Used Vauxhall Agila MPV 2000 - 2008 review

Category: Small car

Slow but roomy and practical for its size

Vauxhall Agila MPV (00 - 08)
  • Vauxhall Agila MPV (00 - 08)
  • Vauxhall Agila MPV (00 - 08)
Used Vauxhall Agila MPV 2000 - 2008 review
Star rating

What's the used Vauxhall Agila estate like?

The Agila is very much a city car for people with practicality in mind. Above all, it only takes up a tiny amount of road, meaning you can park it just about anywhere.

Despite these tiny dimensions, though, its MPV-like styling means that interior space is better than in the majority of city cars. There's lots of headroom and the upright seating position means adults shouldn't struggle for legoom in the back. The boot is a useful size, too.


Slow but roomy and practical for its size

  • Great interior space for such a small car, supple ride
  • Underpowered, not great to drive and equipment isn't generous

This design has its price, though, because the Agila isn't much fun to drive - the engines are weak and the handling is stodgy. That said, the ride is pretty good, coping admirably with pot-holed city streets. Refinement would be pretty good, too, if it wasn't for the noise of the rowdy engines.

Ownership cost

What used Vauxhall Agila estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Agila estate?

There's no getting away from it, the Agila is quite pricey for a city car. And, the price becomes even more unpalatable when you consider how poorly equipped it is next to some cheaper rivals.

The Agila's roominess is its main asset, but the Suzuki Wagon R+, which is mechanically identical to the Agila, provides all the same space for significantly less money. True, the Wagon R+ doesn't have the same supple ride as the Agila, but the ride isn't worth the extra cash you'll part with to get it.

Purchase price aside, running an Agila isn't too dear, and fuel economy, for example, isn't bad whichever engine you choose. The 1.0-litre will return an average of 44.8mpg, while the 1.2 isn't far behind on 43.5mpg.

Insurance bills will be low, too. Buyers of the 1.0 will pay a group 2 premium, while the 1.2 has a group 3 classification.

Servicing will be cheap, too, because routine maintenance needs to be carried out only every 20,000 miles.

Our recommendations

Which used Vauxhall Agila estate should I buy?

Two engines, both petrol, are available. A 57bhp 1.0-litre is the entry-level motor, and this feels out of its depth on all but urban roads. Gutless performance means it takes its time to reach cruising speeds and, once you get there, it drones annoyingly.

Sadly, the 1.2-litre alternative doesn't fare much better. It's a bit quicker to accelerate, but it's still slow and doesn't feel much more settled at speed than the 1.0-litre, which becomes our reluctant choice, albeit only by default.

The trim levels are a confusing business. At the Agila's 2000 launch, both engines came in standard specification with equipment including power steering, driver's airbag and electric mirrors.

Then, in 2002, the standard 1.0 was renamed the Expression, and the 1.2 became available in Club and Design trim. Club came with remote central locking and twin front airbags, while Design added air-conditioning, a CD player and electric front windows. The Club was renamed the Enjoy in mid 2003.


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