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New Toyota Aygo X-Wave Review

City car with folding fabric roof

This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Distinctive styling
  • Folding fabric roof
  • Noisy on the motorway
  • Cramped in the back
  • Lacks winding rear windows

£12,955 - £15,530 Price range

4 Seats

67 - 68 MPG


With its folding-fabric roof, the Toyota Aygo X-Wave would be relatively unique to the city car class were it not a re-badged version of the Peugeot 108 TOP and Citroen C1 Airscape.

Its still a big selling point for the Toyota, giving it a near-unique selling point in a crowded class that includes accomplished rivals such as the Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii.

Small dimensions mean the Aygo is at its best in the city, where its superb for darting through traffic and easy to park. The X-Wave convertible is available with just one engine – a 1.0-litre petrol that is nippy and cheap to run.

Choosing the X-Wave over the standard hardtop Aygo means going for a five-door model, but that has obvious benefits in terms of practicality. And opening the roof does wonders for a cabin that can seem a little claustrophobic, especially in the back.

X-Wave models can only be had in X-Pression trim – coming with air-conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable door mirrors and an infotainment system complete with DAB radio and a Bluetooth phone connection. Buyers can choose from a number of different packs to customise the looks and specification of their car.

Funky styling is key to the X-Wave’s interior design and there’s lots of body coloured trim that lifts the overall look. The dashboard binnacle is dominated by a huge speedometer and a digital rev counter, while shiny black plastic trim surrounds the controls on the centre console and the passenger side of the dashboard. What’s missing is the solid feel you get in rivals such as the Volkswagen up.

X-Wave models come fitted as standard with Toyota’s seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that does a lot to make the interior feel more high-tech and adds useful features such as DAB digital radio and Bluetooth. Also handy is the model’s rear-view camera that makes it exceptionally easy to reverse park.

Toyota Aygo X-Wave passenger space

Getting comfortable behind the wheel of the X-Wave shouldn’t be a problem. It comes as standard with height adjustment for both the driver’s seat and the steering wheel. Visibility is also pretty decent thanks to the car’s upright shape and small dimensions that make it very easy to slot in and out of tight space.

Space isn’t so generous in the rear of the car, where both leg and elbowroom is noticeably tighter than in the Volkswagen Up. The hemmed-in feel isn’t helped by the car’s rear windows that pop out rather than winding down, limiting the amount of fresh air you can get into the car.

That’s less of a problem in the X-Wave model thanks to its full-length folding fabric roof. With it fully opened the interior, unsurprisingly, feels light and airy getting very close to the experience provided by a full-blown convertible.

Toyota Aygo X-Wave boot space

With a roof that only folds back to the top of the C-pillar, the X-Wave’s 197-litre boot is the same size as the standard model’s, falling some way behind the 251-litre boot you get in the Volkswagen Up. Put the rear seats down in the Toyota and luggage capacity rises to 780 litres.

Town is where the X-Wave belongs and there its willing little engine makes it feel zippy, while the dinky dimensions make it incredibly easy to negotiate traffic-packed streets. It’s not all plain sailing, though, with an overly springy clutch pedal that makes it a little too easy to stall the car.

Away from the city, the X-Wave makes a lot less sense. There its small size can makes occupants feel a little exposed – when overtaking articulated lorries, say – and the engine that seems lively at low speeds quickly runs out of puff on the motorway. Much work has been done to improve interior refinement, but a Volkswagen Up is still better at containing noise at a fast cruise, making it the preferred option if you do a lot of motorway driving.

For that matter, the VW UP is also more fun on country roads. Its chassis feels better sorted than the Aygo’s, suffering from less body lean in corners, and the steering is also more positive, allowing you to tackle fast corners with panache. As with the Up, the Toyota’s small engine means you also need plenty of space to overtake safely.

In town, the Aygo’s suspension does a decent job of shielding occupants from bumps in the road, but the car’s small wheelbase means it can seem a little unsettled on the motorway.

Decide you want the X-Wave Aygo and your choice of engines is limited to one – a 1.0-litre petrol with 68hp and 72Ib ft of torque.

Both headline figures arrive near the top of the rev range, so you need to work the engine hard to get decent performance, although the thrummy nature of the three-cylinder design makes this less of a chore than it might seem, in town at least, and the Aygo can dart from 0-62mph in 14.2 seconds.

The thrum is less easy to live with on the motorway, where it becomes a constant drone and the car’s top speed of just 99mph means acceleration is pretty pedestrian at anything approaching motorway speeds.

A small engine does, of course, mean low running costs and the Aygo dually obliges by being both cheap to tax (owing to CO2 emissions of just 95g/km) and capable of excellent fuel economy of 68.9mpg.

Think of the Toyota Aygo X-Wave as a convertible and it is hard to argue with the value it offers – being one of the cheapest open tops currently on sale.

Equipment levels are also pretty decent thanks to the X-Wave being available in mid-range Expression trim only. It comes with air-conditioning, a height adjustable steering wheel, electrically adjustable body coloured door mirrors, plus leather-trimmed side bolsters for the seats and a leather bound steering wheel.

It also comes with Toyota’s X-Touch infotainment system as standard, which includes a seven-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio a Bluetooth phone connection and serves as a screen for the car’s useful reversing camera. Pay an extra £395 and you can also have sat-nav.

As with the standard Aygo there’s also the chance to personalise your X-Wave, by specifying a series of packs. For £165 the INtense pack adds red interior trim plastics, while the £650 INstyle pack brings a leather interior to the mix available in a variety of different colours.


If your looking for an open-top car at a bargain price, the Aygo X-Wave makes a lot of sense. The fold-back design of its fabric roof means it is just as practical as the standard car, but a lot more fun. Its an experience best sampled in the city – the environment the Aygo was specifically designed for – elsewhere there are larger convertibles, such as the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, that make more sense. Meanwhile, if a drop top roof isn’t a top priority, the Volkswagen Up – or its SEAT and Skoda alternatives – are more accomplished models overall.