The Toyota Aygo II comes to take over the mantle of the official chariot of restaurants and food places which are serving drunk and very drunk people on Friday nights. But did it manage to deliver pizza and fulfill it’s one true purpose?
The Toyota Aygo II came with a huge mission to carry forward – to take pizza and kebabs where no food delivery company has gone before. Yes, ladies, ladies, gentlemen, and everything in between, Toyota Aygo II was destined to deliver kebabs in Birmingham.
THE REAR WINDOW IS MADE OUT OF GLASS!!!
And was it a bigger succes than Kungs vs Cooking on 3 Burners (The shot on iPhone meme)? Not really. It still remains a relatively popular car for entry level sales agents and delivery people alike, but the magic of the first Aygo is gone. That’s because we live in more interesting times than watching Philomena Cunk.
- We have the kebab/food places which have just started out so they can’t afford new nor old cars, not even very old cars. Shop owners who still deliver food in a VW Lupo or a Clio or, worse, a Micra. And the owners usually do the delivery driving themselves.
- Then we have the mid-level ones who are still happy with the old Aygo and still keep them. Then the VW Up! was launched and it swept the market and then it got one upped when the Aygo II came along. These owners just buy whatever got launched, they buy them new and keep them as long as the leasing/warranty lasts and then upgrade to the newer model.
- Finally, we have the food places that are always buying the latest fashion, the latest concept, the latest book of Yeezus, places which could afford a Toyota Aygo II, but went for the future – electric. Smart electric, the new E-Up!, the Nissan Leaf and so on.
And then came another challenge for the Aygo, which now looks like it was brought to life straight from Hirohiko Araki’s creations, and the name of the bane was simple – food delivery apps. You know, Takeaway, Clever, Glovo, Bolt, Uber Eats, Usain Bolt, Glo, and whatever your local food delivery app is called. So, what’s the point of spending a few thousand euros for a delivery car + driver’s wages + car maintenance, when you can just outsource the job to the 18 year old boy who picks up the order and delivers it around the village, with his own car or bicycle? Basically, this concept slowly kills the need for specialized delivery cars.
So who was left to buy the Aygo II?
Personally I think that it will stick around and steal some of the customer base of the Yaris. Learners, ladies, and older ladies. The first Aygo had less in common with fashion than incense has with heroin, but this aggressive Aygo looks like a smaller Yaris. You get roughly the same dynamics, a better price, and possibly better looks but you get less power and less boot, things that are as important for a city car as the technical requirements for an exam on a city council job. It might interest you, but it’s unlikely.
Toyota Aygo II Engines
1.0 1KR-FE of 69 (nice) and 72 horsepower – The same old oil pump-eating Japanese 1.0 that supposedly hasn’t been eating oil pumps much since 2013. It doesn’t eat fuel either, but instead, the moment you step on the gas pedal nothing happens. Don’t be surprised if you get overtaken by an old man with an walking frame.
Toyota Aygo II Common Issues
- First of all, the Aygo II is known to eat clutches like Vinnie Jones drinks beer. Most likely the issue is with the 1.0 petrol (the only engine on the Aygo really), an engine also recognized on the previous generation.
- The bootlid is all glass so be careful how you close it so you don’t make bootlid all over the floor. AND NOW THE REAR WINDOWS ARE GLASS TOO!!!!!!!@)$@!*%!@$)@!(#!!!!
- The MMT semi-automatic box remains a mystery as far as reliability goes. It’s usually a very poor choice, but sometimes some gearboxes evade the hands of the mechanics and fix themselves. I would have made a joke about pizza delivery, but I don’t know of any fast food place that bought an Aygo automatic.
- Satnav is a general issue with Toyotas these days, and the Aygo doesn’t escape it. Anyway, it might be an subject of interest for all the two people who wanted to spend extra money on satnav.
- The headlights are more useless than a resident doctor who graduated online school during the pandemic and now doesn’t know how to do anything and the senior doctors won’t let him do anything either. Kept as far away from the patients as possible, just like the Toyota Aygo II needs to stay as far away from the dark as possible.
- “Old habits die hard” is the motto of the Toyota steering column, so occasionally it breaks down and refuses to turn left or right so you can really go only forward. The Toyota Aygo II doesn’t get rid of this issue, because it’s the smallest in the family and will never get the cream of the technology from the Japanese. Especially since the Aygo II is still an joint project with the french.
Toyota Aygo II Verdict
A car with an identity more ambiguous than brexit laws. With the previous generation you knew that you would buy an basic, entry-level cheap car which is excellent for learner drivers, learner delivery drivers, and drivers who couldn’t care less about cars or driving. But the Toyota Aygo II is a car that aims to be more premium of sorts, for a clientele thinner than the bikinis girls wear at the spa. Because Toyota suffers from some galactic pricing in both the new car and used car sections. The Toyota Aygo II was intended to be an affordable car for leaners or people looking to buy their first new car. Unfortunately, the Aygo is more expensive than all the competition, whether we’re talking new or slightly used cars. In fact, the Aygo punches even the next class of car in the price range. If an Aygo costs more than a Fabia and comparably with an Clio when it should have been compared to the Twingo, you can see why this car hasn’t and won’t catch on with the public.
Which engine do you recommend? Definatelly the 69 horsepower 1KR-FE 1.0 petrol. Nice.