Toyota Aygo tyres
Before the supermini became a mainstream part of the car market, young drivers found themselves in no man’s land. Few cars were available with small engines and a larger engine size had a magnifying effect on already sky-high insurance premiums. Money would usually be tight, meaning that running costs would be an important factor. Additionally, most new drivers found themselves restricted by budget to older cars, with reliability by no means as taken for granted as it is today. Style or personality became luxuries in car choice, rather than a necessity. Options for your first car tended, therefore, to be rather dull and drab, with only older cars being within financial reach.
The original superminis may well have been launched for environmental reasons and with an emphasis on the convenience and practicality of small cars. However, the likes of the Aygo were also cheap to buy and run, making then an attractive option for younger drivers. That these cars would become the preferred transport of the young rather than the eco-warrior is borne out by the styling of the new Aygo (above). Its looks show that it is aimed squarely at younger drivers rather than those out to save the planet. Various body parts are customisable, resembling nothing so much as mobile phone covers.
For a city car, the Aygo is well built and reliable, as you’d expect from a Toyota. It is also agile and nimble. That it can be out of its depth on the motorway won’t matter to its core audience. The Aygo is cheap to buy and run, with excellent safety ratings.
It’s this safety aspect which should be the most important factor in replacement tyre choice for these cars. In contrast, a tyre’s fuel economy rating will be of much less relevance since these cars are not designed or used for high annual mileages. Each tyre’s wet grip ratings can be clearly seen on both its label and this website. A good rating for wet grip translates into increased safety at all levels. From better roadholding and sharper cornering to increased braking ability and reduced stopping distances, the safety aspects of better wet grip cannot be overstated. These are particularly relevant when the car in question is one so popular with younger and more inexperienced drivers.
Among the tyre types factory-fitted by Toyota to the Aygo, most common is Continental’s EcoContact range. As its name would suggest, this is a tyre designed for low levels of both fuel consumption and Carbon Dioxide emissions. It also features excellent levels of wet grip, with all the benefits detailed above, and well-known durability. In short, it is a tyre perfectly suited to the Aygo. Needless to say, it is by far etyres’ best-selling range for this car. While Continental tyres are by no means the cheapest option, in real terms the price difference with other tyres is not large since the Aygo features diminutive wheels which need small tyres. That small difference in price buys enormous reassurance and underpins the popularity of these tyres with Aygo drivers.
Of the other options available, Toyo, Firestone and Nexen tyres are the most common choices. All of these come at a lower price than the factory-fitted Continental ranges and represent good value ‘all-round’ options. As always, etyres’ advice is to buy the best tyres you can afford, with grip ratings being the best way of choosing between the options available.