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.
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.