Toyota Aygo x-clusive 1.0L
IT’S an odd experience when you think you have got into the wrong motor – which was what happened with this week’s cheeky little test car.
I only recently tried out Peugeot’s fun 108 – so imagine my confusion when I got behind the wheel of the Toyota Aygo x-clusive 1.0L and it was virtually identical inside.
That’s because, I now discover, the car was jointly developed alongside the new Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 – but, what adds to the confusion, is the fact the latter has quite different (a bit more subdued) external styling so looks somewhat dissimilar on the outside.
The new Aygo (only launched in August) is definitely a bit more bonkers – looking like an angry ninja with its big, bold and aggressive ‘X’ face. All are powered by the same three-cylinder engines (1.0-litre and 1.2) and employ the same lightweight build.
But Toyota has tried to give the Aygo even greater youth appeal with a funky design, a range of personalisation packages and smartphoneoptimised infotainment system.
The Toyota Aygo 1.0-litre still uses its predecessor’s 68bhp, 998cc threecylinder engine which gives a 14.3 second 0-62 time (top speed 99mph).
However, as you would expect from such a tiny power plant, fuel economy is good with 65.7mpg claimed overall and 78.5 extra urban.
Standard kit features smart, black 15in alloy wheels, rear view camera, hill start assist, tyre pressure monitor, air-con, cruise control, DAB radio and Bluetooth, plus that x-touch multimedia system.
Our test car boasted a few extras (which took the price over £13,000 – a lot for a city car) the best of which were impressive front leather ‘Premium’ sports seats (£995) which would not have looked out of place in a Porsche.
●● The new Aygo x-clusive