+ Ideal urban transport
+ Cheap to buy and run
+ Handsome design
- Engine feels gutless at times
- Thrashy CVT gearbox
- Rear space almost non-existent
Verdict: The Aygo X rides higher than the car it replaces which makes it even better than it already was around town, and Toyota’s famous build quality is obvious throughout. But this is not a car for anyone who does a lot of motorway driving or needs something to double as a taxi.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: walking around it
The old Aygo was a bit of a head-turner, especially compared to boxy-looking rivals like the Skoda Citigo (RIP), but this new model looks even sweeter. Toyota admits it has tried to make the Aygo X appeal to a slightly old demographic than before, and we would say it has achieved that, mainly thanks to raising the ride height to add a dash of ‘SUVness’ to it.
It’s still a small car of course, but it’s 11mm higher than the old Aygo and 235mm longer. The wheelbase has been stretched by 90mm too, but Toyota is keen to point out the Aygo X still has a turning circle of just 4.7m. You can even opt for 18inch wheels, a first for an Aygo.
Despite its more grown-up aspirations the Aygo X still caters for a younger, fashion-conscious crowd, which is why it comes in a range of colour palettes with spice-themed names like Cardamon, Juniper, Chilli and Ginger. Every paint job is two-tone, contrasting attractively with the gloss black roof and rear panels. The colour themes continue inside the car, which helps it feel more expensive than its £15,000 starting price.
Fancy getting the wind in your hair? An optional canvas roof that retracts is a nice touch, although we wish it went back a bit further for more of an alfresco experience.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we think this is the best-looking car in the A-segment, especially as the number of competitor cars has dwindled over the past few years. The Peugeot 108, Citroen C1, Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii…they’re all gone. This means if you’re sizing up the Aygo X you’ll probably also be looking at the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: sitting inside it
As we mentioned, the exterior paint job is matched by the interior, with coloured trim used in places like the steering wheel, dashboard and door cards. It makes the cabin feel vibrant and fresh, very befitting of a car in this class.
Even though the Aygo X is the cheapest way to own a Toyota, it doesn’t feel like the poor relation to the rest of the brand’s models when it comes to build quality. The panels are well screwed together, everything feels firm and robust.
Key features like the steering wheel and some switchgear have been lifted straight from the more expensive Yaris Cross, and even the seats are plush and supportive.
We’re not going to tell you with a straight face that it feels particularly premium of course, the plastics used are hard rather than squidgy and soft, and things like the ball-shaped air vents are very budget, but what do you expect? Overall, the cabin looks good and won’t start falling apart after a year or two of use, and those are the most important things.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: using the tech
The size of the infotainment screen depends on the trim you go for, but the maximum is a 9-inch screen that looks huge, placed slap bang in the middle of the Aygo X’s small dash. Toyota’s infotainment system isn’t the sharpest on the market but it’s a huge improvement over the system used in the old Aygo, which was about as sophisticated as a Nintendo Game Boy.
The new system can be a little laggy and slow to respond to inputs, but the menus are sensible and icons big enough to prod easily while on the move. The all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard, so you’ll probably prefer using Google Maps or Waze to the in-built nav system which comes with some models.
Higher-spec models get a four-speaker sound system from JBL which also comes with a sub-woofer in the boot. It sounds pretty tasty with the volume cranked up and is well worth the extra spend if you like your music.
For the first time in a car of this size, Toyota’s Safety Sense comes as standard on all Aygo X models. This means it comes with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, lane keep assist and emergency steering assist: an impressive bundle of kit for such a cheap car.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: getting stuff in it
If you’ve read this review to this point you won’t need telling that the Aygo X is not a car for large families or anyone who needs to lug around a lot of stuff. That said, the boot has grown by more than 60 litres to 231 litres. In the real world that equates to two weekend bags or a weekly big shop, but don’t expect to squeeze much more in.
