What is it?
The 2014 reimagining of the Toyota Aygo city car was certainly a brave one. Out went the staid-looking original and in came the funky second-generation car, with its divisive front-end sporting a large plastic ‘X’ shape extruding from the main body. ‘Go Fun Yourself’, Toyota proclaimed.
This is the new, range-topping Aygo X-clusiv model, which comes with a roll-back canvas roof plus almost every other bit of kit as standard bar the optional £400 sat-nav. Driven here is a five-door example with a manual gearbox and that optional sat-nav, so it comes with a hefty £14,045 price. For a range that starts from as little as £8495, this new, high-spec trim will need to do a fair bit to justify its cost. For the record, there is another Aygo with a canvas roof: the mid-spec X-pression X-Wave, which costs from £12,790.
The Aygo shares its underpinnings with the Citroën C1 and Peugeot 108, which are both praiseworthy city cars in their own right. Then there's the oh-so stylish Fiat 500C convertible, the entry-level version of which is almost identically priced to this Aygo X-clusiv.