Vauxhall Agila

From Vauxhall press: This addition to Vauxhall’s stylish, dynamic and versatile model range went on sale in Spring 2008, and brought with it new levels of style and flexibility to urban motorists. It was designed from the outset to offer all of the desirability that urban motorists require, without any compromise in terms of its practicality.

At the front, the car is typically Vauxhall. Its distinctive grille, almond-shaped lamp units and trademark raised crease line mark it out as the smallest member of an incredibly stylish family, while throughout the car certain styling cues, such as the tapered front and rear bumpers, steeply raked side crease and angular window line show commonality with other models in the Vauxhall range.

The interior ambience is just as stylish as the outside, with a wide selection of colour lines and high quality materials throughout, while thoughtful touches include an ergonomically positioned gear stick and pod-mounted rev counter, angled towards the driver.

The Agila is available with two different engines – two all-alloy lightweight petrol units.

The entry-level powerplant is a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine based on that found in the previous generation Agila, and renowned for its free-revving, lively nature. The unit produces 65PS and 90Nm of torque, feels lively and accelerates from 0-62mph in 14.7 seconds, with a top speed of 99mph. With fuel consumption figures of up to 64.2mpg, it is also one of the most fuel efficient petrol engines available!

Moving up the engine range, the Agila 1.2i 16v has a surprisingly potent power output for its size, with 86PS and 114Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0-62mph in 12.6 seconds and has a top speed of 109mph.

Both petrol units come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, but for the first time there is also an automatic option for Agila. Available only on the Agila 1.2i 16v, it is mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox.

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