We’ve All Been There: That sinking feeling when you realize you’ve missed the last page of the GCSE math paper you thought you were going to win.
I remember looking out the window while everyone else was still holding their head down, only to be told by a friend of mine later that there were 15 questions, not 12.
The reason I talk about it is because I remembered that terrible feeling of driving a Toyota Aygo X. It’s a car with two halves. Toyota received an A* rating for all the work it did in advance.
A bigger infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, plenty of safety tech, a nice driving position, and X-style seats. And it looks great from the outside too.
But when it comes to the rear half of the car, it’s a D-.
It’s as if Toyota skipped the last page of review notes on what makes a great little car.
Allow me to explain.
The back seat is cheap and a bit bad. no shape. There is no fancy pattern. Zero love.
The back door is still a glass panel. The shoe is smaller than a mouse backpack, and the parcel shelf is as flimsy as a children’s sun curtain.
No wonder, there are no USB devices in the cheap seats either. No door pockets. It’s a shame Toyota has everything else in order – and sticking with affordable compact cars should be commended when many competitors shy away.
The ax has already fallen on the Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, Ford Ka, Vauxhall Adam, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo.
The Audi A1 will not be replaced and even Britain’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, will be phased out.
Toyota keeps things simple with the Aygo X by offering only one 1-liter engine (72 hp, non-turbo, non-hybrid) with a choice of five-speed manual or automatic, on all four trim levels.
It’s fun to wrestle, doing good numbers — we have 48 mpg — and you can trust Toyota for its bomb-resistant reliability.
Only 3.7 meters long, you can park it anywhere. You won’t want to do the airport tours in one, but for a feel of your local area, this is a good combination.
For those who sat in the front, this is it. Now here’s the problem.
Pricing starts at £14,805 for the Aygo X Pure – £153 a month to fund – and the list of tools doesn’t disappoint.
Adaptive cruise control, a reversing camera, hill-start assist, automatic headlights, Apple CarPlay and 17-inch alloys are all standard.
The £17,725 exclusive we tested (£195 a month) unlocks a 9″ touchscreen, wireless phone charging, LED lights, privacy glass, 18″ alloys and a two-tone paint job.
You can also select a retractable fabric roof and a luxurious JBL sound system.
Is it worth the extra pay per week? I’ll let you do the math.
Key Facts: TOYOTA AYGO X EXCLUSIVE
- price: 17,725 pounds sterling
- engine: 1 liter of gasoline 3 cylinders
- Energy: 72hp
- 0-62 mph: 15.6 seconds
- maximum speed: 98 mph
- Economie: 56mpg
- CO2: 110 g/km
- Outside: right Now