Toyota Aygo X Review 2022
Toyota Aygo X At A Glance
The Toyota Aygo has become the Toyota Aygo X, with a sprinking of SUV flavour. No, it won't go off-road, but it's better looking than most rivals, generously equipped and decent fun to drive. With affordable city cars becoming an endangered species, the Aygo X is a worthy addition to the market.
The Toyota Aygo X is the first Aygo ever that's an entirely solo effort for the Japanese brand. Its former partners in this area, Peugeot and Citroen, have decided not to follow up the closely related 108 and C1 with direct replacements.
And they're not the only ones. In the last few years, Ford, Vauxhall, Renault, Skoda and SEAT have pulled their affordable, petrol-powered city cars from the market. Others that used to make one have long since left it, too.
Why? Well as safety and technology standards have increased, and emission regulations tightened, car makers faced a tough choice: sell the cars at an affordable price and barely make a dime on them, or raise the price to the point where buyers are better off buying a larger supermini. Some brands, such as Smart, have gone all-electric instead with comparatively expensive models.
Still, that's left plenty of market share for the remaining brands to feast on. The new Toyota Aygo X's main rivals are the Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10, Suzuki Ignis, Volkswagen Up and, well, that's about it. There's the Fiat Panda and 500, too, but both are over a decade old now.
To help mark out the Aygo X (the X stands for cross), Toyota has looked to the ever-growing small SUV crowd for inspiration. It gets chunky, rugged looks, bigger wheels and a seating position raised by 5cm over the old car, which Toyota claims makes it easier to spot and interact with pedestrians and cyclists in city streets.
It's certainly a striking bit of design - a bit like the old Aygo on steroids. But to our eyes it works. Inside, you'll find a modern-looking, well-equipped cabin with typical Toyota solidity, although it's a lot less practical than the similarly micro SUV Ignis.
The Toyota Aygo X is powered by a simple 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine which can be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic. The latter is best suited to town use, with the former being more fun to drive out of it. Unlike every other Toyota there's no hybrid power here: it simply couldn't be done without the price going up.
Speaking of price, the Aygo X is one of the more expensive city cars on paper, with high-spec models (equipped with an electric canvas roof) coming in at more than £20k. You don't need to spend that, though - even the entry level car gets an impressive amount of standard kit, including adaptive cruise control, 17in alloys, a touchscreen and a vast suite of active safety aids, which should make the Aygo one of (if not the) safest cars in its class.
Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Toyota Aygo X review.