If you fold the rear seats flat – which fold in a 50/50 configuration – the load space grows to a much more useful 829 litres. And considering the back seats are tiny you might be happy to do that most of the time, you won’t want this car to double as a taxi.
Rear legroom is very tight, and if the driver or front passenger are over six feet tall then you won’t get anyone bigger than a five-year-old in the back without hearing a lot of complaints. Headroom in the back is also cramped for six-footers and above, and the tiny rear doors make getting in and out a squeeze. At least it has rear doors though, you don’t need to fold down the front seats to gain access to the back.
Up front however, the cabin is roomy. Driver and passenger don’t rub shoulders as they do in some city cars, and headroom is ample even for taller people. The glove box isn’t as small as you might expect from a car of this size, although you won’t fit much in the narrow door bins. Perhaps a phone and wallet.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: driving it
The Aygo X is available with just one engine, a 72hp three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol unit. It’s the same unit used in the old Aygo, so it’s been knocking around for a few years now. Customers can choose to pair it with either a five-speed manual gearbox, or a CVT automatic.
As you might expect with just 72 horses the Aygo X is not a fast car. In town it holds its own, the engine response is strong enough to make it nimble and nippy, but joining 70mph traffic on a motorway can be a bit nervy, the engine runs out of puff quickly. A 0-62mph time of 14.8 seconds is enough to tell you that you won’t be winning any drag races.
Because of the engine’s modest power output we found the manual could get a little tiring, you have to be very busy with the gears, dropping down for inclines and overtakes more than you would in something with a bit more guts. The bite point on the clutch is annoyingly high too, you find yourself over-revving at traffic lights.
The CVT is a much easier experience, especially around town, although like most CVTs it can get thrashy under heavy acceleration. It costs a little more too.
We were very impressed with the way the Aygo X handles bumpy ground; we were worried the extra height might have it jiggling around at the sight of a speed bump. But the damping is very well judged, it’s a smooth and calm ride at all times.
Because of its increased height the Aygo X is better than ever in town. The driver sits 55mm higher than in the old Aygo, which means they command a clearer view of the road and what’s around them. Toyota has made the A-pillar more upright too, which further increases visibility.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: paying for it
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Like a lot of Toyotas, the Aygo X is cheap to run. The modest engine means you should be able to get at least 50mpg out of it, and up to 58mpg if driving frugally.
When compared to its main rivals like the Volkswagen Up and Kia Picanto, the Aygo X might seem a bit expensive, but you get more car for your money: even the entry Pure model rides on 17-inch alloys and has things like a reversing camera and air con, and don’t forget all of the advanced safety kit that comes as standard.
Toyota’s legendary build quality and reliability mean you shouldn’t be hammered by repair and maintenance costs too much either.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: comparing it
Even with many manufacturers giving up on small cars to chase SUV sales, Toyota doesn’t have the A-segment all to itself. It has strong competition from cars like the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up, Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10.
For those who might be put off by the Aygo X’s lack of power we urge them to look at the VW Up GTI, which is phenomenally fun on the road. It’s more expensive though.
Most of the Aygo X’s rivals offer a little more in boot space too, but not by very much. None of these cars are going to be the vehicle of choice for an antique dealer.
The Hyundai i10 offers a lot of bang for the buck and is probably the best all-rounder in the segment, but its sober styling and lack of badge prestige will be enough to persuade many to go for the Aygo X instead.
In terms of safety and around-town driveability, the Aygo X is the best car in the class.
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Common questions about the Toyota Aygo X answered by the YesAuto expert team
Q: How much is the Toyota Aygo X?
A: Prices for the Pure trim start at £14,785, rising to £16,495 for the Edge model, which is the next step up. The top trim is called Exclusive, with prices starting at £17,515
Q: Is the Toyota Aygo X electric?
A: No, it is only available with a 72hp 1.0-litre petrol engine.
Q: Is the Toyota Aygo X reliable?
A: Toyota is famed for its build quality and reliability, which means the Aygo X should be a reliable car to own.