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Vauxhall Agila (2000-07)

Overall Rating

3 stars

Agila is Vauxhall's version of the Suzuki Wagon R+, with different engines and styling. A compact four-seater that's cheap to run, it's also roomier than some small city cars.

For
  • Practical, reliable and cheap to run
  • Nimble around town with light steering
  • Five-door practicality, easy to live with
Against
  • Boxy looks don't please everybody
  • 1.0 is slow and has basic equipment
  • Unrefined compared with the best modern superminis
Road Test

Agila is based on the second generation Suzuki Wagon R+ launched here in 2000. It differs in equipment detail and uses engines from the Corsa. The four-cylinder 75 bhp 1.2 unit is the one to choose; the three-cylinder 1.0 motor is underpowered and gets harsh a higher revs. Either will give 45 mpg. Although it's undemanding to drive and competent as a city runabout or even a small family car with space for two adults plus two children and luggage, the boxy Agila has several drawbacks. The cabin looks a bit basic and is under-equipped (useful kit like central locking, electric windows and air con are all extras). The ride is patchy (becoming rough on some surfaces), noise levels are fairly high, and the body rolls heavily when cornering at speed. All in all, it's best as a second car for shopping trips and school runs rather than longer open-road journeys.

Need To Know

NCAP: N/A

Best Models: 1.2 16v with air con

Worst Models: 1.0 16v

Replacement: 2008


Alternatives
  • Daewoo Matiz
  • Hyundai Amica
  • Suzuki Wagon R+ (2000-)
Vauxhall Agila (2000-07)
Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

3 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

2 stars
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