When it comes to reliable and fuel-efficient cars, Toyota has long been a manufacturer to watch. Two popular models, the Toyota Aygo and Toyota Yaris, belong to different market segments, but they share the same commitment to quality and innovation.
In this blog, we'll focus on comparing the Toyota Aygo and Toyota Yaris to see which used car is best for you.
- Introduction and Design
- Versions and Performance
- Interior and Technology
- Value and Final Thoughts
Introduction and Design
Production started for the Aygo in 2005 whilst the Yaris has been around a little longer, originally launching in 1999. We'll be comparing the second generation Aygo with the fourth generation Yaris.
A performance-oriented version of the Yaris was also introduced in 2020, the 3-door GR Yaris (as shown above). This opened up the model to a wider audience of drivers, allowing those who wanted a higher-performing, sportier car to have the Yaris as an option.
Both models showcase the brand's commitment to modern and appealing designs. The Aygo, Toyota's smaller city car, boasts a compact and stylish exterior with a distinctive X-shaped front grille, and bold colour options for those that like to stand out from the crowd.
On the other hand, the Yaris features a more conventional design, with a sleeker and larger body, suitable for a wider range of driving situations and needs.
Versions and Performance
In previous versions there were more options, but with the current generation of the Toyota Aygo (pictured), you get a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine, producing 70bhp, making it sufficient for a 0 to 62mph time of 13.8 seconds.
Whilst engine choices may not be in abundance with the Aygo, the trims sure are. With six different specifications to choose from, drivers are bound to find something that suits their driving needs.
The trims available are the X, X-play, X-press, X-style, X-clusiv, and X-claim limited edition.
On the other hand, with the Toyota Yaris, you get a choice of various petrol engines as well as a petrol/electric hybrid powertrain too. The smallest 1.0-litre petrol engine will be the cheapest to insure, but the 1.5-litre petrol will generally have more power; up to 128bhp depending on the spec.
The Yaris comes in four different trim levels; Icon, Design, Dynamic, and the range-topping Excel. Features and equipment provided each increases as you move up the levels, but even as standard, the Yaris is fairly well-equipped.
Interior and Technology
Regarding interior and technology, the latest generations of the Aygo (above) and Yaris both offer a comfortable and well-equipped cabin, but the Yaris takes the lead in terms of overall refinement and feature availability.
The Aygo's dashboard features a prominent oval design, housing the infotainment system and various controls. The materials used throughout the cabin are durable and well-fitting, making the overall design functional and easy to use.
Compare with the Yaris, and you'll find a more mature and sophisticated approach with a clean and uncluttered dashboard, showcasing a minimalist design to emphasise the car's spaciousness.
When it comes to technology, the Yaris does have a slight advantage over the Aygo with a suite of extra advanced features, but this does depend on what trim level you go. For instance, the entry-level Yaris model won't have as many features to enjoy as the range-topping Aygo trim.
A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes as standard in the Yaris, as well as a selection of safety features such as lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking. The Aygo on the other hand, offers a slightly more basic infotainment system, but still with a 7-inch touchscreen and range of safety features.
With practicality, both cars are designed to be compact and manoeuvrable, making them ideal for city driving. As shown in the picture, the Aygo is a bit smaller, making it a great option for first time drivers or those wanting a little city car to zip around in tighter spaces. The Yaris is then more suited to those that need that added bit of interior space and more storage options.
Boot space comes in at 168 litres for the Aygo and 286 litres for the Yaris. These figures can be increased by folding down the rear seats, giving the Aygo a more generous 754 litres, and 947 litres for the Yaris.
This goes to show that the Aygo wouldn't be the best model if you're regularly travelling with lots of luggage as it may be a bit of a squeeze, but each model is a great fit for different driver needs.
Both models do also have a variety of small storage spaces around the cabin such as cupholders, a storage bin under the arm rest, as well as a storage compartment under the front seats in the Yaris too.
Value and Final Thoughts
From comparing these two great Toyota models, it's clear that the Yaris (shown above) offers a more refined experience as well as having a more spacious interior, making it a compelling choice for a modern and comfortable vehicle.
The Aygo on the other hand, appeals to those who prioritise affordability and a fun driving experience. Its compact size and agile handling make it easier to manoeuvre through city streets, making it a great first car.
Choosing between the Aygo and the Yaris ultimately depends on your individual needs and preferences when driving. If you're looking for a well-rounded small hatchback with a focus on comfort, technology, and practicality, the Yaris is the clear winner. But if you want a smaller, more compact car that's easier to manoeuvre and has a fun and stylish design, the Aygo is the one for you.
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