• Image Credit: Toyota
  • Image Credit: Toyota
  • Image Credit: Toyota
Chop the top off a car and you'll let the sunshine and warm air in, but you'll also get a car that's heavier, less rigid and costlier. That's why European hatchbacks in particular have been increasingly favoring retractable fabric roof panels that keep the structural integrity in tact while letting the sunshine in. The Fiat 500C, Citroën DS3 Cabrio and Renault Twingo all offer this type of setup – as do the Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1, and now their Toyota platform-mate is following them down the same path.

Recently announced in the UK is this Toyota Aygo with X-Wave roof option. It's a black canvas panel that opens up the space above both rows of seats at the push of a button. Unlike the roofs on some of the other aforementioned European city cars, it doesn't extend all the way down to the base of the back window, but that just means it doesn't stack up and impede cargo space and rearward visibility.

Toyota is bundling the X-Wave roof option with additional equipment like upgraded lighting, infotainment system and alloys for £895, taxes included (equivalent to $1,355 at today's exchange rates). That's a lot less than Fiat, for example, gets for upgrading from a 500 to a 500C on either side of the Atlantic. It's also even less than Peugeot and Citroën charge for similar options on their versions of the same vehicle in the UK, and that strikes us as a pretty cost-effective way to go motoring with the top down.
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LESS METAL, MORE FUN WITH AYGO'S X-WAVE OPEN TOP OPTION

How do you make driving a Toyota Aygo even more fun? One sure-fire way is to provide some classic open-top enjoyment with a new retractable x-wave canvas roof.

Looking ahead to longer, warmer days, Toyota has launched the x-wave as an option on the five-door Aygo x-pression model. Finished in black, the roof is factory fitted and is full length, ensuring that anyone travelling in the rear seats also gets to enjoy some of the wind-in-the-hair experience.

The roof is electrically operated, using a simple switch next to the map light control in the headlining.

Specifying the x-wave adds even more appeal to the Aygo x-pression, which also features 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, the x-touch multimedia system with DAB and Bluetooth, reversing camera and air conditioning.

Gloss black elements in the bodywork and the cabin help the small car make a big style statement, contrasting with White Flash, Electro Grey, Silver Splash, Red Pop and Deep Blue Buzz paint options.

The x-wave roof, price £895 (including VAT), can also be ordered together with the x-tra convenience pack, and with all other options and customisation features available for x-pression, apart from the roof decals.


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