All-new Toyo­ta Ay­go brings youth ‘X’ fac­tor

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

The A-seg­ment of South A­fri­ca’s car mar­ket, in which the Toyo­ta Ay­go li­ves, is highly con­te­sted. Con­ten­ders ha­ve to li­ve up to ex­pec­ta­ti­ons and keep im­pro­ving or lo­se their mar­ket ap­pe­al. W­hen Toyo­ta in­tro­du­ced the se­cond ge­ne­ra­ti­on of the Ay­go in 2015, it in­di­ca­ted a mo­ve to a mo­re an­gu­lar, ag­gres­si­ve de­sign to im­pro­ve the car’s ap­pe­al to the youn­ger buy­ers the car is ai­med at.

REFRESHED

T­his y­e­ar, the Ja­pa­ne­se ma­nu­fac­tu­rer has refreshed the Ay­go, in­clu­ding the top-of-the­ran­ge X-Ci­te mo­del. The chan­ges are sub­t­le, but the Ay­go now fe­a­tu­res new bum­pers to bring it in li­ne with Toyo­ta’s la­test fa­mi­ly fa­ce, al­ong with mo­re e­quip­ment. It still bo­as­ts the “X” motif front gril­le, in­cor­po­ra­ting new lar­ger pro­jec­tor he­ad­lamps and LED day­ti­me run­ning lig­hts. The­re are al­so re­ar LED lig­hts, a lar­ge blac­ked-out tail­ga­te and a lo­wer bum­per a­rea with the “X” the­me re­pe­a­ted.

The in­te­ri­or has been twe­a­ked a bit with com­for­ta­ble se­ats fi­nis­hed in mul­ti-to­ne trim, front e­lec­tric win­dows, re­mo­te cen­tral locking, po­wer ad­jus­ta­ble mir­rors, air con­di­ti­o­ning plus a mul­ti-functi­o­nal le­at­her s­teer­ing w­heel and ge­ar knob.

The tou­chscreen ra­dio with USB and Auxi­li­a­ry is e­a­sy to use, from con­necting a smartp­ho­ne to se­lecting a fa­vou­ri­te ra­dio sta­ti­on.

FUNROOF

Ex­clu­si­ve to the X-Ci­te mo­del, the­re is a po­wer-re­trac­ta­ble black can­vas “Funroof” for the oc­ca­si­ons the dri­ver needs to feel f­ree­dom and wind in the hair. The Ay­go X-Ci­te is a­vai­la­ble with fi­ve doors and can ac­com­mo­da­te 168 lit­res of lug­ga­ge with the re­ar se­ats up - e­nough to fit a pair of re­a­so­na­bly si­zed suit­ca­ses. Un­der the bon­net lurks a nip­py 998cc na­tu­ral­ly as­pi­ra­ted three-cy­lin­der pe­trol en­gi­ne with an out­put po­wer of 53kW and 93Nm of tor­que. The en­gi­ne is ma­t­ched to a smooth fi­ve s­peed ma­nu­al ge­ar­box dri­ving the front w­heels.

The car feels at ho­me in and a­round to­wn, but a long trip on the highway mig­ht be tes­ting for the dri­ver. The com­pact di­men­si­ons ma­ke the car just per­fect for d­ar­ting through bu­sy traf­fic and par­king in tig­ht spa­ces. It of­fers a fai­r­ly high se­a­ting po­si­ti­on and all-round vi­si­bi­li­ty is good, which ma­kes dri­ving in traf­fic sa­fer, al­so thanks to the heig­ht-ad­jus­ta­ble dri­ver’s se­at. The in­te­ri­or is qui­et and the ri­de qua­li­ty is fai­r­ly smooth - e­ven o­ver poor­ly main­tai­ned ro­ads.

DE­TAILS

The ma­nu­fac­tu­rer’s pu­blis­hed fu­el con­sump­ti­on fi­gu­res are 4,3 lit­res per 100km. P­ri­cing for the Ay­go X-Ci­te is R193 100, bac­ked by a stan­dard three y­e­ar or 100 000km war­ran­ty. Alt­hough the com­pe­ti­ti­on he­re is stiff, the Ay­go is li­ke­ly to find fa­vour with t­ho­se see­king a fun ru­na­round car that al­so mi­ni­mi­ses their trips to the fu­el sta­ti­on. A ran­ge of dif­fe­rent ser­vi­ce plan op­ti­ons are a­vai­la­ble from the Toyo­ta de­a­lers­hips.

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