All-new Agya replaces Aygo in an exciting, more spacious bargain baby
Toyota has unleashed a significant cat among the South African entry class car pigeons with its all-new baby Agya. SA’s biggest carmaker has played another ace as it renews the bottom of its range with Agya following hot on the hells of the new Starlet. Stay tuned — it also comes ahead of a still-secret new B segment SUV.
AGYA IS A BETTER EQUIPPED TOYOTA ENTRY FIGHTER
The Toyota Agya now takes care of the entry level as it replaces the veritable Aygo. It will take on A segment rivals the rational and image conscious likes of Hyundai’s Grand i10, Renault Kwid and the Datsun Go. Toyota says its newcomer is aimed at the style set including young professionals and students aged 25 to 34 and earning twenty to forty grand a month.
It’s an eye-catching and efficient set of wheels that’s not just highly affordable, but it also carries that crucial Toyota credibility. Bigger and more spacious than the Aygo it replaces, the 5-door Agya is also available as an automatic. That was never an option with its predecessor.
Funky and stylish, Agya has bold projector headlamps and an expressive 3D grille. It gets colour coded repeater mirrors and dark metallic 14-inch alloys. And a roof spoiler with high mount stop lamp above rear bumper garnish. Agya comes in bright orange, red or yellow. And white or two metallic greys.
AGYA IS SMART, SPORTY AND FUNCTIONAL INSIDE
Secured by an alarm and immobiliser, access Agya via remote central locking. The smart, sporty and functional cabin gets black polished dash aspects, silver plated trim and cool material choices. It packs power steering, power windows ,climate control air conditioning and a multi-information display to go with the stylish dials.
While base models come without audio, all Agyas are Toyota Connect prepared. Which means the MyToyota App allows full access to the world of Toyota. And even better, the brand new Vodacom-linked MyEntertainment adds Videoplay and MyMuze music streaming. Owners get either 15 Gb complimentary My Toyota, 10 Gb 2-month video or 10 Gb 3-month free music data. And top up from there.
Audio equipped Agyas get double-DIN touchscreen multimedia with CD, Bluetooth, aux and USB connectivity and a 12-volt charging socket. A dealer-fitted optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto touchscreen audio system adds smartphone mirroring.
TRUSTY, FRUGAL 3-CYLINDER ENGINE
Fired up by push-to-start button, Agya carries over the Aygo’s trusty perky frugal 49 kW 89 Nm one-litre 3-pot. It comes with either a 5-speed manual or that new to Toyota in this class 4-speed automatic. It’s front-wheel drive. The manual accelerates to 100 km/h in 14.6 seconds with a top speed of 165 km/h, it sips 4.8 l/100 km and emits 112 g/km CO2. The automatic is a tad slower and less efficient.
Riding on McPherson strut front and a torsion beam rear suspension on a 2,455 mm wheelbase, Agya is longer too. It has 92 mm more rear cabin space and a bigger boot than the Aygo. And it’s more practical. Safe and secure, Agya has dual airbags, ISOFIX restraint mounts and rear door child locks. There’s ABS anti-skid with electronic brake force distribution. A lesser safety spec Agya scored four stars in the Asian NCAP crash test.
Toyota expects to move around 400 Agyas a month in South Africa once the launch frenzy quietens down. Toyota Financial Services has prepared a bouquet of attractive bespoke purchase plans via extensive 220-strong Tyopta dealer network. A 3-year 100.000 km warranty and 2-services 20,000 km service plan are standard and additional service and warranty options are available.
Toyota Agya Pricing Manual R178K Manual with audio R182K Automatic R192K Automatic with audio R196K