New 2022 Toyota Aygo X: prices, specs and release date
The Aygo city car is due to be replaced by the new Toyota Aygo X, a small crossover due on sale in December
- Aygo grows in size to become the first crossover city car
- Optional canvas soft-top
- On sale 1 December
This is the new Toyota Aygo X (pronounced ‘cross’), which represents the transformation of the regular Aygo city car into a small crossover. Toyota has revealed that the car will have a starting price of £14,795 and will be available to order from 1 December. First deliveries are to take place in spring 2022.
Unlike the outgoing Aygo hatchback, which spawned the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, the new Aygo X will be an exclusive standalone model for the Japanese brand. The Aygo X has been developed exclusively for the European market and caters to current demand for small SUVs and crossovers.
2022 Toyota Aygo X: UK prices and specs
Aygo X buyers will be able to choose from three core trim levels, plus a Limited Edition model. Pure is the entry-level model but still comes with alloy wheels, automatic headlights, air conditioning, adaptive cruise control and a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Standard safety features include automatic high-beam assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, road sign assist and lane-keeping technology.
The Edge model has bigger wheels, auto wipers, a slightly larger touchscreen, rear privacy glass and a two-tone metallic paint colour scheme. Top-spec Exclusive features wireless phone charging, LED headlights, keyless entry and start and an even bigger screen with online sat nav. Both these models can be chosen with a canvas roof.
The Aygo Limited Edition gets a green paint shade with orange detailing, plus black alloys, the canvas roof as standard and heated part-leather seats.
Prices start at £14,795 for the Pure, £16,495 for the mid-range Edge and £17,715 for the Exclusive. Limited Edition models start at £19,640 and you can opt for an automatic gearbox with any model for £1,100. We’d recommend sticking to the lower trim levels, as they provide the best value for money.
The Aygo X nameplate was revealed earlier in the year with a teaser image showing a rear light and badging of the new model. The design of the car draws heavily from the Toyota Aygo X Prologue concept car. Sharp angles and creases in the bodywork are reminiscent of the previous Aygo hatchback, while a new signature curved rear light design and two-tone bodywork give it a modern look.
Toyota has introduced a range of bright paint colours, named after a collection of different spices. There will be plenty of ways to customise your car with a host of contrasting exterior trim pieces and the return of the popular electronically retractable canvas roof. A range of new alloy wheel designs of up to 18 inches will also be available.
Platform, dimensions and interior
The Aygo X sits on the same platform as the Toyota Yaris. It’s also 235mm longer and 125mm wider than the outgoing Aygo, so should prove to be more practical.
Toyota insists that only 5% of Aygo owners frequently make use of the back seats, so the Japanese brand has focused on increasing the size of the boot for the Aygo X. The new car boasts a capacity of 231 litres, which is 60 litres more than the outgoing Aygo.
To keep costs down, there won’t be a fully electric version of the Aygo X. At launch there will only be one choice of powertrain available: a 71bhp petrol engine. Offered with a choice of a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox, the former will be able to manage up to 60mpg.
What does it mean for car buyers?
Several manufacturers have withdrawn their city cars from sale in recent years but the Aygo X shows Toyota firmly believes there is a demand for cars of this size and price. By transforming the ageing Aygo hatchback into a compact SUV-style crossover, the brand is attempting to make the Aygo more fashionable and broaden its appeal. Building a car of this size with everything buyers want and expect from a new car at an affordable price is increasingly difficult. That does, however, mean that the Aygo X could be one of very few cars on the market to suit you if it’s the kind of car you’re looking for.
Top 10 best first cars 2021
Best car tyres to buy 2021
Hybrid vs plug-in hybrid vs electric cars
All-new 2022 Kia Sportage: UK prices and specs revealed