I’ve driven the new Toyota Aygo X and it’s fun up front

Exam season is here again.

We all know that sinking feeling when you realize you missed the last page of a GCSE math paper you thought you passed with flying colors.

It's a car in two halves. Toyota gets an A* for all the work it's done up front, but when it comes to the back half of the car it's a D-

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It’s a car in two halves. Toyota gets an A* for all the work it’s done up front, but when it comes to the back half of the car it’s a D-Credit: Delivered
Bigger infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, loads of safety tech, nice driving position, X-pattern seats

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Bigger infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, loads of safety tech, nice driving position, X-pattern seatsCredit: Delivered

I remember looking out the window while everyone else still had their heads down, only to be told later by a buddy that there were 15 questions, not 12.

The reason I mention it is because it reminded me of that awful feeling of driving the Toyota Aygo X. It’s a car in two halves. Toyota gets an A* for all the work it has done up front.

Bigger infotainment screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, loads of safety tech, nice driving position, X-pattern seats. And it looks cool from the outside too.

But when it comes to the back half of the car, it’s a D-.

It’s like Toyota skipped the last page of revision notes on what makes a great little car.

let me explain.

The back seat is cheap and a little nasty. no shape No fancy pattern. zero love.

The tailgate is still a glass pane. The trunk is smaller than a mouse’s backpack, the parcel shelf as poor as a stick-on sun visor for children.

No wonder there are no USBs in the cheap seats either. And no door pockets. Which is a shame, because Toyota has gotten everything else right – and should be commended for sticking with affordable small cars when many rivals are leaving.

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The ax has already fallen on the Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, Ford Ka, Vauxhall Adam, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo.

The Audi A1 will not be replaced and even Britain’s best-selling car of all time, the Ford Fiesta, will be phased out.

Toyota keeps things simple with the Aygo X by offering just a single 1-litre engine (72hp, no turbo, no hybrid) with a choice of five-speed manual or automatic across all four trim levels.

It’s a fun little thing to rush, makes good numbers – we’ve got 48mpg – and you can trust Toyota for bombproof reliability.

At just 3.7m long, you can park it anywhere. You wouldn’t want to do airport runs in one, but for pinball in your neighborhood it’s a good piece of gear.

For those who sat in front, that is. Now here’s the catch.

Prices start at £14,805 for the Aygo X Pure – £153 a month for financing – and the kit list doesn’t disappoint.

Adaptive cruise control, rear camera, hill start assist, automatic headlights, Apple CarPlay and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard.

The exclusive £17,725 (£195 per month) we tested unlocks the larger 9-inch touchscreen, mobile phone charging, LED lights, privacy glass, 18-inch alloys and a two-tone paint finish.

It's fun to rush, makes good numbers - we've got 48mpg - and you can trust Toyota for bombproof reliability

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It’s fun to rush, makes good numbers – we’ve got 48mpg – and you can trust Toyota for bombproof reliabilityCredit: Delivered
The back seat is cheap and a little nasty. no shape No fancy pattern. zero love

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The back seat is cheap and a little nasty. no shape No fancy pattern. zero loveCredit: Delivered
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You can also specify a retractable canvas roof and a fancy JBL sound system.

Is it worth the extra tenner per week? I’ll let you do the math.

KEY FACTS: TOYOTA AYGO X EXCLUSIVE

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  • Price: £17,725
  • engine: 1 liter 3 cylinder petrol
  • perfomance: 72 hp
  • 0-62mph: 15.6 sec
  • top speed: 98mph
  • Business: 56mpg
  • CO2: 110g/km
  • out of: Now

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8798102/toyota-aygo-x-exclusive-review-fun-drive/ I’ve driven the new Toyota Aygo X and it’s fun up front

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