Toy­ota Aygo pops its top

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - MO­TOR­ING STAFF

TOY­OTA South Africa has catered to fans of open-air driv­ing on a bud­get with a new fold­ing soft top ver­sion of its small­est car, the Aygo.

The big deal about the new Aygo X-Cite is that it has a fold­ing can­vas roof ex­tend­ing from just above the wind­shield all the way to the rear spoiler - the first of this type we’ve seen since the launch of the Citroen DS3 Cabri­o­let five years ago. It’s com­pletely man­ual in op­er­a­tion and, as such, should add no more than a kilo or two to the car’s weight.

The X-Cite also comes with a num­ber of fea­tures not found on its tin­top sib­lings, in­clud­ing sta­bil­ity con­trol, hill hold, LED day­time run­ning lights, a fancy au­dio dis­play with a colour touch­screen in place of the stan­dard liq­uid-crys­tal disply, side cur­tain airbags, and 15” al­loys shod with 165/60 ra­di­als in place of the usual 14” steel rims. This how­ever means that in place of the stan­dard space-saver spare, the X-Cite has to make do with a re­pair kit.

Me­chan­i­cally the cabrio is iden­ti­cal to its con­ven­tional sib­lings, with a 998cc petrol three rated at 51kW and 95Nm turn­ing the front wheels via a five-speed man­ual ‘box, for the same quoted per­for­mance fig­ures of 14.2 sec­onds to 100km/h and 160km/h flat out.

The can­vas roof and ex­tra kit will, how­ever, cost you R28 000 more than the higher-specced of the two tin­top Aygo hatch­back vari­ants, for a to­tal of R189 500.

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