The Aston Martin Cygnet looks smart, fits in tight parking spots and is nimble in town. It’s well equipped, cheap to run, and emissions are low, too.
The price is frankly ridiculous for a city car, no matter what badge it wears. You have to choose between rear passengers or boot space.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Cygnet has the same 1.33-litre petrol engine found in the Toyota iQ. It feels bright and perky in town, but can struggle a bit when speeds rise. The Cygnet comes with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, but you can specify a CVT 'box from the options list.
Ride & Handling
On the road, unsurprisingly, the car is all iQ, and even the tyre sizes are unaltered. Cities are where the Cygnet really struts its stuff. The steering is light and accurate, and the shopping-trolley turning circle really has to be experienced to be believed. However, out of town, the ride is choppy, there’s a fair bit of body lean in bends and it quickly runs out of front-end grip.
The door mirrors generate some wind noise and the engine sound a bit harrassed when you extend it. There's a fiddly five-speed manual gearbox as standard, but although the optional CVT automatic transmission picks up quickly when you pull away, it thrashes the engine too much when you put your foot down.