Sure, this might sound a little old-school to some, especially for those who would consider going electric, but electric city cars are significantly more expensive to buy. That a basic Fiat 500 Electric costs north of £20,000 makes the Aygo X’s entry-level price of £14,795 much more palatable.
You may not get the snappy 0-30mph acceleration from the Aygo X, but there’s enough to keep up with everyone else. Performance above 30mph is leisurely at best, and with maximum torque arriving at a peaky 4400rpm, you do have to work the five-speed manual gearbox more frequently than you would with a turbocharged engine, but there’s an element of fun in doing so. The ability to keep your right foot pinned to the floor for an elongated amount of time is a real novelty these days.
Alternatively, you could opt for the CVT automatic, and the proportion of buyers choosing one is expected to be higher than ever. Those looking to give their left leg a break in heavy traffic will be tempted by it, but it feels a little out of its depth once you leave the city streets. Start pressing on or encounter a steep incline and the revs rise and fall as it struggles to decide how much power you need.
The noise from the thrummy engine never becomes raucous, but the drawn-out meandering tone isn’t a pleasant companion.
At least it encourages you to drive gently, which would further save fuel. You could slot the lever into manual mode or pull the steering-wheel-mounted paddles, but the response isn’t particularly sharp either, so you need to plan ahead.
If you strictly drive in the city, the CVT makes sense, but the manual works better everywhere else. In fact, the stop-start system with the manual is quieter and smoother when crawling through congested roads, while the clutch pedal is light and the shift action is pretty precise.
The Aygo X is otherwise fun to drive, whether you’re in a city or not.
The ride is a little on the firm side but surprisingly pliant. Considering Toyota’s smallest offering comes fitted with wheels the same size as on the GR Supra 2.0 Pro (18in), it doesn’t thump about too much.