Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Road test:


into a more powerful 3D element  with a new front design sporting swept back headlamps and black, gloss black or silver trim beneath the lights.

The result is a real city slicker that has an entry grade price of £9,695 and removes any petrol versus diesel dilemmas because there’s only one engine on offer.

That’s a peppy little three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol unit boasting average fuel consumptio­n of 68.9mpg and performanc­e that feels swifter than the official 0-62mph figure of 13.8 seconds. CO2 emissions are also low at 93g/km.

Economy apart the Aygo has some compelling design touches, each grade recognisab­le by different front bumper finishes, dedicated alloy wheels, contrastin­g interiors and bright colours - our tested model’s Cyan Splash paint job, a £515 option, a case in point.

Cars are up for grabs in six trim grades, all with five doors apart from entry level x which also comes as a three-door model.

There’s handy kit like Toyota’s x-touch multimedia system with seven-inch colour touch screen while higher grades also bring in stuff like a rear-view camera and Smart Entry with push button start.

And the Aygo x-press really looks the business with its full roof decal and coloured accents for the front and rear lips and side sills, plus striking 15-inch black alloys.

The spec also includes front fog lights, automatic air con, auto headlights and rear privacy glass, though adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integratio­n brings a £200 surcharge.

As for space, well this is a genuine four-seater with adequate room for adults in the back thanks to a sensible degree of headroom and cutaway backs to the front seats.

Just don’t expect to shift much gear apart from shopping and a couple of school bags because the boot is tiny, if deep.

Buzzing through suburbs and town centres is actually a joy though and the revised 998cc three cylinder engine plays a big part in that, offering more torque at lower engine speeds.

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