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By Glen Waddington
22 February 2008 11:53
Gone is the felled phonebox look of the old Agila. Here is the newest, smallest member of Vauxhall’s ‘monocab’ family, slotting below the Meriva and Zafira and offering a budget-conscious, utility-focused baby sibling to the Corsa. But haven’t we seen it before?
Certainly does. That’s because the new Agila is really a rebadged Suzuki Splash. Sheet metal changes are limited to the re-profiled bonnet, plus there are different bumpers and lamps front and rear. It’s basically the same inside too, although the Vauxhall gains brighter plastic hues for the dashboard – extremely bright in the case of CAR’s blue test car.
Vauxhall is claiming two brand new powertrains for the Agila and, fair enough, the 1.0-litre three cylinder and the 1.2-litre four are new to Vauxhall. Yep, you guessed it, they’re Suzuki engines, competitive in terms of power output (64bhp and 85bhp respectively) and CO2 – especially the 1.0, at 120g/km.
The 1.3 CDTi matches it for emissions, and that’s the familiar 74bhp diesel engine from the Corsa and Meriva. But diesel-powered city-cars make little sense in Britain, and the 1.2 petrol (131g/km) is expected to be the biggest seller. Vauxhall charges a £1600 premium for burning oil, which would take quite a few miles to pay off at 62.8mpg, when the 1.2 manages 51.4mpg. The thrifty 1.0-litre splits the two on fuel efficiency at 56.5mpg.
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Vauxhall Agila 1.2 (2008) CAR review
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It's great - WAY better than the old car and even leaner than a Fiat Panda, and much better-looking than its Suzuki Splash sibling. It's even funky inside, and quite practical, with those folding seats.
But the top-end model is like the same price as a top-end Fiat 500, which is even more economical and more full of kit!!!
22 February 2008 20:19
Does it have a dash slot for a pension book and will teh door pockets hold copies of SAGA magazines and National Trust guides?
22 February 2008 12:51
(Not) A bigger splash
Yes, way better than its predecessor but not exactly going to cause waves. I hope the over-engineered designer shades can be deleted from the options list.
22 February 2008 12:39
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