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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

Developing an all-new city car in 2022 is clearly a precarious financial balancing act. How much can city car manufacturers whittle away at expensive luxury features before customers get upset, and how much can they reasonably charge?

The most basic Pure version of the Toyota Aygo X is very well equipped, making it rather expensive at £14,805. But then none of its rivals are particularly cheap any more. A basic Volkswagen Up, Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto are all slightly cheaper but they lack some of the Toyota’s equipment. A Dacia Sandero is cheaper still, though, and is a much more versatile machine.

It’s when you start adding options that things can get out of hand. Edge trim costs £16,505 without offering dramatically more equipment.Our Limited Edition car, with its heated seats, LED lights, wireless charging and more, comes in at a whopping £19,650 – or £20,750 if you go for the CVT automatic. PCP finance starts at around £150 per month for a base Aygo X with a £3000 deposit.

Aside from being cheap to buy, a small car, you’d expect, should be cheap to run. Fuel consumption is certainly nothing to worry about here. Most hybrids and plug-in hybrids will struggle to better the 58.2mpg we got over a week with the Aygo X. Toyota also has an outstanding reputation for reliability, and the old Aygo was no exception to that.

CAP doesn’t have figures for the running costs yet, but we are slightly concerned about how much attention has been paid to this in the Aygo X’s design. For instance, those 18in wheels may look sharp, but the tyres are an unusual size.  We found only three options for 175/60 R18 tyres, with the cheapest costing £120 a corner, excluding fitting. That’s not an unusual price for 18in tyres, but Aygo owners might still baulk at it.

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