Its name is X: Toyota Israel has opened the possibility of pre-ordering the Aigo X.

This is the second year in a row – deep in a crisis of chips, transportation, braids, rubber and metals – that the giant Toyota is in the first place in the world profitability ranking, among dozens of huge and significant car manufacturers and corporations. The Japanese carmaker, which recognized the demand for green vehicles and introduced a hybrid car sometime in 1995 (Toyota Prius), the one that created bestsellers one after the other, hybrids like the Corolla, Harb 4, Yaris, CH-R and more, continues to work In the schedule it has created for itself, continue to produce hybrid cars within the race for the electric car, and weave to the taste and need of consumers, Big Time.

Even before the launch of the Toyota Igo X, a small and hybrid (and very successful) recreational vehicle (crossover) was launched, from the B segment, based on the Toyota Yaris, which is the Hyaris Cross). But this little one is not the smallest now, because Toyota foresaw the need for an even smaller crossover, and put a car in an almost non-existent category, a crossover from segment A. Imagine a mini, small, only slightly elevated, very colorful and “muscular” city car – get The Aigo X.

It’s not that Toyota is not working on an electric vehicle, there is one that will be launched very soon, but it probably has not exhausted the hybrid technology, which has proven itself, brings good fuel consumption data, and aligns with WLTP (Air Pollution Reduction) requirements. So I packed a small suitcase and arrived in Spain to meet the little Toyota that will probably conquer the heart of the Israeli consumer as well.

At the official press conference it is hard not to notice that Toyota people are particularly relaxed and confident, they do not have to prove to anyone anything, their future and spatial vision is excellent. They have created a special watch, which works according to “Toyota time”, and it works great for them. If the manufacturer saw the need to produce another hybrid vehicle, and preferred it over an amok run towards producing a series of electric vehicles, this is probably the right thing to do.

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So there is a good and proven platform. The Igo X is based on the familiar GA-B platform of Toyota’s TNGA architecture, first offered in the new Yaris and also incorporated in the Yaris Cross (in which I chose one of the best cars of the year 2021), it has a small liter (1.0) three-cylinder engine And the power of 72 hp. As a small urban crossover it does not need more than this power, but if you still want to take it out on long-distance roads, you will feel its effort.

Toyota is proud of the Igo X’s low pollutant emissions, 113 grams of CO2 per kilometer, thanks to its continuous gearbox, the CVT-S. A gearbox with clear pros and cons, it slightly castrates the power transfer from the engine, to save fuel consumption and pollutant emissions into the air. On the other hand, get used to everything, even to the operation of a continuous box.

But let’s go back a moment, to the design, since, that’s the first thing you see in the first encounter with the vehicle, and the encounter is exciting. The Igo X is a young and refreshing-looking vehicle that captures the hearts of older people as well, and therefore, in my opinion, is also intended for young audiences: those who have received a license, students, etc., as well as adults and adults plus, who want a small crossover for the city, less than 100 A thousand shekels.

The vehicle’s ventral spacing was only raised by 11mm for the sake of the model’s visibility, and the driving position was also raised by 5cm (compared to the previous generation of the Aigo) thus allowing a better field of vision. As for the wheels and tires of the vehicle, the diameter of the rims, to my surprise, is 17 inches! It definitely adds to the overall look.

Igo X dimensions are particularly compact and emphasize the purpose of the vehicle: the vehicle is 3 meters long and 70 cm long, and 74 meters wide and 74 cm wide. The Igo trunk volume is 231 liters.

The small crossover is quite well equipped from the inside, and looks rich for the mini segment (Picanto, i10), and mini crossover (A) like the Suzuki Ignis, in fact, its only competitor. The Igo X has an original Toyota multimedia system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, a Bluetooth headset and an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interface. The operation of the system went smoothly, but there are more user-friendly interfaces. The vehicle has a rear camera, a colorful 4.2-inch dashboard, and LED daytime running lights. The test vehicle we were driving around Barcelona had an open roof, a version that unfortunately will not arrive in the country.

The quality of materials and assembly is fine, as well as human engineering. The interior is adequate, but the comfortable and spacious seating in the front does not leave much room for passengers in the back.

The ride in the Igo X is surprisingly comfortable. Good noise insulation, I liked the steering – an accurate steering wheel with a turning radius, which Toyota prides itself on, of 4.7 meters, adapted for driving and maneuvering in crowded city streets, and allows for easier parking.

The behavior of the small engine combined with the continuous gearbox is known in advance. With strong presses on the accelerator, the engine will sound and provide power gradually. Aggressive driving in a city car like this misses its destiny, which is a comfortable, economical and less polluting city ride in a car bursting with chic and style. If you are not the audience for this, spare it for yourself, and raise a segment, towards Yaris Cross.

Safety equipment is also not lacking. If we used to get used to small city cars being less safe, we’re not there anymore. Toyota maintains the high safety standard, equips the Aigo X with a list of autonomous safety systems of the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 type, and declares that the Aigo X is the only one in the segment that also includes adaptive cruise control systems and a child forgetting system.

Toyota Safety Sense, installed as standard on the Igo X, also includes a pre-collision system (emergency braking, pedestrian and day detection, two-wheeled vehicle detection during the day, intersection assistance system and ESA emergency steering system, lane center guard system, high beam system Automatic and road sign detection system, quite a bit of advanced safety equipment.

Less than a month ago, Toyota Israel opened the possibility of pre-ordering the Aigo X at a price that starts at NIS 93,990 for the opening equipment version (“Pure”). The price of the high version, “Falls”, is NIS 98,990. Since the future seems to be moving towards small, economical, electric, and micro cars, it is not unlikely that we will see more cars in this category in the future.

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