Toy­ota Aygo X-play Black

Toy­ota’s spunky city hatch re­ceives a makeover aimed at en­larg­ing its mar­ket share

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WHILE the facelift of Toy­ota’s lit­tle hatch in­volves more than a mere vis­ual upgrade, the styling changes are fairly sub­stan­tial and in­clude larger pro­jec­tion head­lamps (with LED day­time-run­ning lights), a stronger X-mo­tif up front, a more prom­i­nent front air dam and a new rear-bumper ar­range­ment.

Un­der the skin, im­por­tant ad­di­tions in­clude hill-as­sist con­trol (al­low­ing driv­ers to safely pull away on an in­cline) and, more cru­cially, ve­hi­cle-sta­bil­ity con­trol. As be­fore, ABS with brake as­sist comes stan­dard, along with four airbags on this model (and six for the flag­ship X-cite).

Mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the en­gine have re­sulted in an in­crease of 2 kw for a new peak of 53 kw, while torque has fallen two units to a max­i­mum of 93 N.m. The re­sult is a small im­prove­ment in the claimed 0-100 km/h time, with the sug­gested fu­el­con­sump­tion fig­ure also dip­ping slightly to 4,3 L/100 km.

As be­fore, the touch screen­based in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem of­fers USB and aux-in ports, as well as Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. Our launch unit fea­tured a twotone body colour (red and black) and is called the X-play Black. The top-of-the-range model is badged as the X-cite and fea­tures a re­tractable soft-top roof.

There’s no deny­ing you’re climb­ing be­hind the wheel of a city car when you lower your­self into the Aygo. Still, the sin­gle-piece cloth seats are quite com­fort­able, while head­room is sur­pris­ingly am­ple de­spite my 1,87-me­tre frame.

Turn the key and the small 1,0-litre, three-cylin­der unit quickly set­tles into a rel­a­tively quiet idle. You need to re­mem­ber a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine’s per­for­mance drops by roughly 17% on the Reef. Even so, in town the en­gine’s per­for­mance is suf­fi­cient, even with two rel­a­tively heavy peo­ple on board. And, since the Aygo oc­cu­pies such a small patch of tar­mac, it’s per­fect for ma­noeu­vring through gaps in traf­fic or thread­ing through claus­tro­pho­bic multi-storey car parks.

On the high­way, though, it’s a some­what dif­fer­ent story. The gear­ing is fairly tall so, at three­fig­ure speeds, the driver of­ten needs to shift to third to keep up with traf­fic. The ride re­mains com­fort­able, how­ever, but adults will feel cramped in the rear seats (although these crit­i­cisms ap­ply to nearly all city cars).

Its fresh face and the hand­ful of un­der-the-skin up­dates cer­tainly ren­der the Aygo more ap­peal­ing than be­fore. That said, the up­dated Aygo has its work cut out lur­ing po­ten­tial buy­ers from a num­ber of strong al­ter­na­tives at the price, chief among them the im­pres­sive new Suzuki Swift tested last month.

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