Toyota Agya

A whole lot of car for the money, best of all is that little Agya is a Toyota!

An eye-catching, efficient and highly affordable set of wheels, the Toyota Agya’s biggest plus is its famous maker’s credibility. But there’s far more to this funky, fun and functional set of wheels.

Edgy and stylish, Agya certainly has stance. Bold projector headlamps frame its proud 3D grille, it rides on dark metallic 14-inch alloys and has a roof spoiler with a high mount stop lamp too. Add colour coded repeater mirrors in a bright choice of orange, red or yellow; white or two metallic grey hues, the darker of which you can see in these pictures.


Inexpensive as it may be, this is a smartly equipped little car. Not that it’s small. The bigger and more spacious 5-door Toyota Agya packs power steering, power windows and climate control air conditioning. And a multi-information display to go with its stylish dials. Agya also gets remote central locking with an alarm and immobiliser and keyless push button start. And a cabin finished in cool materials, from polished black dash aspects to silver trim.

While it’s focussed on value for money, the Toyota Agya also considers all of its various its owner-types’ desires for connectivity. That’s why it comes with a stepped infotainment offering. Starting with Vodacom-linked MyEntertainment to run its Videoplay and MyMuze music streaming as a baseline, owners who want more connectivity can step up to an Audio equipped Agya.

That gets you double-DIN touchscreen multimedia with CD, Bluetooth, aux and USB connectivity and a 12-volt charging socket. And if you still want more, an affordable dealer-fitted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto touchscreen audio system brings smartphone mirroring. Being a Toyota, your Agya also comes with Toyota Connect access to the world of MyToyota.


It’s easy to get into and climb out of the long, tall and wide Agya, which has a stretched 2,455 mm wheelbase to liberate 92 mm more rear cabin space. So there’s there’s plenty room inside and ample space for four adults to ride in comfort. It’s more practical too, with a bigger and easily accessible boot. Never mind, you can pop the rear seats down to make it into a little panel van, should the need arise.

Fire it up at the touch of its start button and Agya’s frugal 49 kW 89 Nm litre three-cylinder’s trusty rumble immediately sets you at ease. This perky little engine carries over from Agya’s bullet-proof Aygo predecessor. It comes in the choice of a typically Toyota slick-shifting 5-speed manual or a fuss-free 4-speed automatic. That’s new to Toyota in this class. And great news to many a prospective buyer not bothered with stick shifting in this entry niche.

Agya is as frugal as you can get at 4.8 l/100 km. It emits a tax dodging 112 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. The manual accelerated to 100 km/h a second quicker than claimed in a decent 13.6 seconds in our tests. With a top speed of 165 km/h. The automatic is a tad slower and less efficient.


On the road, the front-wheel drive Agya handles well. It is fun to drive on its McPherson strut front and a torsion beam rear suspension. Safety is par for the course in the entry level. Agya has a couple of airbags for the driver and passenger, ISOFIX child seat mounts and rear door child locks. There’s ABS anti-skid braking with electronic force distribution. A lesser safety spec version scored four stars in the Asian NCAP crash test.

Agya comes with a standard 3-year 100,000 km warranty and 2-services 20,000 km service plan. Additional service and warranty options are of course available from your Toyota dealer around the corner. Being a Toyota dealer counts for so very much in the South African car market…

So there you have it. Toyota’s baby Agya is a funky, fun and functional little car. It takes care of the bottom of SA’s biggest carmaker’s range. And it does so in style too. An eye-catching and efficient set of wheels it’s highly affordable. It packs a most impressive level of specification. And offers a unique selection of stepped connectivity options to satisfy all techy needs.


Aimed at the style set from first time car buyers to students to young professionals in their late 20s and early thirties earning twenty to forty grand a month, the Agya takes it to rivals the likes of the Kwid, Ria, Atos, Go and others. But most significant of all, the Agya also carries that crucial advantage of Toyota credibility.

All we can add, is don’t ignore the Toyota Agya if you’re buying in this bargain basement neck of the new car woods…

Toyota Agya Pricing
Manual          R182K
Manual Audio    R186K
Automatic       R196K
Automatic Audio R200K
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