Toy­ota Aygo x-clu­sive 1.0L

Macclesfield Express - - MO­TOR­ING -

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

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