Engine options, top speed, acceleration and refinement

Zero to 62mph in 16.7sec. This isn’t a road test from 1962. It’s one from 2022. When turbocharged competitors can crack 10.0sec and many ordinary cars will do it in under eight, that is unacceptably slow.

The claimed figure from Toyota is 14.9sec, and perhaps one-up, with more miles on the car to loosen up the engine and gearbox (our test car had only around 300 miles on the clock), it might get close to that. 

No one’s expecting the Aygo X to be a hot hatch, and there is something joyful about thrashing a small car with a three-pot and a tight manual gearbox. But the Aygo’s glacial performance feels like it’s from a different age.

However, that is still slower than most rivals, as is the in-gear performance. The Toyota Aygo X’s 30-70mph-in-fourth time of 29.2sec matches the old Aygo’s exactly, and is slower than the 1.2-litre Hyundai i10’s.

The 1.0-litre three-pot lacks torque low down and needs quite a lot of revs to get going without stalling. It doesn’t help that the clutch is rather vague and has a high biting point. 

After that, though, it pulls keenly to its 6500rpm redline with the signature three-cylinder growl and the Aygo X is able to maintain a 70mph motorway cruise without too much stress.

The gearbox may have harmed the Aygo X’s 0-62mph time with its notchy action and narrow gate that complicated the second-to-third shift, but in normal use on the road it’s actually a delight. 

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So long as you don’t try to rush the change, the short throw and mechanical feel take the edge off the lethargic performance. Keeping the 71bhp on the boil takes a lot of gearchanging, but at least that part is not a chore. Pedals that are perfectly sited for heel-and-toeing are a nice bonus.

It also helps that the gear ratios are evenly spaced and don’t leave a huge gap between second and third. Overall, though, the gearing could do with being a little shorter still to make the most of the meagre power.

Toyota does offer an automatic option, in the shape of a CVT. Opting for the two-pedal version is claimed to take 0.1sec off the 0-62mph time, but we would choose the added control of the manual over that marginal gain in performance.

It took the Aygo X a smidge longer to come to a stop than the i10, but stopping in 45.6m from 70mph is still a good result and ahead of most other rivals we have tested. On the road, the pedal is nicely progressive, too.