with the rear seats down. Access to the boot is also a little awkward.

The Aygo comes with driver, passenger and side airbags, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and ISOFIX child-seat mountings. Stability control is a £357 option.

Toyota build very reliable cars indeed and buyers will be reassured by the inclusion of a five year/100,000 mile warranty.

Value for Money

At £9,190, the Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i Plus 3dr is very affordable. You should get 61.4mpg on the combined cycle which is excellent and CO2 emissions of 105g/km mean you'll pay a piffling £20 a year on road tax. Budget motoring really doesn't come much more budget than this. However, it would have been nice if Toyota had included a bit more standard kit.

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