I wanted a runabout - first car S Type Jaguar. I tried all the small cars on offer and stumbled across the Agila at a Vauxhall dealer. My immediate impression was of more interior room than all the other small cars; plus proper full size supportive seats. It's higher than most small cars and there's no dropping down into the seats which makes entry and exit very good. With pay 50% now and 50% in 12 months the deal was done. I was worried that the 1,000cc engine would be slow, but after 3,000 miles it has now run in well. It likes to rev hard and will easily maintain normal motorway speeds. At first, the gear box was a bit stiff but it is now slick, although the gear lever makes a clunking sound. It handles very well on corners at urban speeds (better than the S Type) and less so over 45mph. The ride is slightly less jiggly than competitors, and there's a huge amount of space with the rear seats folded down, a crafty piece of engineering makes the extended surface flat. However, taken with low insurance costs, £35 VED, and 50 mpg, in what is a basic car, makes it streets ahead of the competition. I've no problem with the brakes - mentioned by one other reviewer - indeed they are light and pull the car up very quickly. Finally, the best endorsement is at your local Vauxhall dealer (I have no connection with any of them). Try buying a new one now (January 2009)because the current allocation is almost all sold out.
Timothy Boulding, Surrey, January 14th 2009