Toyota Aygo (2014 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 03 Sep 2015
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This sharply-styled city car is the all-new Toyota Aygo, a direct replacement for the nine-year old outgoing model of the same name. As before, the Aygo is a joint venture with two French manufacturers to produce their city cars.

3.5 out of 5

Safety

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The Toyota Aygo was given four stars by the experts at Euro NCAP, one higher than the outgoing range.

Not only is the Aygo’s shell stiffer thanks to 119 additional spot welds and thicker rear underbody bracing, it’s packed with six airbags (front, side and curtain), seatbelt pretensioners and tyre pressure monitoring systems.

The back seat is equipped with two ISOFIX child seat mounting points, while rear doors on five-door versions have child locks too.

Safety tech comes as standard

Keeping you safe while driving are ABS, emergency braking assist, hill-hold function and electronic vehicle stability control.

Helping keep your eyes on the road, X-Play models upwards have Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls for the phone and stereo, while X-Pression models and higher come with a reversing camera.

Ensuring you’re visible night or day, LED day running lights are fitted to all models, as are projector beam headlights with an LED band at their lower edge. Large, bold tail lamps are set high up in the rear bodywork to ensure you’re seen clearly despite being in a small car.

Toyota Safety Sense added in 2015

A laser-controlled system that spots imminent collisions and primes the brakes was added in 2015. Autonomous Emergency Braking was also added to reduce the car’s speed by about 19mph.

Also added was a Lane Departure Alert warning, and the suite of tech is optional on all Aygo models apart from x-grade, costing £375.

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

It’s too soon to know how well new Toyota Aygo reliability will prove to be, but given the Japanese marque was responsible for the engineering of the car, we would expect it to be a strong point. Certainly the standard five-year warranty is a strong indication of their faith in the car.

Existing Aygo owners tend to report only minor niggles rather than catastrophic failures, and with quality improvements in the new one, the majority of those should be consigned to history.

Construction feels of a good standard and most places your hands will explore in the car’s interior feel robust and up to the job.

Mechanically it’s a proven engine and neither are the transmission choices likely to prove troublesome.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported