Three heads are better than one when it comes to city cars
When buying a car, have you ever though to yourself: why can’t I have a reliable car, but with the styling and flair of a French car maker? Well, as it turns out Toyota, Citroen and Peugeot were thinking the same thing and decided to pull their resources to produce a trio of city cars taking the industry by storm.
The small city car market has skyrocketed alongside the growth of congestion charges to reduce the traffic in crowded metropolitan cities. This is due to the fact that they are inexpensive to buy, maintain and run on a daily basis and great for zooming through congested streets. The partnership between Citroen, Toyota and Peugeot has given birth to the C1, Aygo and 107, but let’s see how they stack up in a highly competitive market:
The Peugeot spin on the trio’s partnership is an extremely inexpensive little car to run everyday with an economy that will never dent the budget too much. It has the distinctive Peugeot looks with the trademark lion motif and split grill. All in all, a Peugeot 107 in Sunderland really can make nipping around town a lot of fun.
The C1 comes in the cheapest of these small triplets cut from the same cloth, which always goes in your favour in terms of city car desirability. It is a cute-looking city car as you’d expect from Citroen who have always been at the sharp end of car design; take the Megane and DS3 for example, your honour. It has a chunky look inside, but is noisy and basic that really does go against it when you want a car that you have to live with on an everyday basis.
Toyota probably had the most to lose in this arrangement as far as the car was concerned as it is their reliability, build quality and durability that made them famous. Adding that French charm has seen them experience a bit of “je ne sais quoi” and the Aygo enjoys a sweet little engine and smooth gear changes, which makes it fun to burst around town. This is prerequisite of a small city car, but the price is on the strong side in a market where the emphasis is all on the affordability.
City cars make a lot of financial sense and the trio of Toyota, Citroen and Peugeot are pretty little cars with enough sparks to keep you happy on your jaunts around town.