Toyota Aygo X review

Category: Small car

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The Toyota Aygo X uses a 71bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that’s free from any turbocharging or hybrid electrical assistance.

There’s enough pep to keep up with everyone else at town speeds, but the pace is best described as leisurely – you have to work the five-speed manual gearbox and change down to a lower gear frequently to maintain momentum. There’s an element of fun in doing that, though, especially as the clutch pedal is light and the gear shift action is pretty precise.

On a more positive note, a tight turning circle makes low-speed manoeuvres a doddle, and while the ride is a little on the firm side, it’s surprisingly supple, even with the 18in wheels we tried on roads in mainland Europe. Even over rougher sections of road the Aygo X felt surprisingly settled, retaining its composure over sudden undulations. 

That slightly firm suspension set-up also means the Aygo X handles neatly, resisting body lean in the bends. And, while the steering response could be sharper, there’s enough weighting to help you place the car accurately on the road.

The noise from the engine is never loud or harsh, but the meandering tone when accelerating in models equipped with the CVT gearbox can grow tiresome after a while. In some ways, this encourages you to drive in a more gentle – and fuel-efficient – manner, but we found the manual gearbox to make for quieter, smoother progress when crawling along congested roads.

You will, though, feel engine vibrations through the seat and floor when the engine is idling or working hard. And while road noise is kept well in check, wind noise grows markedly at motorway speeds, particularly from around the door mirrors. You’ll also notice a little more noise from the outside world if the fabric roof is fitted (even when it's closed), but this won’t prove bothersome around town.

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