The essence of a good cheap car is a perpetual feeling of having stolen it off the forecourt every time you drive it, and that is sadly missing from the Toyota Aygo.
Space is another issue. Whereas a Fiat Panda can carry five and a decent chunk of luggage, the Aygo simply won’t.
Yet there is so much about the Aygo that we admire and respect. Its environmental credentials are beyond dispute.
It’s a car whose engineering and abilities sit more comfortably with the reality of our petroleum-based resources than most others: as such, it strikes a good balance between responsibility and enjoyment.
The Aygo has plenty of the infectious appeal we all expect from small cars — most notably an excellent engine — but we'd hoped for more ingenuity and flexibility in the cabin.
In the end it’s high on price and low on space, so not quite the product it could have been.