Toyota Aygo X Review 2022

Toyota Aygo X At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Toyota Aygo X isn't really a crossover - it's a city car with a faint hint of SUV design. But it's stylish, good to drive, solid and well-equipped, and the raised driving position and tight turning circle make it perfect for town use.

+Yaris platform means grown-up ride and handling. Striking exterior and solid interior. Well equipped even in base trim.

-List price is higher than many rivals. Could do with a more powerful engine option. Canvas roof eats into rear headroom.

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.

Ask Honest John

Should I trade in my Fiat Panda for a Toyota Aygo X?
"I currently own a Fiat Panda Waze 0.9. It was first registered in September 2019 and has done 11,700 miles. I’m thinking about trading it in for the new Toyota Aygo X limited edition as I love the look of it and want better tech in car to make calls and play music more easily, but is it worth it? "
Probably, yes. The Fiat Panda is feeling very dated now and the Toyota Aygo X is multiple generations ahead. We rate the Aygo X highly and it's likely to be a very reliable little car with low running costs. The Limited Edition model comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can access your playlists easily. In the current market, you'll probably get a good price for your Panda.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What do you recommend to replace a Volkswagen Golf?
"My in-laws, who are in their 70s and live in rural Scotland, recently had a car crash in which their 2014 Volkswagen Golf was written off. They are now looking for a smaller car than the Golf but one that suits my six foot six father-in-law. The car also needs to be economical and ideally an automatic. So far I've narrowed it down to: Toyota Yaris Cross, Hyundai Kona and the Nissan Micra. "
All of the above are solid choices, although the Hyundai Kona feels very similar in size to a Golf so that's worth bearing in mind. I've not driven the Yaris Cross, but the standard Yaris is an excellent car and I'd expect the Cross to feel very similar. The Yaris I drove got brilliant fuel economy even on long motorway runs up to Scotland, which you'd expect wouldn't favour its hybrid engine. Toyotas use proven parts that are very reliable and they're dealers consistently score highly for customer care. If you do pop down to a Toyota dealer, it might be worth waiting a couple of months for the new Aygo X. It replaces the current Aygo and has mini-SUV looks that should translate into excellent front seat headroom. It's based on the Yaris, but will feel significantly smaller than your in-laws' Golf. The only things that might be an issue is its 72PS engine which feels pretty weedy, although it does suit the optional automatic gearbox. I'm not sure how the Micra would feel for your father in-law, best for him to try it out in person, but from memory it wasn't overly spacious in the front seat. I'd describe it as a grown up small car, though, it's very comfortable and quiet. Another car I would suggest having a look at is the Volkswagen Polo. It's surprisingly big inside, is very easy to drive and is cheap to run. It's available with a 90PS turbocharged engine, which has a handy slug of extra power for driving out of town, but returns 55mpg all day long. I'm always surprised how comfortable it is for a relatively small car. The only problem may be the DSG automatic gearbox that can be jerky during low-speed manoeuvring, it's a little disconcerting if you're not used to it. Hope that helps, we have full reviews of all the car's mentioned, below: Yaris Cross: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/yaris-cross-2021/ Aygo X: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/aygo-x-2022/ Kona: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/hyundai/kona-2017/ Micra: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/micra-k14-2017/ Polo: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/polo-vi-2017/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Small car with raised driving position for £30,000 - what do you recommend?
"My wife has been driving an SUV and now wants a much smaller car - but still with an elevated driving position to ease entry and egress. She would like an automatic, a rear view camera and heated seats. Ideally a petrol/hybrid, but an electric car or just petrol is OK too. She could not get comfortable in a Smart Four-Two. She found a Toyota Yaris too big and an Aygo too low. Ideally, we would like to avoid a European car. We have a budget up to about £30,000. "
There aren't many electric or hybrid options in cars this size because the technology makes them prohibitively expensive. I know you ruled out the Aygo, but its replacement, the Aygo X, could be just the ticket. It has raised suspension so it'll be easier to get in and out of but it's still around the same size as the current model. Exact specifications have yet to be revealed, but I expect it'll be available with all the kit you want and Toyota has said it'll be offered with an automatic. We expect the Aygo X to go on sale any day now, you can read about it, here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/new-cars/2021-11/revealed-toyota-aygo-x/
Answered by Russell Campbell
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