January 14, 2020
The Toyota Aygo has been a trendy choice over the years in the budget car segment. This hatch attracts the younger, funky, first set-of-wheels type of clientele.
With the revised and facelifted Toyota Aygo X-Play, it now comes out with larger headlights that have LED daytime running lights, while still having its distinctive X-face. With the new Aygo X-Play, it is two-toned with a contrasting black roof, an upswept rear window and boomerang-shaped taillights defining the rear-end.
Let’s take a closer look at the Aygo X-Play and its youthful, funky styling and how well it does overall.
This little budget car comes with many standard features, giving you more bang for your buck. It is fitted with cool-looking 1-piece fabric bucket seats, but is lacking on the comfort side as it’s too firm and hard. The coloured trim and interior panels give the Aygo a spunky finish, which will attract the younger market. The Aygo comes with a multifunction leather steering wheel as well.
The Aygo has a tremendous little infotainment system with a touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port and AUX port. The infotainment system is straightforward to understand and use. The Aygo has several safety features which are also a plus in the budget car range. This hatch comes with four airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and stability control.
The Aygo X-Play comes with remote central locking, electric windows in the front and air-conditioning.
The Aygo X-Play is not here to blow your hair back when it comes to performance but is a great little fuel saver for someone with a tight budget. It has a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 53kW and 93Nm of torque. It comes paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and with the Aygo being quite light and small, it helps by giving it a little more pace.
To get the Aygo going, you will need to drive it with a little bit more vigour, revving the small 3-cylinder engine higher, which can become quite noisy for some. The Aygo may not be fast off the line, but once it gets going, it bodes well with highway speeds. Just keep in mind that passengers and luggage will make the Aygo sluggish as it is a light car with a small engine. The Aygo is an excellent choice for city-dwelling, getting in and out of tight spaces and for students.
The claimed fuel consumption on the Aygo is a very impressive 4.3 L/ 100km. The Toyota Aygo is a great little car for someone that needs to be more fuel-efficient for their budget.
The handling on the Aygo X-Play is its best attribute. The steering on the Aygo responds well, making it easy and fun to whip it around corners with much confidence. The car's level of road handling and grip will give young inexperienced drivers a safer drive and boost their confidence. There is a bit of body roll on the Aygo, but overall it keeps a good composure on the roads.
Compared to its rivals the Aygo’s ride quality is more compliant, it easily takes on rough road surfaces making this a huge plus for buyers.
The cost of the Aygo X-Play comes in at a reasonable retail price of R180 700 with a standard 3-year/100 000km warranty. A service plan is an optional extra with Toyota.
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