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How Does the Toyota Aygo Compare to its Closest Rivals?

The Toyota Aygo is a great small sized car with its lightweight body and compact design perfect for city driving. Although small in size, the Aygo can still sit four adults comfortably. The Aygo has a stylish design and is available in a variety of colour options. The fact that the Aygo has low running costs has made it an extremely popular vehicle for people wanting a small compact city car. The Aygo has a raft of competitors, including the Kia Picanto, and Volkswagen UP.

Toyota Aygo

The Aygo range starts with the entry-level X-play trim which features 15-inch steel wheels, power-adjustable heated mirrors, body-coloured exterior trim, air-con and on-board tech such as smartphone integration, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. As an entry level option, you can probably imagine that it’s basic, but if all you care about is getting from A to B then this could potentially be the perfect option for you.

Next is the X-trend model, which comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, coloured side panels and matching exterior highlights, automatic headlights, front fog lights and privacy glass. An X-trend Bi-tone version is also offered, adding a black roof and extra coloured trim for around an extra £500.

The top model is named the X-clusiv, this specification includes a range of two-tone exterior paint options, smart entry, push-button start and automatic air conditioning. This option also has part leather seats to give the car a slightly more luxurious feel. 

Toyota isn’t shy of producing Aygo special editions either. In 2017 they released the limited edition X-claim, which featured an electrically retractable roof and special details, while in 2019 it launched the X-cite Mandarin, sporting bright orange paintwork with a contrasting black roof and orange interior trim highlights.

All Toyotas come with a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty, with no mileage limit for the first year. That’s significantly better cover than you get with the Volkswagen Up. All Aygo’s get a safety pack with automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-departure warning, and it received a reasonable four-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. That’s better than the Volkswagen Up’s three stars (due to its lack of AEB even as an option). However, digging deeper into the Aygo’s crash safety scores, the Up, i10 and Picanto all score higher.

Toyota Aygo vs Volkswagen UP

This is the company’s cheapest and smallest model. An alternative to city cars like the i10, Picanto, C1 and obviously, the Aygo. The interior of the UP has a simple and minimalistic look, better looking than the Picanto anyway and there is a wide variety of different stylistic options to pick from. If you want black alloys, two tone paint and a different coloured dashboard, then the UP has you covered. 

DAB radio is standard across all ranges of the model and all models have a nice 5.0 inch coloured screen, allowing the inside to feel modern and up to date. The boot is also roomy for a car of this size.

Toyota Aygo vs Hyundai i10

This is a stylish car with a good amount of interior space for a car of this size. It’s easy to get around town, just like all of the other similar cars of this size. It even picked up the Best Small Car award in the 2021 CarWow Car of the Year awards!

Inside you get some nice textured trims, the infotainment system is easy to use and looks pleasant and it even comes with a built in sat nav. This car is great for short trips, however, longer trips may be more uncomfortable. The entry level’s 67 horsepower may be a bit too slow, you’d be much happier going for the 1.2 litre model, giving you all the power you need for your city driving.

Toyota Aygo vs Kia Picanto

Like the previous two cars, the Kia Picanto is also cheap to run and small, with great economy. It’s simple, and you notice that when you step inside, the dash is nicely laid out so there will be no complications when operating. 

There is an option on some models to get an 8-inch infotainment screen, the menu is simple to navigate and you even get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The downside of the interior is anyone over six feet will potentially struggle to feel comfortable, even though all models come with five doors. 

Driving this car is simple, parking couldn’t be easier because all corners of this car are easy to judge, making it perfect for tight spaces!

Toyota Aygo vs Citroen C1

The Citroen C1 gets some funky styling to match the Aygo! You can pick from a range of different colours to help you stand out. You can even get different coloured roofs and even a retractable canvas roof.

For the interior, you can again pick a range of colour options to make the inside of the Citroen C1 to your own liking, there’s also special edition models, just like the Toyota Aygo! There’s a large central touchscreen and there is plenty of space in the front to keep you comfortable, the back is small, on level with the Picanto and the boot is small also.

For a town car and for short trips, the Citroen C1 is great. However, if you plan to use the motorway often, then the UP, i10, or Aygo are better off for you.


Overall, the Toyota Aygo has a good amount of competitors, all are of a similar size and price. On the face, the Aygo seems like the best option due to the customisation and the different models available mean there is a model suited for most people. It more comes down to personal preference and what you think will suit you best. For someone who wants to show off their personality then the Aygo is the best option, with multiple colours and limited edition models being released to help you stand out. Why not check out the new Aygo X, it might just be the one for you!