By BRENWIN NAIDU
THERE is much to consider when buying you’re looking to buy your first set of wheels. Size is important: if you are still trying to master the basics of parking, then perhaps it would not be best to buy something like a large Sports Utility Vehicle. Then there are maintenance costs, reliability and fuel consumption to think about. And, finally, value for money – nobody wants to feel as though they’ve been ripped-off with their first experience of car ownership.
Thankfully, for those in this situation, the choices are not limited. Almost every manufacturer has a small, entry-level offering in the stable. Volkswagen have the Polo Vivo – and there could be another supermini in the pipeline, named the Up!, news of which is all over the world wide web.
From Chevrolet, one can choose the Spark Lite or the bolder looking “Hot” new Spark. Renault has the Sandero, Kia has the new Picanto and Hyundai offers the i10. You could even look to the Chinese manufacturers: Geely gives the LC to the market, with keen standard features, pricing and cute looks that resemble a panda bear. There’s also the Citroen C1 and making an appearance more recently, the Aygo from Toyota.
According to Toyota’s press machine, the name Aygo is a combination of “I” and “Go”, two words new drivers will only be too happy to say, once getting their first wheels. It’s easy to see that Toyota’s dainty car is targeted at a more youthful audience: its funky, cool and compact. Starting off the range is the Aygo Fresh.
Then there’s the Aygo Wild, which comes with colour coded door handles, electric windows and alloy wheels. Air conditioning and power steering are standard in both Fresh and Wild models. Safety features include ABS – standard in both, and airbags for driver and passenger, with the Wild being equipped with side airbags in addition.
Powering the Toyota Aygo is a 1-litre petrol engine, which produces 50-kilowatts and 93 Newton-metres of torque. It has a fuel consumption figure of 4.6 litres / 100 kilometres. The 0-100 sprint is promised in 14.2 seconds. The Aygo’s power is transferred through a five-speed manual gearbox.
Now for the important bit: price. The Toyota Aygo Fresh has a tag of R109 900, while the Wild model costs a bit more, at R120 100. A 60 000 kilometre/four-year ToyotaCare service plan is offered on all models.