Atoz goes from A to Z (get it?) - cheaply, efficiently, reliably and in reasonable comfort. It's a doddle to drive and park. But there's no hiding its awkward looks.
- A roomy runabout for four adults
- Easy on fuel, Group 2 insurance
- Atoz+ has good equipment for a cheap car
- Cabin is too narrow for larger people
- Tall body and tiny wheels - looks odd
- Lacks refinement at open-road speeds
Like some other city cars, Atoz is taller than it is wide. Upright seating allows generous headroom and adequate legroom. The narrow body helps in town, where Atoz nips through gaps and squeezes into car park spaces inaccessible to wider cars. But it means that bigger-bodied adults sit shoulder-to-shoulder.
There's no denying that Atoz is a cheap choice. Prices start at under £2000, insurance is low, servicing is inexpensive, and typical fuel economy is 45mpg. It doesn't feel too cut-price inside, but the bodywork is lightweight (although Atoz achieved a three-star NCAP rating) and there's not much soundproofing.
The hardworking 1.0 engine is lively enough in urban traffic but sounds stretched at higher speeds. Ride deteriorates, too, particularly on twisty or undulating roads. Body roll is noticeable when cornering quickly.
Atoz+ is well equipped for the money, with air con, central locking and electric windows. All models have power steering.
Need To Know
Best Models: 1.0 Atoz+
Worst Models: 1.0 Atoz Semi-Auto
Replacement: by Amica in mid-2000
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