With the Aygo X Air Edition, you’re essentially paying £470 for a canvas roof, and when the warmer weather rolls around it may seem like a more worthwhile investment. It certainly does not depart from a charming thing, if not a slightly dated city car.
When we first sampled the new Aygo X, it was in the top of the range ‘Exclusive’ trim but now there’s a new range-topper in the form of the Air Edition.
It’s based on the Exclusive but comes with a folding fabric roof so now Toyota’s smallest convertible can go toe-to-toe with the Fiat 500C and not much else.
It’s no secret that city cars are in decline here in the UK as manufacturers struggle to turn a profit from the segment. Replacing a decade old Volkswagen! Seems unlikely and there is no replacement for the previous Aygo’s Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 siblings.
A convertible Aygo isn’t new ground for Toyota, with the old Aygo offering a soft-top X-Wave variant, so clearly the Japanese brand thinks it needs to have sales in the niche convertible city car segment.
We tested the new Aygo X Air Edition in less-than-ideal conditions, just as an arctic blast hit the UK. Still, if you order one now you can expect delivery from spring 2023 – just in time for the convertible season.
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The Aygo X (pronounced Aygo Cross) sits a little higher than the typical city car, thanks to a new platform shared with the larger Yaris. It’s also slightly longer than the old Aygo but still well within city car remit.
Certain design details, such as the massive wheelarch trim, a two-tone paint finish designed to make the Aygo X look sleeker, and the raised ride height all contribute to the new mini-SUV style. When you compare the Aygo X with older cars on the road, the more recent arrival definitely has more presence.
Every Aygo X gets the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine, mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. This engine puts out a fairly weedy 71bhp and 93Nm of torque, but when you consider the Aygo X’s 995kg curb weight (the Air version adds 50kg) it feels a bit more appropriate.
The powertrain is fairly refined and there’s a typical three-cylinder thrum during normal driving but if you push the Aygo X hard (which is necessary if you’re climbing a hill or joining a motorway) the sound roars up to maximum power. at 6,000 rpm.
The Aygo X’s gearing is long, reaching speeds of 60mph in seconds so you can spin for longer than initially expected. Once you get up to motorway speeds it settles down a bit. The manual gearshift itself is a delight, even if the clutch pedal is quite high; There are genuine performance cars that offer less engaging transfers than the Aygo X. seriously
Since the Aygo X Air Edition has that canvas roof, more exterior noise is transmitted into the cabin. Initially you may think you left a window open or a door closed, but after a while you get used to it. Once the roof is rolled up electronically (it takes just under 10 seconds) you won’t notice much buffeting, although the two front air vents were pretty pointless trying to keep the cabin warm on a frigid December day.
Based on the Exclusive model, the Air Edition uses 18-inch alloy wheels, which contribute some jiggle to the ride, but the Aygo X is never uncomfortable; It’s so light, if anything, it often avoids road imperfections.
The interior doesn’t seem too far removed from the old car. The door cards and dash still have body-colored plastic, but the Aygo X looks a little more airy inside. The rear seats are only suitable for children and small adults.
Despite being the lowest model in Toyota’s range, the Aygo X Air Edition still feels well put together; There may be some scratchy plastics and cheap-feeling trim, but nothing that rattles when you’re on the move.
The Air Edition replaces the Exclusive-based Limited Edition, which also has heated front seats. Unfortunately, we found that the Air version doesn’t offer that feature, but you still get an eight-inch touchscreen (which is extremely easy to use, if a little dated in style), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a reversing camera, automatic wipers and A USB port.
There is also a suite of safety systems including steering assist, adaptive cruise control, lane assist and road-sign assist. Pre-collision warning is somewhat intrusive, sometimes increasing the alert on vehicles parked on the side of the road.
|Model:||Toyota Aygo X Air Edition|
|Infection:||Five speed manual|
|Top speed:||98 mph|