small urban crossover
High manufacturing costs and low profit margins forced manufacturers out of the small city car market. The Peugeot 108, Citroën C1 and renault twingo it will not be renewed. Other manufacturers are going 100% electric and some like it Toyotaresist with the Aygo X.
You have before your eyes the new city car of the Japanese brand that partially takes up the name of its predecessor with an X at the end. This “cross” indicates two things: that it became independent from its predecessor, which was the result of a joint program with PSA at that time, with the cousin Citroen C1 Y peugeot 108 and which is now considered by Toyota to be an “urban mini-crossover”. A way to stick to fashion and incidentally sell it more expensive.
Based on the latest severely shortened Yaris GA-B platform, it measures
3.70 m and is positioned as a competitor of the suzuki ignis. Toyota has worked a lot on the lines of its model and especially the rear that stands out for its wide hips and two-tone bodywork. Up front, the vertical grille, horizontal hood and C-shaped headlights are highlighted with bold colors like Chili Red.
The crossover touch is provided by the raw plastic wing extensions, the high ground clearance (+11 mm) and the tires with a large diameter for the category, up to 18 inches! Which means a lower level of comfort than with standard tires and higher prices when it comes to changing tires.
Inside, the Japanese combines simplicity and fantasy. The design is original, especially the central part of the dashboard that incorporates a large 9-inch multimedia screen equipped with Android/Carplay compatibility. It adds to a very rich endowment for the category that can include remotely controlled automatic air conditioning, JBL audio system with subwoofer, heated front seats, induction charger, etc. which partly justifies the higher prices than the competition (see page of the competition). The quality of the plastics is basic but it must be recognized that the finish is really correct compared to the competition.
To live too much, the Aygo is doing well with more space than before for the front passengers and a slight improvement in the rear seats. But don’t expect miracles, the Aygo is still a 3.70 m city car, so beyond 1.80 m space becomes limited. A place not recommended for claustrophobics, because here the windows are ajar and access on board is practically in Fosbury, since the opening of the rear doors is limited. It is essentially the trunk that benefits from increased measurements to offer a cargo volume (231 litres) sufficient to meet day-to-day needs. The 50/50 split and folding bench seat allows the latter to go up to 831 liters.