Vauxhall Agila – Eco Car
Built alongside the virtually-identical Suzuki SX4 at the Japanese company’s factory in Hungary, the Vauxhall Agila is about as cheap and utilitarian as cheap, utilitarian small cars go. A good small car, especially at this price, the Agila is fun and effective but unlikely to be an object of desire or a source of passion. The Vauxhall Agila EcoFLEX Expression 5dr is available from £8,975 on the road.
Vauxhall Agila – Low Car Tax Band (VED)
If you’re concerned about the cost of running a car, you need to ensure it falls in a low car tax band or you could end up having to pay high taxes every year. With the manual gearboxes, both the 1.0-litre and the 1.2-litre petrol engines in the Agila give low car tax C rates (free in the first year of registration and £30 a year thereafter). The automatic transmission bumps the Agila up several bands and means you’ll face car tax bills of more than £100 per year.
Vauxhall Agila – Low CO2 Emissions
For most people, one of the reasons for shopping for a small, economical car is to lessen the effect their driving has on the environment. The Vauxhall Agila produces admirably low emissions – as long as you opt for the manual transmission. If you choose the automatic, the emissions go up from 119g/km to 133g/km.
Vauxhall Agila – Safety Features
The Agila comes with a good set of standard safety equipment. There are side and front airbags for both the driver and the front passengers. The S and SE models come with key-operated deactivation of the passenger airbag. The Agila also comes with ABS as standard but ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) is extra and there are no airbags for passengers in the rear.
Vauxhall Agila – High Miles Per Gallon (MPG)
Insurance and fuel costs should be very low for the Agila, which can manage 55mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle, (45.6mpg to 62.8mpg). The automatic’s economy only drops a bit, to 49.6mpg but you’ll have higher tax costs as well. Servicing should be cheap, making the Agila cheap both to buy and run.
Vauxhall Agila – SuperMini
The Agila is noticeably bigger than some other cheap superminis. Though many of them come with a more comprehensive level of standard equipment, the Agila offers a roomier cabin. Thanks to the Agila’s high roof, there is plenty of glass, which boosts the feeling of airiness further, and passengers enjoy a good amount of room.
Some of the materials used in the Agila feel cheap but the design and construction is pretty good, which improves the feeling of quality. As the Agila is basically a Suzuki SX4, reliability should be good.
Vauxhall Agila – Performance
The most economical engine, the three-cylinder 1.0 litre is cheap to buy and economical but the 1.2 16v VVT provides a handy power boost while actually using less fuel than the smaller engine. Both engines feel peppy enough, with even the 1.0-litre managing to push the Agila to 99mph. The Agila can accelarate to 62mph in 14.7 seconds..
Vauxhall Agila – Interior
In terms of its ability to carry people, the Agila is amongst the more practical small cars. The only real problem is that you’ll struggle to get much cargo in the Vauxhall Agila when you’re also trying to carry four adults. Otherwise, you’ll enjoy a fairly fun city car that can handle most jobs with aplomb. If only that boot was a little bit bigger.
Vauxhall Agila – Conclusion
Like most modern small cars, the Vauxhall Agila is plenty of fun around town. It will happily nip in and out of gaps in city traffic; just don’t expect to show off against Minis in fast corners, where the Agila rolls too much.