Saturday, December 4

New Toyota Agya Signals a New Dawn for SA’s A-Segment


2020 was a year of working together for the greater good. That spirit of collaboration has filtered down from the general public to the corporate world as well. Take for example the all-new Toyota Agya. An exciting collaboration between Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Daihatsu Motor Company, this new little gem has recently been introduced into South Africa’s highly competitive and price-sensitive A-segment for compact city cars.

The Agya shares its underpinnings with the Daihatsu Ayla — a five-door urban hatchback with generous interior space complemented by compact exterior dimensions which was first introduced in 2013. The name Ayla is Sanskrit for “light”, while “Agya” translates to “fast”.

Toyota Agya

As a direct replacement for the Aygo, the Agya is gearing up to be a fierce competitor in a segment where value and Rands-per-feature matter most. Aimed at discerning budget-conscious first-time buyers, the Agya’s arrival couldn’t come at a better time. 2020 has seen many consumers take a knock financially, and as a result, more consumers are sure to be looking at the budget-friendly compact city cars segment.

Small in stature, big on features

With a host of standard features such as anti-lock brakes (ABS) enhanced by electronic brake force distribution (EBD), 14-inch alloy wheels, driver and front passenger airbags and the option of an automatic transmission, the Agya simply offers more for less; while offering buyers the peace of mind of a quality Toyota-backed product.

Toyota Agya

Styled to stun

The all-new Agya perfectly matches value with good looks. The front bumper is sculpted with a 3-dimensional design for an assertive, sporty look. This is further enhanced by upwardly curving projector headlamps with a teardrop-shape.

At the side, the door handles are colour coded, as are the electrically retractable mirrors that neatly integrate the indicator lens. And showing off some more smartness at the back is a roof-mounted rear spoiler and LED-powered rear lights.

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Toyota Agya

Enjoy the space

To maximise interior and boot space (which can be increased through its fixed folding rear seat), the Agya has been specially designed with each wheel positioned at the outermost corner of the vehicle’s body. The dashboard is also a floating unit that allows for more space in the front cabin.

Running gear

As for the running gear, the compact urban car features anthracite-coloured 14-inch alloy wheels. Under the hood, the nippy but thrifty three-cylinder, fuel-injected petrol engine serves to make light work of urban commutes.

Toyota Agya

Choose from a slick-shifting five-speed manual transmission for ultimate driver control; or a self-shifting four-speed automatic transmission for complete driving comfort. The manual version of the car runs to a top speed of 165km/h while the automatic variant reaches a top speed of 145km/h.

The manual version of the Agya sips an average of just 4.8 l/100 km and emits a corresponding 112g CO2/km while the automatic variant consumes 4.9 l/100 km . An eco-indicator assists drivers in achieving fuel-efficient driving. Driven at the recommended speeds, the Agya’s 33-litre fuel tank should get you a maximum range of around 687 km.

Toyota Agya

Standard features and optional extras

The Agya offers an impressive list of extensive of standard comfort features. Interior comfort is taken care of by power steering and automatic air conditioning (climate control), key trip information is conveyed to the driver via a Multi-Information Display, while all passengers enjoy the luxury of electric windows. An auxiliary 12-volt socket is on hand for charging additional mobile devices. Powering up the Agya experience is a Push Start button and remote central locking.

Finally, safety and style go hand-in-hand with both driver and front passenger airbags; 14-inch alloy wheels and Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) equipped with Emergency Brake Force Distribution (EBD). At the back, two ISOFIX mounting brackets serve to secure baby seats to the rear seat; while the rear doors are fitted with child locks for complete peace of mind.

Toyota Agya

Consumers are also given the choice of a vehicle with an audio system or without. On so-equipped models, the Agya’s double-DIN touchscreen multimedia unit features CD, Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB connectivity. An optional touchscreen audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality will be available to customers as a dealer-fitted option.

Model line-up & Pricing

Agya MT – R178 600
Agya AT – R192 500
Agya MT (with audio) – R182 400
Agya AT (with audio) – R196 300

All Agya models are sold with a 2-services/20 000 km service plan. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty is also provided.

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