The Vauxhall Agila is a small car that's surprisingly practical and has real personality. The cabin is spacious and well laid out, the car's good to drive, and there's a lifetime warranty.
Looks pricey against the near-identical Suzuki Splash and some of the plastics inside look cheap. Some rivals are better equipped for the money.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The engines - a three-cylinder 1.0-litre and a four-cylinder 1.2-litre, both petrol - come from Suzuki, which builds the car for Vauxhall. The 1.0 makes the car really good fun to drive, while the 1.2 offers a bit more flexibility for motorway driving. Models with the smaller engine carry Vauxhall’s Ecoflex badge, meaning that they are particularly good on economy and emissions.
Ride & Handling
For a humble family runabout, the Agila exhibits real personality. It does all the sensible stuff well, riding all but the roughest roads comfortably and feeling calm and composed on motorways, but it can also be a real hoot to drive, with a degree of finesse not expected in a car at this level.
Small engines need working hard at times, and hard-worked engines can sometimes be a bit noisy. That said, those in the Agila are no worse than in most rivals and not difficult to live with. Road- and wind noise are barely present, too. Smooth controls make the car easy to drive.