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DRIVEN: Toyota's refreshed little Aygo city slicker is packed with new features 'and is quite the looker'

2018-08-14 05:30

Janine Van der Post

Image: Wheels24 / Janine Van der Post

Toyota has given its city slicker Aygo a bit of a nip and tuck along with some additional goodies as standard features.

The second-generation made its debut in 2015 with a new X-motif and the automaker has kept in line with the original design.

So what's new?

Toyota says the 998cc three-cylinder engine has an increase of 2kW, taking the power figures to 53kW/93Nm. The automaker also claims fuel consumption has been improved to 4.3-litres/100km, along with a reduced CO2 figure to 97g/km.

Additional improvements to the Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) performance have also been tweaked for a quieter drive.

The biggest and most notable highlight are its new, larger headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) which, the automaker says, uses a guide to trace the inner border of the housing. The redesigned headlight cluster is similar to that of its C-HR sibling.

The 'X'-motif is now emphasised by strong contour lines framing the large trapezoidal air dam while the lower apron is black in colour.

The rear windows sport an upswept curve along the sloping roofline. The rear features boomerang-shaped tail lights with new light elements. A large, blacked-out tailgate and lower bumper area continues the X-theme.

Inside, there are bucket seats, multi-tone fabric trim, visible exterior-colour panels and orange-hued illumination, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear lever.

What's it like to drive?

With only 2kW extra added to the engine's output, I really couldn't tell if it makes a significant difference. It also didn't help that the driving route comprised many uphills in the Highveld area. Overall, it's a fun-to-drive city car made for tackling the urban jungle. Long distance driving is not its forte, unless you're content with a slow cruise and not that much kit. 

Its pricing is competitive from R166 800 for the standard Aygo and I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the boot for such a tiny little car. My driving partner and I could fit both our our large overnight bags, along with backpacks and a couple of loose items.

It gets the job done, it's hella-cute and it looks rather trendy too.


Upgraded C-HR

Toyota also launched its upgraded C-HR at the launch. New features to name a few include: LED foglights and headlights, smoked tail lights, smart entry with push start, satellite navigation and reverse camera (on all models), 18" wheels on the Plus and Luxury grades, auto-folding side mirrors, a new leather interior, heatable seats, Park Distance control and Intelligent Park Assist. 

Pricing for the C-HR:

C-HR 1.2T - R336 000
C-HR 1.2T Plus - R365 500
C-HR 1.2T Plus CVT - R377 000
C-HR 1.2T Luxury CVT  - R422 100

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