The Aygo is a shared project ınvolving Toyota, Citroen and Peugeot, with Citroen's C1 and Peugeot's 107 all being realistically the actual same automobile underneath, with various lights bumpers and interiors, and ultizing various motors. The Toyota. as you would imagine is the most pricy, but, it's the most delicately styled within the three, with the Peugeot in particular being rather goofy and cartoonish.
Within the new car, The Trunk is very small and entered through the rear window as to cut costs the panel itself opens instead of having a conventional hatchback. Spec levels are a little restricted, higher spec levels get more standard equipment but then you start encroaching on price bands of much larger cars.
The Aygo has just the one particular engine selection - a 1.0 litre petrol powerplant (the Citroen and Peugeot in addition have a diesel offering) and the car is available either as a manual or possessing a CVT auto gearbox that's best sidestepped for rapid progress - the CVT is effortless but slow witted. It handles tidily although the steering isn't geared particularly fast so isn't actually as agile feeling for such type of small-scale car. The little wheels do run out of grip rapidly so it isn't that thrilling on country roads.
The Aygo is as cheap as it gets with operating expenses - insurance is the bottom group 1 banding, fuel economy is about 60 mpg if you take it steady, and residual values aren’t bad either. Reliability should be excellent, and the 5 year warranty should allay almost all other troubles. Toyota's wonderful showing in the JD power review means that should anything at all go awry you should be taken care of well.
The Avensis is Toyota's rework of their mid size compact executive model that competes mostly in the company car fleet markets in the uk. It is made available with different 1.6 and 1.8 petrol motors which can be largely avoided except by a couple of individual people today, and a 2. litre and 2.2 litre turbo diesel, with the second item also available with an auto gearbox. the additional potency that the 2.2 gives isn't that detectable despite the extra 20-odd horsepower, so worth sticking with the 2.0 litre unless you must have the automatic.
The Toyota Avensis will normally see tons of freeway use being a repmobile, and its this particular purpose that it is suitable - it's muted, refined and relaxed with light controls and demanding hardly any effort for the individual. Whenever the route gets twisty the steering will lose feedback, and it doesn't always have the accuracy of rivals for example the Mondeo and misses out on some of the amusement factor that rivals have.
As an ownership (or rental) proposal the Avensis is powerful, prices are competitive with main rivals, fuel economy a fabulous mid fifties mpg for the most in demand 2. diesel, and the low CO2 ensures that it slots into the 18% tax bracket. Toyota's fantastic build quality means no dependability concerns, as does the similarly good 5 year / 100,000 mile manufacturer's warranty.
Inside of the Avensis, the automobile feels well built and made of premium materials, though the style is a touch bland and unadventurous, something which might also be levelled at the exterior style, but Toyota is known for its be cautious design and the Avensis isn't any different. It is a functional place to be, with more than enough room for five grown ups in both leg and headroom, and a good shape and size trunk. equipment levels are fantastic providing you avoid the entry level T2 spec, so we'd advocate upgrading to the TR specification if it's within your monetary budget.
The Yaris is Toyota UK's biggest selling car, taking over the mantle from the Corolla, despite being smaller. The Mk2 Toyota Yaris is a lot bigger than the initial model, and feels spacious inside. It is being offered with a number of 1 litre and 1.3 litre petrol engines and a 1.4 litre diesel, which gives a claimed sixty nine miles per gallon. The petrol motors are smooth revving but moderately noisy when pressed hard.
Once driving the auto, you see the handling as predictable without giving an over-abundance of feedback to the driver, grip isn't high from the small wheels, and it doesn't handle as good as some rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, but it is relaxing over most road surface types. The strong point of the Yaris is the solid recognition that Toyota has for reliability, blended with the high levels of automotive dealer service - Toyota always scores top on the JD power dealer surveys, and all reinforced by a 5 yr 100,000 mile warranty which allays any doubts you could have. This alongside a 5 star crash protection result from the Euro NCAP safety dept and strong residual values would make the Toyota the right all-round ownership proposition and an even better used buy.
Within the cabin, the Toyota has a smart-looking dashboard, with all the devices being centrally mounted and large clear dials. There is plenty of space in the front, and rear legroom is fantastic if you decide to slide the seats backwards, which does eat into boot space though. The entry level T2 spec is basic, but no worse than rivals, but we would suggest upgrading to the TR spec which gives air conditioning, alloy wheels and an adaptable height drivers seat.
All in all the Yaris is a skilled car that trails the class leaders in refinement and handling, but will be the single most solid and dependable little cars you can buy, backed by good quality dealer service, making sense as either a used or new buy.