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.
Aston Martin Cygnet Hatchback 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.
Aston Martin Cygnet Hatchback refinement
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.