At first glance, the Toyota Aygo X looks similar to the old one. The design language isn’t radically different, retaining the bold, playful shapes, low-set front grille, full-height rear lights and glass tailgate.
However, it’s actually a very different car. As the Aygo no longer needs to share its underpinnings with cars from other manufacturers, everything has been brought in-house and the Aygo X now rides on a modified version of the Toyota Yaris’s TNGA-B platform.
Broadly speaking, the suspension layout stays the same, with the customary MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear, but the newer tech ought to inject some more control and refinement into the chassis.
The most noticeable change, however, is that the Aygo X is a much bigger car than before. At 3700mm, it’s 235mm longer than the old Aygo, and it’s 125mm wider. As with most new hatchbacks, you always get five doors, even though the rear doors are almost comically small.
Does it qualify as an SUV or crossover? Well, at 1525mm tall, it’s still certainly no Bentley Bentayga, but the added width and the 17in or, on most versions, 18in wheels do give it a more confident stance than most city cars.
From the side at least. The alloys are just five inches wide, giving the car from the back a somewhat spindly look reminiscent of some agricultural spraying machines.
Bigger dimensions mean a bigger kerb weight, and on Millbrook’s scales our fully loaded Limited Edition test car came in at 974kg, 84kg more than the Aygo we weighed in 2014. Still, it’s a touch lighter than a Hyundai Hyundai i10, so Toyota has done well at minimising the weight gain.