The new Agya has striking styling and offers competitive comfort and safety specs. Picture: SUPPLIED
The new Agya has striking styling and offers competitive comfort and safety specs. Picture: SUPPLIED

Recently Toyota raided the merger bins of Suzuki to create the new Toyota Starlet hatchback to replace the Etios. The Starlet has already sold more than 1,000 units in SA since its introduction a little more than two months ago.

Now the Japanese brand has launched another new model procured through its other partner, Daihatsu. The Japanese small car specialist is a subsidiary of Toyota and has donated its five-door Ayla for Toyota to create the Agya, which is a replacement of the Aygo as the cheapest Toyota in SA.

In terms of market positioning it goes head-to-head in the budget-conscious A segment with cars such as the Renault Kwid, Datsun Go, Kia Picanto and Hyundai Grand i10.

The Agya is their size peer at 3,660mm long with a wheel base of 2,455mm. It’s a sufficiently spacious place with no apparent shortage in head, shoulder or legroom.

However, the fly in the ointment is the rear bench, which doesn’t split fold. It folds as a single unit if you want to increase the 260l of boot space with the seats up. In a nutshell, you can’t carry long or large items along with at least one passenger in the rear.

Model-dependent features in the Agya include power steering, automatic air conditioning, trip information via a Multi-Information Display, full electric windows, a 12-volt socket, push start button and remote central locking.

Infotainment includes a touchscreen command centre, CD, Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB connectivity. There’s an optional touchscreen audio system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for more connectivity and navigation mirrored from a smartphone.

As per the norm with all new Toyota products, Toyota Connect with Wi-Fi connectivity and online services is available to the Agya and linked to the MyToyota app. In a new partnership with Vodacom, Toyota SA has announced a new on-and-off car streaming capability for its products under the new MyEntertainment umbrella so customers can stream local and international entertainment, such as movies, series and music videos, on the go.

It’s a neat and spacious enough interior, but the rear seat only folds down in one piece. Picture: SUPPLIED
It’s a neat and spacious enough interior, but the rear seat only folds down in one piece. Picture: SUPPLIED

The ambience, look and feel of the Agya’s interior is satisfactory but not extraordinary in the segment. It’s exactly what its intended customers will expect. With the Agya arriving during a period where vehicle safety is in the headlines, this little Toyota is fitted with both driver and front passenger airbags and ABS brakes.

The Agya achieved a four-star adult occupant rating and four-star child occupant rating in ASEAN NCAP crash-testing.

The front-wheel drive Agya comes in a single petrol engine: a naturally aspirated 1.0l three-cylinder mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto. The manual version is measured to consume an average 4.8l/100km while the self-shifter is rated at 4.9l/100km.

Performance is rated at 14.6 secs to 100km/h and a top speed of 165km/h while the auto ambles to 100km/h in 16.3 secs with a lower 145km/h top end.

The drive may be slow but it’s a nippy little thing for darting about urban areas. The engine is free-revving and responsive while the controls — from the gear lever and pedals to the steering wheel — are pleasingly light in action to stave off driver exhaustion.

All Agya models are sold with a two-services/20,000km service plan and a three-year/100,000km warranty.

 

Pricing

Agya — R178,600

Agya auto — R192,500

0Agya (with audio) — R182,400

Agya auto (with audio) — R196,300

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