First drive: new Toyota Aygo — BBC Top Gear

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That cool, what is it?

Believe it or it’s the brand new Toyota The first in the triplet of city produced by Peugeot (108), (C1) and the Japanese carmaker, and possibly the first ever car to be based on a Japanese cartoon.


Yes. David chief engineer of the new city car and a man with Aygo since admitted to Top Gear that up as a kid, he loved watching the cartoon. As a child, he was a hero of he says. He basically wanted a car of Astroboy; something simple easy to recognise. A CAR VERSION OF This is, quite simply, The world needs more cars.

Tell me about the new Astroboy sorry, Aygo —

Well, as you can see, it’s new on top, that funky new face designed to manifest the ‘J-playful’ philosophy (where stands for Japan); a new design where Toyota wants the to a) scream Japan so that it out amongst an increasingly competitive in Europe, and b) is a bit more radical its more recent conservatism. It a double bubble roof, for sake. While this headroom, it also makes the look most excellent.

it’s 25mm longer, 5mm there’s a 4.8m turning and an increased number of welding around the body to increase Toyota — responsible for the and dynamics of all three cars has carried over the front from the old model, but here the springs and dampers and increased the of the stabiliser. The rear gets a beam setup that’s lighter than before, and features retuned springs and

The electric power steering is now 14 per quicker than before, a five-speed manual gearbox and an automated five-speed manual slightly shorter ratios paddles on the wheel).


Yep, the engine is the same three-pot as before, tuned to be a more characterful, and features exhaust gas recirculation, a low friction chain (to reduce friction) 70lb ft of torque (a fraction than before) and emissions of of CO2 for the manual, and 97g/km with the Nearly 69mpg is possible. also the only engine get.

What about all that stuff?

You can change interior pieces (air vents, lever surround, centre etc) the colour of the ‘X’ on the bumper and the rear bumper. And it’s not really a customisable the 7in touchscreen — able to with Android or Apple — is great and is quick to

So. what’s it like to drive?

The thing you’ll notice out of an old Aygo into this one is the comfort and the sheer calmness of the at speed. A constant bugbear of the generation, the new car is a lot quieter on the road at — travelling at 70mph much lower NVH levels, means in-car conversations be conducted with megaphones and aids anymore. It’s more comfortable than too.

And, should things hairy, it’s just as fun to around. The steering is quick to in — though lacks the and constant feedback we’d in this kind of car — but the chassis moves around predictably, the skinny front washing wide when you reach the limit. You end up sawing at the wheel during fast, bends, tyres squealing to heaven, but it’s a lot of fun. said, there’s quite a bit of roll, so again, it could do a flatter stance.

The manual box feels solid but the are a bit long; weirdly, the automated feels sportier, though of upshifts are ponderous and slow are superb and quick though, and a little blip, too). And need to wring out each because it’s not the fastest car in the world, 0-62mph taking seconds. It’s still a little engine though, so you mind ragging it.

So, should I buy

It all depends on price. And, um, the new Twingo. The Aygo is dynamically the as the 108 and C1, but we haven’t yet tested the too-cute-for-words, Renault yet, and suspect it be good. Aygo prices also yet to be confirmed for us in the UK, but you could be at around £9k when it in June 2014. We’d it on looks and character, and a decent, drive. Over to you,

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