Toyota Aygo X: between two chairs


Fgoing it alone was a real challenge for Toyota. While he had previously been a trio with Peugeot (106) and Citroën (C1), thus splitting investments in the Czech plant, leaving the Frenchman’s position shuffled Aygo’s cards. This retreat is motivated by increasingly stringent regulations that force prices on small models to far exceed their natural price. Toyota boldly still believes in the city car, but understands that it must increase the benefits and justify the higher price.

PHILOSOPHY

Thus was born Aygo X, which, contrary to its appearance, is not a letter, but a kind of logo, meaning the Cross. It is not very clear, you will agree, but the laws of marketing are sometimes impenetrable. We must find this X on other models, which will thus create a family of urban crossovers. How did Toyota manage to make this model so much newer than it looks? Naturally relying on his huge bank of organs.

If the silhouette strongly resembles the previous generation Aygo, but with an incredible body, this is not the same car at all. In reality, you’ll have to look at the big sister Yaris, made in France, to find a significantly increased base according to the new canons of a city car. Enough to take on its crossover mission, including pavement climbing. At this level, it’s more of a broken promise, because 14cm of ground clearance isn’t anything out of the ordinary and also owes to 17 or even 18-inch wheels. Everything is great!

LIFE ON BOARD

On the other hand, the X has gained 235mm in length, which now reaches 3.70m. However, bad news for the rear passengers, only 90mm benefits the wheelbase, the rest goes to a very correct boot size of 231L (829L with the seats). That sounds a bit optimistic considering the power is downgraded by the optional JBL sound system subwoofer or included in the Air Limited, which includes a power canvas roof.

Curious architecture for a city car, especially when you decide to drive in the back. The narrow aisle does not allow a girl’s foot to pass normally, and you will need ballerina ankles to get into the seat. The rear windows are ajar according to the old compasses, but the situation is much better ahead.

We sit taller (5.5cm) but above all further, with 20mm of seat spacing and 45mm more shoulder room. This was made possible by a 13 cm increase in the width of the structure, which had its own small impact on the volume of the cabin, which increased by 16%. In terms of design, Toyota says the wheels are 40% of the body height, which is code for a premium crossover.

If the interior was not inferior to so widely hard plastic, it could be described as successful and even cheerful with contrasting color accents on doors, air vents and a 9-inch rectangular multimedia screen in an oval body. It’s pretty responsive and manages media and wired connectivity with or without Apple Car Play or Android Auto.

The driver of the Aygo X has many amenities that are usually seen in the upper echelons of power. Pedestrian detection day and night, traffic detection at intersections, emergency directional assistance, traffic sign reading, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keeping system and automatic high beams will go a long way. to receive a 5-star rating from Euro NCAP. .

AUTO POINT OPINION

What else to face the urban jungle with these bikes, scooters and disrespectful pedestrians, and even more so with the arrival of the car, is considered a non-priority. This Aygo X is a toy in the city, reminiscent of the lightness of the original Mini or the modern Fiat 500, clearly the main target. With a turning radius of 9.40 m, the Aygo X sneaks up unnoticed and makes turns on the spot. Seniors just wish the steering wheel also had a depth adjustment to match the seatback.

Available with a 5-speed manual transmission that clearly shows the enthusiasm of the small 3-cylinder engine at startup, the Toyota can also be equipped with an S-CVT continuously variable automatic transmission. Pleasant in the city, until you press the gas pedal, the CVT always starts skidding the moped after that. It’s up to you to adjust your right foot to avoid this inelegant ride.

On the road, Aygo X is sometimes slow and lazy. The small 3-cylinder 1.0 liter with its 93 Nm of torque cannot do miracles and makes noise. Therefore, it will be necessary to quickly go through the rhythm of traffic, little Toyota leaves his favorite job, the city. Because of this vocation, a CVT can be recommended, especially since it is practically not inferior to a mechanical one in terms of consumption. It remains to pay the bill for it, and it is still salty. If the range starts at €15,990 and the two trims, Dynamic and Design, increase in price by €1,000 each, then the €19,690 Collection version would have to be kept to accurately reflect this test.

MOST

– Original lines

– Rich equipment

– Economical engine

– Urban trend

SMALLER

– Rear access

– Renewals on the way

– High prices

– Plastic seals

Under the hood of Toyota Aygo X:

Engine: 3-cylinder petrol

Displacement: 998 cc3

Power: 72 HP at 6000 rpm.

Torque: 93 Nm at 4400 rpm

Drive: front wheels

Transmission: 5-speed or CVT automatic

Dimensions L x W x H: 3700 x 1740 x 1525 mm

Trunk: from 231 to 829 liters

0 to 100 km/h: 14.9 s / CVT 14.8 s

Speed: 158 km/h / CVT 151 km/h

Consumption: 4.8 -4.9 l / CVT 4.9-5.0 l

CO2: 108-110g/km (penalty) / 112-114g/km (no penalty)

Weight: 940 kg (13.05 kg/hp)

Price: from 15,990 euros / CVT from 17,990 euros to 22,990 euros.

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