Toyota Aygo X review

Toyota Aygo X review

We road test the all-new Toyota Aygo X – a city car transformed into a funky urban crossover…

Toyota is on a roll. Recent acclaimed additions to the range include the GR86 coupe, the Yaris, Yaris Cross, GR Yaris, and the bZ4X – the brand’s first EV.

The all-new Toyota Aygo X continues the winning streak. In one fell swoop Toyota’s designers have re-invented the city car, creating an urban runabout sporting chunky, compact crossover looks.

Arguably its only rival is the quirky Suzuki Ignis, which needs a workout in comparison to the rufty-tufty Aygo X (pronounced “Aygo Cross”).

Toyota Aygo X review

At first glance it looks like Toyota started with a clean sheet, but look closely and you’ll spot design cues from the outgoing Aygo such as the glass hatch and pop-out rear windows.

At only 3.7 metres long and 1.74m wide, it’s a little larger than the old Aygo hatchback, and despite its crossover design, it rides just 11mm higher.

Starting at a very competitive £15,405, the Aygo X range has been kept simple. There’s just one (non-hybrid) petrol engine available (a 71bhp three-cylinder unit), with the option of either a five-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission.

Toyota Aygo X review

And there are only three trims levels (Pure, Edge and Exclusive), plus a special Limited Edition model.

Entry-level X Pure comes as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, air con, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, plus a leather steering wheel trim.

Edge grade adds 18-inch alloys, automatic air con and wipers, rear privacy glass, front fog lights and an 8.0-inch multimedia display. It also gains extra exterior styling details and a bi-tone/metallic paint finish. Options include a large, power-operated canvas roof and a parking pack with front and rear intelligent clearance sonars and an automatic braking function.

Toyota Aygo X review

The range-topping Exclusive model comes with cloth and synthetic leather upholstery, a wireless phone charger, LED headlights and smart entry.

It also gets the new Toyota Smart Connect multimedia system with 9.0-inch display, giving access to cloud-based navigation, latest road information, connected services and over-the-air updates for updates and fixes.

We tested the Limited Edition version, which is finished in cool new Cardamom Green metallic paint. It features 18-inch matt black alloys, Mandarina orange highlights on the wheels, sills and bumpers, plus other interior design features and the canvas roof. The front seats are heated and have part-leather upholstery.

Toyota Aygo X review

So, the Aygo X is well equipped. It’s also safe because the impressive Toyota Safety Sense package is fitted as standard. It includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, emergency steering assist, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera. Higher-spec cars also get front and rear parking sensors.

Despite its pumped up looks and longer wheelbase, it’s still very much a city car inside, even if the seating position has been raised by 5cm.

The interior is cheap and cheerful, but then what would you expect for the price? So, you’ll find hard plastics and exposed painted metal. On the plus side, the infotainment system works well and there are still some physical buttons and dials (for the air con – crucially).

Toyota Aygo X review

There’s plenty of room up front and the driving position is comfortable. However, it’s still cosy in the back and the passenger experience isn’t helped by the small, rear-hinged windows which don’t fully open.

Thankfully, the boot is more practical than before, offering 60 litres extra (231 litres in all), expanding to 829 litres with the rear seats folded.

The thrummy three-pot has been tuned for economy over performance, so more spirited drivers will have to work the five-speed gearbox hard to make swift progress.

Toyota Aygo X review

Officially, the manual version hits 62mph from standstill in 14.9 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 98mph.

CO2 emissions are as low as 109g/km and fuel economy is up to 58.85mpg. In fact, in mixed driving I managed 60mpg, which added to the low insurance group and Toyota’s reputation for reliability, means owning an Aygo X should be an affordable experience.

Despite being low on power, it handles surprisingly well and only feel unsettled if really pushed.

Toyota Aygo X review

In its more natural urban habitat, it’s nippy, agile and easy to drive. Light and quick steering, plus an exceptionally small turning circle of just 4.7m really help.

However, it’s not the quietest cabin – a combination of the thrum from the engine and wind noise, while the full-length canvas roof doesn’t help – even if it is fun in the sun.

So, the Aygo X isn’t perfect, but full marks to Toyota for creating a new niche and a dinky car full of character that stands out from the crowd, puts a smile on your face and represents great value for money.

Toyota Aygo X review

It’s also worth remembering that the Aygo X comes with a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, but it’s also eligible for Toyota’s warranty protection for up to 10 years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first), but you do have to service your car at a franchised dealer each year to maintain that cover.

Verdict: The all-new Toyota Aygo X is a breath of fresh air. An affordable city car with cool urban crossover looks that’s fun to drive, safe, economical. cheap to run and well equipped.

Toyota Aygo X review

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Top 20 cheapest cars to drive in the UK

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Gareth Herincx

2 days ago
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New research by comparison site Uswitch has revealed the cheapest cars to run, breaking down the annual running costs of the country’s most popular motors.

Knowing how much it’s going cost to run a car each year is an important part of any purchase decision, so the study calculated the cost per mile (CPM) and annual running cost (including fuel, insurance, road tax and miles per gallon) against the UK’s average mileage (7,400 miles).

Top 20 cheapest cars to run each year in the UK

Rank Vehicle Total Annual Running Cost Average Cost Per Mile
1 Kia Picanto £1,372.63 £0.19
2 Citroen C1 £1,383.50 £0.19
3 Peugeot 108 £1,405.32 £0.19
4 Toyota Aygo £1,418.58 £0.19
5 Toyota Yaris £1,420.18 £0.19
6 Hyundai i10 £1,439.55 £0.19
7 Toyota Corolla £1,443.84 £0.20
8 Toyota Prius £1,446.27 £0.20
9 Fiat 500 £1,448.96 £0.20
10 Suzuki Swift £1,458.33 £0.20
11 Fiat Panda £1,467.62 £0.20
12 Volkswagen UP! £1,481.03 £0.20
13 Honda Jazz £1,487.20 £0.20
14 Hyundai i20 £1,495.95 £0.20
15 Dacia Sandero £1,502.50 £0.20
16 Skoda Fabia £1,510.75 £0.20
17 Kia Ceed £1,513.12 £0.20
18 Renault Megane £1,516.57 £0.20
19 Ford Fiesta £1,526.51 £0.21
20 Mazda 2 £1,526.99 £0.21

“When buying a new car there are many factors that have to be taken into account before making a final decision on which make and model to purchase,” said Joel Kempson, car insurance expert at Uswitch.com.

“However, undoubtedly the most important factor is the costs that come with purchasing a vehicle, not only the cost of the car itself but also the extra cash needed to run it day to day.

“According to our cost per mile (CPM) calculation, the Kia Picanto is the most affordable car to run per mile, making the vehicle a great choice for drivers wanting to save money over the long term.”

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Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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