The Toyota Aygo is a city car (A-segment) manufactured and marketed by the Japanese automobile manufacturer from 2005 to 2022. The Aygo was first displayed at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show. It was built alongside the related Citroën C1 and Peugeot 107/108 at the Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile Czech (TPCA) joint venture in Kolín, Czech Republic. The Aygo's production ended in 2021 and was replaced by the crossover-styled Aygo X. The name "Aygo" comes from "i-go", symbolizing freedom and mobility.
History of the Toyota Aygo
First Generation Toyota Aygo (AB10/AB20/AB30; 2005–2014)
It seemed that the Yaris’ days as the smallest Toyota were coming to an end in 2005. Unveiled at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota Aygo was a small city car. Toyota partnered with Peugeot and Citroen they built three different models based on the same platform, sharing and lowering costs at the same time. The main differences between the Peugeot 107, the Citroen C1, and the Toyota Aygo were the badge, the rear side windows, the steering wheel, the front, and the rear design. The Toyota Aygo was available as a 3-door or a 5-door body style, the 5-door version was identical to the 3-door, but with added tiny little doors at the rear to ensure easier access to the rear cabin. Design as a city car, the Aygo was fitted with a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine that developed 68 hp. One year later, Toyota added to the range a 1.4L unit with 54 hp. Regardless of the engine, the customers enjoyed low fuel consumption. Inside, the Aygo looked pretty funky with a minimalist instrument panel that gave the Aygo a very modern appearance. Finding the suitable driving position was easy with the steering column that was both reach and rake adjustable, while the speedometer binnacle moved along with the wheel. While small, the front occupants were offered ample headroom and legroom. The rear seat passengers seated behind taller front occupants did not have as much room, but children would’ve been just fine.
With the great success achieved over the years, Toyota decided it was time for a redesigned Aygo. Whoever thinks that a small city car should be only practical and economical should see the Aygo. While matching the characteristics of a great city car, the Aygo had a very interesting design that appealed to the users. From the front, the Aygo looked a little sporty with its fun aspect. The Aygo came with a redesigned front grille and bumper. The front was extended by 10mm. The Aygo was fitted with A 1.0L 3-cylinder engine, a gasoline powerplant that was developed to achieve great power, with great fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions. The engine featured an all-aluminum construction which made it the lightest one available on the car market at that time - it weighed only 67 kg.
Second Generation Toyota Aygo (AB40; 2014–2022)
The Japanese version of the triplets Peugeot 108 – Citroen C1 – Toyota Aygo received a different look on the outside, inspired by the Gundam style or the manga cartoon Astro Boy. The 2014 Aygo was increased compared with its predecessor by 25 mm (1") to make more room for the rear passengers. On the front side, the lower bumper and the grille formed a trapeze that was visually extended into an X that went all the way over the short hood to the A-pillars. An optional 15" set of light-alloy wheels were offered as an option to complement the black X-mark from the front of the vehicle. Inside, the Aygo was roomy enough for four passengers and a small trunk that could have been extended by folding the rear seats. In front, the two passengers stood very close to each other. The options list for the Aygo was big, including a 7" inch multimedia system with a mirror link for the smartphone. The engine was a 3-cylinder one-liter displacement unit. Its 68 hp was enough to drive the small car in and around towns. It was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or to a 5-speed automated version that also allowed a completely automatic mode, besides the sequential shift from the paddles behind the steering wheel.
The price range for a used Toyota Aygo varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $7,700 and going to $15,650 for the latest year the model was manufactured.
Specs and Performance of the Toyota Aygo
- 1.0 L 1KR-FE I3 (petrol) (2014-2018)
- 1.0 L 1KR-B52 I3 (petrol) (2018-2021)
The Toyota Aygo's 1.0L engine delivers 72 hp (53 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 69 lb-ft (93 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm. Toyota marketed the Aygo as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle, and it was available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Toyota Aygo accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (0–100 kph) in 13.8 seconds with a top speed of 99 mph (159 kph). Dimension-wise, the Toyota Aygo measures 3,455 mm (136.0 in) long, 1,615 mm (63.6 in) wide, and 1,460 mm (57.5 in) high. Its wheelbase measures 2,340 mm (92.1 in) and has a curb weight of 1,852 lbs (840 kg).
In 2005, Toyota began its journey in producing the innovative Aygo model. After 17 years of success, this well-loved car was discontinued to make room for two new updates - the Aygo X version and Agya (South Africa).