A stiffer platform made the outgoing Toyota Aygo more reassuring to drive than the original, and with its modified Toyota Yaris underpinnings, the Toyota Aygo X continues that trend. 

If you’re after a truly engaging chassis, you would still do well to look elsewhere (preferably at the class above), but the Aygo X possesses enough poise and composure to make the most of the very modest performance.

It may have got heavier, but 974kg is still hardly obese, and this shows in the way the little Toyota goes down the road. That sort of mass doesn’t ask much of the 175-section tyres, so in the dry at least, grip is never an issue. 

That said, getting up to the sort of speed that might challenge the chassis is an achievement in itself, and the stability control will intervene if there is even just a slight risk of things getting exciting.

The systems will limit power before any understeer occurs and any hint of lift-off oversteer is decisively nipped in the bud. It’s all done smoothly and nearly undetectably, which is quite appropriate for a city car.

The steering doesn’t provide much intel about what the front wheels are doing and is typically light but feels usefully consistent. Importantly in a city car, the turning circle is tiny, at 9.4m, so parking it is still a doddle. Just watch out for kerbs with those black 18in alloy wheels.

For a small car, the Aygo X has impressively grown-up road behaviour. One area where you do notice its budget-oriented make-up is on uneven roads. 

Back to top

The chassis deals with simple vertical inputs well enough, but one wheel catching a roadside dip can elicit a shimmy from the rear axle that you certainly wouldn’t find in anything with independent rear suspension, but it is also better controlled in most superminis.

Comfort and isolation

Comfort, especially for taller drivers and on long journeys, isn’t usually the strength of A-segment cars. They are called city cars for a reason. However, it’s here that the Aygo X makes the greatest strides.

Becoming slightly taller has greatly benefited the Aygo’s driving position. With more head and leg room, and ample adjustment in the steering column, it’s easier to relax behind the wheel.

The seats themselves contribute to that, too. Even on the cheapest version, they are height adjustable. There is no adjustment for the lumbar support, but none of the testers found that to be a problem. The seat base is also relatively long and angled upwards more steeply than in most cars, which provides good thigh support to taller drivers.

Acoustic refinement is on a par with other small cars, with a constant but perfectly acceptable level of road noise, and a bit of wind whistle around the B-pillar. Our test car was fitted with the canvas sunroof, and despite sealing fairly tightly, it lets through some ambient noise, so we suspect that at speed, an Aygo X with a solid roof could be one or two decibels quieter.

Those 18in wheels look like they could be disastrous for the ride comfort but once again serve to illustrate the positive knock-on effects of a light kerb weight. Controlling less than a tonne of mass doesn’t require particularly stiff springs and dampers, so the Aygo rides relatively comfortably. 

Assisted driving notes

Toyota makes a point of fitting its whole arsenal of active safety features to all its passenger cars, including the cheapest ones. Depending on how you look at it, it’s a noble gesture or something to needlessly inflate the price of what is supposed to be a cheap car.

Back to top

This means automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection (cyclists only during daylight hours), lane keeping assistance and activelane following, and adaptive cruise control are all present and correct. Blindspot monitoring is a surprising omission, though.

The lane following can ping-pong a little within the lane, but it’s easily turned on and off using the dedicated steering-wheel button. The lane keeping assistance can be slightly bothersome on country roads but is also very easily disabled. The adaptive cruise control works well, too, as it has the ability to adopt speed limits and you can set it to plain cruise control if you wish.