A distant cousin of the late Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1, the Toyota Aygo is on its way. Called Aygo X, this 3rd opus, which adopts the SUV codes, is neither hybrid nor electric. A convertible version (Air Limited) is also offered, with automatic transmission only.
This will not escape anyone: the market for so-called micro-city cars has been reduced to a drip. The Peugeot 108, Citroën C1, Ford Ka +, Opel Karl, Opel Adam, Suzuki Celerio have disappeared from the market while others, such as Smart, have opted for a purely electric solution. In question, lower profitability for manufacturers and a neglected genre by customers, who resort to the SUV.
As a result, the offer is now limited to rare models such as the Fiat Panda City and Cross, the Hyundai i10, the Volkswagen uP! – also derived in electric version – the Suzuki Ignis and, of course, the Renault Twingo. Another survivor, the Toyota Aygo, cousin of the missing Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1. The manufacturer has decided to continue the solo adventure with a 3rd opus, the Aygo X (pronounced Aygo Cross).
For the occasion, this new Toyota adopts the SUV’s wardrobe as its older sister, the Yaris Cross, from which it borrows its TNGA-B platform.
Taller, longer and with new two-tone and “spicy” colors (ginger beige, cardamom green, chilli red and juniper blue), this new Aygo X, whose ticket is € 15,990, will seduce?
Please note that the Aygo X has an optional sequential or automatic gearbox (S-CVT) (€ 1000).
Available in five finishes (Active, Dynamic, Design, Collection and Air Limited), we had in our hands the Aygo X Collection with manual gearbox, billed at € 19,690 without any penalty or bonus.
Ergonomics and design
The Aygo X is directly inspired by the Toyota X Prologue concept car presented in March 2021, especially in this two-tone chili red color. We certainly don’t find the same open mouth (although the mesh air intake at the bottom of the shield is impressive) or the huge wheel arches, but the dynamic line is preserved.
However, our Aygo X Chili Red Collection does not leave anyone indifferent, in particular its back and its black wheel arches, not to mention the large 18-inch wheels.
The Aygo X is larger than the previous version. Its length reaches 3.70 m (+23.5 cm), its width increases to 1.74 m (+ 12.5 cm) while it reaches a height of 1.51 m (+ 5 cm). The wheelbase is 9 cm, up to 2.43 m.
Like the exterior line, the cabin (16% larger) is distinguished by the simplified design of its dashboard, all curved. It is highlighted at each end by intelligent aerators – surrounded by glossy plastic – that take the form of a globe that rotates in all directions to direct the air.
Like the Yaris Cross, we regret an austere side that accentuates the dark look of the cabin, despite the presence of a color insert around the touch screen. For the light you will have to opt for the convertible version, Air Limited.
Thanks to a greater wheelbase, the legroom for the only two rear passengers is correct. Two drawbacks, though. The first is a slightly low roof protection, especially for those over 1.77 m. The second is the difficult access to the rear seats due to the doors not opening enough, unlike the front ones, whose opening angle has been increased.
Please note that the rear door windows cannot be lowered, but open like the rear quarters.
Finally, the best ones are still the front passengers, who gain comfort with the seats installed higher and displaced 2 cm back, thus allowing more space for the shoulders (+4.5 cm).
As for the trunk, its volume increases by 63 l to offer a capacity ranging from 231 to 829 l once the seats are folded down.
Comfort and equipment
Once installed in the cabin, we find ourselves in front of a very large dashboard. This is due to the fact that the windshield pillars have moved backwards, thus offering a wider field of view (+ 10%).
As in the previous version, the most prominent element is the instrument panel crowned by a XXL lid. The latter incorporates a mini LCD screen that moves various information related to driving and car organs. Everything is controlled from the multifunction steering wheel.
But what steals the spotlight is the 9-inch (22.86 cm diagonal) touch screen that equips the finish of our Collection. It is also present in the discoverable version. However, for entry finishes, you will have to settle for an 8 or 7 inch screen (20.32 to 17.78 cm diagonals).
This center screen has shortcut keys on the left that allow you to return to the home page. Basically, there are a number of features (Media, Phones, Services, Vehicle, Profile, Road Events, and Parking Search) arranged as smartphone icons.
The Toyota Smart Connect home information system offers real-time traffic alerts, geolocation of a car park and will allow new services to appear in the future through remote or Over the Air (OTA) updates.
In use, the Toyota system is easy to use and fluid, though a bit austere, especially when it comes to navigation. We prefer Apple CarPlay (wireless for high-end finishes) or Android Auto. We note the presence of a single USB-A socket and an induction charger.
We regret that a head-up system, such as the Yaris Cross, is not even offered as an option.
Handling and performance
To put it bluntly, despite its adventurous air, the Toyota Aygo X does not like to go out of town. It must be said that with a length of 3.70 m and an ultra-small turning radius of 4.7 m, it is the queen of slots.
It’s time to launch our Aygo X using the big button provided for this purpose. The three-cylinder blows and feels (a little too), especially when going up the hill of the old Montjuïc car circuit.
Admittedly, when it comes to sound filtering, we’ve come to know it better. For economy, there is a direct link with the body plate. While driving, we observed – on the driver’s side – 62 B at 50 km / h and 71 dB at 130 km / h.
Noise measurement at 50 km / h
62 db (A)
Noise measurement at 130 km / h
71 db (A)
Thanks to its pocket size and despite its large 18-inch wheels, the Aygo X is especially playful and easy to handle in the city. The accelerations of its brave three-cylinder are enough, perhaps because the 72 hp and 93 Nm of torque only have 970 kg to drag.
Another reason for satisfaction is the precise steering and the agile front. When it comes to braking, the pedal attack offers a frank response.
Where the image darkens is when it comes to leaving the city. We suspected it, but it’s a fact: road and mountain walks are not your cup of tea. In fact, you have to constantly play with the shift lever to restart the engine and take advantage of its extension, which makes it excessively noisy. Finally, in terms of cushioning, if the front is convincing, it will quickly punish the buttocks of the rear passengers with their stiffness.
Of course, the Aygo X prefers to play it fresh in the heart of the cities where it will shine for its compactness, but also for its low consumption that we will detail in the next part.
In terms of security, the manufacturer has developed an internal package called Safety Sense. Although it is an urban car, the Aygo X benefits, like the previous version, from driving aids (ADAS).
The Aygo X combines sensors, a monocular camera and wave radar, which gives it a pre-collision safety system with detection of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, also active at intersections. We also highlight the automatic headlight lighting and an emergency call system.
Line crossing alert with help to maintain the line, which does the job properly without the ping-pong effect with the white lines, a trajectory assistant and a smart adaptive cruise control are at stake. There is also a reversing camera and a rear seat occupancy reminder system (very handy with young children).
Autonomy and load
Unlike the Yaris, the Aygo will only be available with a combustion engine. Get out of the hybrid, which would have increased the weight of the car (940 kg) but also its price.
Under the hood is the 1.0 l three-cylinder petrol engine that develops 72 hp (93 Nm of torque) associated with a five-speed manual gearbox. One option allows you to opt for sequential or automatic transmission (S-CVT).
Toyota announces an average consumption of 4.9 l / 100 km (WLTP cycle) with the manual transmission compared to 5 l / 100 km with the S-CVT transmission. Which makes it one of the cheapest microurban cars on the market. Note that the fuel tank is quite small with 35 l.
During our test we obtained an average consumption of 5.2 l / 100 km from the on-board computer, with urban use and a few fast portions, which would have led us to a range of 657 km. Therefore, the Aygo X prides itself on great sobriety and its low power consumption even allows it to eclipse microhybrid competitors.