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By Car & Driving
If you want a citycar with attitude, then Toyota's Aygo should already be high on your list. This top x-cite variant though, takes things up a notch. The experts at Car & Driving check it out
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If you've £12,500 to £13,500 to spend on a citycar and want it to stand out, then this Toyota Aygo x-cite model might well appeal. Its bright bi-tone yellow paint makes it stand out - and there are all the other usual Aygo virtues too.
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Toyota goes to extraordinary lengths to give its customers what they want. The company's global success is founded on customer clinics and buying feedback the world over. So when this Japanese brand says it knows what younger budget buyers want, it's worth taking notice. And what they're currently looking for, it seems, is something like this, the Aygo x-cite. The idea here is to make an already quite visually arresting ca stand out further. So x-cite buyers get a smart bi-tone yellow paint job, special wheels and various other matching elements. As a result, buyers can be pretty sure that no one else down their street is going to have an Aygo that's quite the same. There's nothing different beneath the bonnet of course. Like all Aygos, this one gets a frugal revvy little 1.0-litre petrol engine. Let's check it out.
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The engine is still the same 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol unit but Toyota claims to have given it better torque delivery at low speeds - and its output is slightly up to 71bhp. Cabin refinement has been improved too. Acceleration from rest to 62mph can be accomplished in 13.8 seconds, and top speed is 100mph. Otherwise, it's as you were. This car is supposed to be 'fun to drive'. But just how much 'fun' is it really possible to have in a car with just 71 braked horses beneath its bonnet? Actually, a surprising amount. For a start, the 998cc petrol unit sounds playful, its normally aspirated note filling the cabin with a characterful three cylinder thrum. True, the long first and second gear ratios mean you'll have to rev it quite hard for meaningful progress but there's plenty of performance for town trips. You can get a self-shifting 'x-shift' gearbox as an option (we hesitate to call it an 'automatic'). Actually, it's what the engineers call an 'automated manual' gearbox that can be used in fully automatic mode, or with manual gear selection using paddle shifts or the shift lever itself. Could you comfortably venture further afield in this car? Potentially yes. Both wind and road noise have been more effectively suppressed at typical A-road speeds to make that more possible and you certainly notice the difference on the motorway. There doesn't though, seem to have been much effort put into isolating the engine note. If anything, that's been emphasised as Toyota believes it contributes to this car's whole 'fun' ethos.
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