Whatever Toyota does, matters. South Africa’s largest and most influential car brand is now adding a new budget vehicle to its local range.

This new value offering is called the Agya and the four derivative range is crucially priced below R200 000. Toyota has recognized that with the retirement of its Etios range, there was a gap in the product portfolio which required to be filled.

The Toyota Agya: Compact and affordable

With Agya, the target customers are first-time buyers or those who have been forced into a down-sized family vehicle, due to prevailing economic circumstances.

The design and styling is typical of a compact Japanese city car. What makes the Agya interesting, aside from its affordability, is the fact that this is not truly a Toyota. It is designed and engineered by Daihatsu, the Japanese compact car company that Toyota retains a significant shareholding in.

It is a very small car, measuring only 3.6m in length and 1.6m across, which should make Toyota’s Agya effortlessly easy to park and navigate through congested inner-city traffic.

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Toyota Agya a real fuel-saver

Being compact in size makes the Agya very light, at only 835kg. This allows it to be powered by a very small and simplified engine. The one-litre three-cylinder engine produces only 49kW and 89Nm, but performance should be adequate at lower speeds.

An affordable car that is light is also expected to use very little fuel. Toyota claims that its Agya should return a theoretical 687km range on its 33-litre fuel tank.

The overall specification is fair, with even the cheapest version rolling 14-inch alloy wheels. Safety is supported by ABS brakes and a front driver and passenger airbag.

All Agyas have power-assisted steering and electric windows, but there is a significant disparity in terms of infotainment specification.

Pricing

The R178,600 Agya 1.0 manual does not have even have a radio, although there are speakers installed with wiring if you wish to fit an aftermarket system. Toyota charges R3,800 if you want to add a radio system to your Agya.

The Agya range starts at R178,600 and peaks at R196,300 with an automatic transmission version that includes a radio.

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