Toyota unveiled the latest iteration of its city car, the Aygo hatchback at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. The car which shares its platform with the Citroen C1 and the Peugeot 108 made its debut along with its siblings at the show. The older Toyota Aygo had a very bland styling; however the latest model has been induced with the X factor and no not hypothetically, but with the ‘X’ motif standing out in front. The front facia of the Toyota Aygo is the most intimidating and has an aggressive appearance with the X design running across from the bumper up till the A-pillar. The design also seems to be inspired by the Furia concept.
The swept back headlights look very sporty and integrate well with the gloss black finish in the centre surrounding the Toyota logo. The rear is more flam boyish with the redesigned tail light cluster and a sporty bumper. The rear also gets an integrated roof spoiler. The Aygo has increased in length by 25 mm compared to its predecessor. The headroom too has seen an increase of 7 mm but Toyota has managed to reduce the overall height by 5 mm.
The boot now offers 29 litres of extra storage capacity. Toyota has improved the Aygo with practical touches all over the car. The interior features an all-new centre console with the x-infotainment system that is operated using the 7-inch touchscreen display. The overall styling has been kept funky with the use of bright orange coupled with black glossy finish throughout the cabin.
Powering the Toyota Aygo is the same 1.0-litre petrol unit producing 68 BHP of power and 95 Nm of torque which is mated to a 5-speed transmission. The car maxes out at 160 km/hr, while 0-100 km/hr comes up in 14.2 seconds. You also get the x-shift automated manual transmission (AMT) as an option on the Aygo that comes with paddle shifters. Toyota claims the fuel efficiency is 23.8 km/l in the European driving cycle.
You also get safety systems like ABS, EBD, VSC, curtain airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system, Isofix seat attachment as well as hill-start control emergency brake signalling as standard on the Toyota Aygo. We love the overall proportions of the car. It’s short, stubby and is a very practical city car with oodles of style. It’s a pity we won’t be getting the Aygo in the country due to the high manufacturing costs, that will not justify the pricing of the car. But don’t you think the 2014 Aygo is what India needs from Toyota?