From the original Conquest hatchback to the quirky Tazz range and more recent Aygo compact hatch, Toyota South Africa has long played a meaningful role in terms of budget mobility in our country. Keen to build on this reputation for honest, value-focused motoring, Toyota Motor Corporation called upon its vested interests in fellow Japanese brand Daihatsu to develop its newest budget-friendly offering and, ultimately, the replacement for the Aygo.
The Ayga's introduction into South Africa in 2020. Assembled in Indonesia, the Agya is built on the same platform as the Daihatsu Ayla. Despite measuring just 3 660 mm long and 1 600 mm wide, this diminutive Toyota offers class-competitive levels of all-round comfort with one of the largest luggage compartments (260 litres) in this segment.
Significantly for a package that predominantly appeals to first-time buyers and relatively young drivers, the Agya range is fitted with ABS-assisted brakes and a driver and front passenger airbag as standard. The car also features Isofix child seat anchorage points in the rear and boasts a relatively impressive four-star ASEAN NCAP crash test rating.
Quirky styling aside, the Agya is available in a choice of six exterior colours, including its Electric Yellow launch colour. Standard throughout the four-model line-up are 14-inch alloy wheels, colour-coded bumpers and handles, air conditioning and electric windows. Indeed, the only differentiation between the two available trim levels is the inclusion of a Bluetooth-enabled audio system.
While an upgraded touchscreen-type infotainment system with smartphone mirroring functionality is available on request, all Agya models are prepped for on-board WiFi services, including a streaming function that works via the ToyotaConnect App. Data can be topped up as required.
The Agya's 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor offers a modest 49 kW and 89 Nm of torque. Available with the choice of either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, it's advisable to take this vehicle for a good test drive prior to purchase to ensure it offers enough performance to suit your lifestyle, especially if you live in a city situated at a performance-sapping altitude.
Significantly, Toyota claims an average fuel consumption of just 4.8 L/100 km for the manual version and 4.9 L/100 km for the auto.
Backed by an unrivalled national dealership footprint, resale values associated with the Agya should remain strong.
Toyota Agya 1.0T manual
from R192 300
Toyota Agya 1.0T manual with audio
from R196 400
Toyota Agya 1.0T auto
from R207 300
Toyota Agya 1.0T auto with audio
from R211 400
As with all Toyota South Africa products, parts availability and service options will be best-in-segment. The average cost of serviceable components for this model should be appreciably low.
MyToyota Insurance is claimed to be as reliable as the car you own. Available via the dealership or a toll-free number (0860 98 98 98), this comprehensive inhouse insurance option includes accidental damage cover via a broad selection of accredited repair shops and extends to death and disability financial cover.
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