Used Vauxhall Agila MPV 2000 - 2008 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

2000 - 2008 review
Vauxhall Agila MPV (00 - 08)
  • Vauxhall Agila MPV (00 - 08)
  • Vauxhall Agila MPV (00 - 08)
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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.