2022 Toyota Aygo X: the first media reviews

Aygo X reviews

The Toyota Aygo X is our new compact urban crossover – a vehicle designed and produced in Europe to meet the demands of urban and suburban life in Europe. Built on the foundations of the 2021 European Car of the Year, its unique take on the segment will create a fresh new look on the streets.

UK motoring journalists were recently invited to the European launch of this eagerly anticipated new model ahead of the first customer deliveries this spring. The vehicles they experienced in and around Barcelona, Spain, were production models in left-hand drive.

What did they think of our funky new city car? Below is a selection of excerpts from their first-drive Aygo X reviews, which include a numerical rating where applicable. To read the full online reports, click on the emboldened links.

2022 Toyota Aygo X reviews:

Autocar: 4/5

“The Aygo is a city car pure and simple, albeit with 2022’s must-have accessory of crossover-ish styling. As a result, you sit higher so urban traffic is easier to navigate. The view out is helped by the raked-back A-pillar, while the dashboard is dominated by the 9.0in touchscreen. The Aygo gets an impressive list of standard safety, covering everything from pre-collision system to intelligent adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam assist.

“If you need a simple runaround, this is definitely one of the better solutions”

“To drive, the Aygo X feels remarkably grown up. The steering is predictable and it’s an easy car to place on the road. You can feel the car’s lack of weight in the ride quality. There’s a beautiful simplicity to the way it absorbs urban potholes, despite coming on 18in alloys.

“Electrification is definitely the future, but there’s something appealing about such a simple package like the Aygo X. The purity of concept and lack of weight are refreshing in an era of ever more complex solutions.”

Aygo X reviews

Auto Express: 3.5/5

“Although the Aygo X is still officially a city car, it’s now 3.7 metres long, while ride height increases by 11mm as part of an SUV-inspired transformation, and the driver’s seating position is 55mm higher than before.

“The exterior redesign reflects what you’ll discover inside. The new Aygo X is wider than the [previous model], with a 90mm-longer wheelbase, yielding greater room up front. The dashboard has been totally refreshed, with a design centred around a new touchscreen.

“It’s a strong city car that’s fun around town, civilised to drive on open roads and arrives with game-changing interior and driver assistance tech”

“It’s a refined car… and it cruises at motorway pace quite happily. Combined with a light clutch pedal and steering, the Aygo X is an easy car to dart around town in. The enjoyable city dynamics are joined by a ride quality that feels as if it belongs to a car in the segment above, thanks to the taller ride height and the more mature platform inherited from the Yaris.”

Auto Trader: 3.5/5

“The Toyota Aygo X is a much more substantial looking city car than its predecessor, and the interior quality is a big step forward, too. You… get a good level of standard convenience and safety kit. Items such as adaptive cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera and smartphone mirroring with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay feature on the base model.

“The larger displays offer wireless phone connectivity, which opens up the use of your favourite apps”

“The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine suits the car well. The five-speed manual gearbox is good to use and is sufficiently geared to cope with motorway driving at higher speeds without making the car feel strained. Its power output of 72 horsepower is helped by the car’s low weight. Being relatively light means it feels quick off the mark, and it doesn’t take long to get up to city speeds.

“Having large wheels helps it feel more stable at higher speeds and in corners it remains settled and seems surefooted. The suspension does a good job at soaking up bumps without affecting handling, making it drive more like a larger and more refined car on all road surfaces.”

Toyota Aygo X reviews:

Express & Star

“The Aygo X is a delightful little thing to run around town. There’s a raised driving position that gives a good view of the road ahead, while the lifted suspension does a great job of ironing out potholes and speed bumps, leading to a comfortable ride. The steering is also well-weighted, avoiding the overly light feeling cars in this segment often provide.

“There’s a lot to like about the Toyota Aygo X. It looks great from the outside and has a decently spacious interior for the segment, while the driving experience – particularly around town – is enjoyable and comfortable. [It] does a fantastic job of offering something a little bit different in the city car segment, and moves the game on a good chunk from the old Aygo.”

Parkers: 3.5/5

“The Toyota Aygo X is a great-looking vehicle with loads of plus points. It’s a city car with the Goldilocks factor—not too big, nor too small. The redesigned nose brings it in line with the Toyota range, without losing that iconic Aygo lineage. [It is] spacious with a generous safety spec and an elegant infotainment interface that won’t date quickly.

“The interior comfort, low running costs and compact turning radius rouses the fun factor. Meanwhile, Toyota’s reputation for reliability, maintaining residual costs and extendable warranty all factor into the Aygo X’s appeal.”

Learn more: Answering your questions about the new Aygo X

16 comments

  1. 3 out of 5 isn’t great is it? That 1.0 engine is underpowered by modern standards and is hard work in reality as you have to constantly be in the right gear to get anywhere. This isn’t a cheap car either.

    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Aygo X has been optimised for driving in urban environments meaning the performance focus is on the lower gears, which are most important for this type of driving.
      Furthermore, the cash price starts at £14,795 for the Pure model, but you get a lot of equipment as standard!
      It is built on the new TNGA platform, has 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, air conditioning, multimedia system with seven-inch touchscreen, power front windows and leather steering wheel trim.
      The Aygo X also has Toyota Safety Sense features, including a Pre-Collision System, full-range Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, Lane Trace Assist and Automatic High Beam.
      Want something small, but a bit quicker? The Yaris Hybrid might be the car for you.
      Thanks.

    2. 3 out of 5 for CAR and Top Gear is based upon reviews they do for other cars. If you review it yourself for the impressive things included, new design enhancements, price and Toyota’s impressive quality reviews it would be 4 or more over 5. If you need a lot of room, a fast car or more starting power than this is not the car for you. Otherwise is appears to be a great one.

  2. Has the price increased, previously the Pure was 14,795 but now I notice it is 14,805?
    Also I just spoke with Steven Eagell Letchworth who said Aygo X accessories are now on the Toyota website, I just checked and can’t see them anywhere. I explained I couldn’t find them and the sales person was adamant accessories are now available to view. Please could you advise where on the website they are now?

    1. Hi Victor, thanks for your comment.

      That is correct, there was a very slight price increase to our whole range back in February 2022. As for the accessories, we are not aware of them being available on the website at the moment although this has also recently had a refresh. Is there a particular accessory that you would like further information on?

      Thanks,

      Toyota UK

      1. Hello,

        15% for the chilli red paint already seems a large increase to me.

        Re the accessories it is the black plastic door side mouldings I’ve seen available on the Toyota Germany website I’d like please. I see they are 99 euros supplied and fitted. They even say Aygo X in the rear door moulding.

  3. I have my order in and was looking at delivery in mid April but was informed by the dealer that delivery has gone back to June now which is disappointing and May fall back further

    1. Hi Richard, thanks for your comment.

      We’re sorry to hear that your order has been pushed back. We are fighting against various shortages within the industry at the moment but are working to fulfil orders as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience in the meantime.

      Thanks,

      Toyota UK

      1. Placed my order and now looking for durable waterproof front seat covers ahead of delivery. Would like to find a genuine Toyota accessory. If and when will these be available.

      2. Hi,
        Thank you for your order.
        More information on accessories should be available soon.
        Thanks.

  4. All of the EU limited edition Aygo X models seem to have the JBL music system in them, and yet in the UK we don’t seem to be getting this? Is there a reason for this?

    1. Hi Jonathan,
      JBL sound system is available as an optional extra on the Exclusive Grade if you would like it.
      The Canvas Roof and Cardamom Green paint are also available as options on this grade.
      Thanks.

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