Vauxhall Agila Review
There are seven exterior colours, including two pearlescents and three metallics, which add £350 to the price.11 August 2008
There are seven exterior colours, including two pearlescents and three metallics, which add £350 to the price. Aside from these, there a two solid colours; Galaxy White and Blaze Red, which are standard on the base model, Expression, along with charcoal coloured, fabric seat facings. However, both Club and Design models have broad centre panels to their seats with AGILA, written into the pattern.
The Atlanta Blue, Moroccan Blue and Steel Silver cars have blue or charcoal seat panels, while the Cosmic Black has the aforementioned Sunset orange or charcoal sections and the Lemon Grass has patterned charcoal inside.
I mention this because the choice does make a difference to the ambience as it is included in the door panels, dashboard inserts and in the case of the orange, a broad strip that surrounds the centre console, which might look ‘funky’ but takes some getting used to.
That aside, the new Vauxhall Agila is certainly practical and user-friendly. There is ample room for five adults with the usual caveat of sitting behind the tall person and there is plenty of headroom, thanks to the high roof-line and despite the rearward slope.
On all but the Expression model, the rear seats have 60:40 split and fold-flat function, which increases the luggage capacity from 225-litres, below the parcel shelf, to a maximum of 1,050-litres and there’s an extra 35-litres of hidden space under the load floor, which is capable of holding the rear shelf when not in use as well keeping valuables away from temptation.
Inside the boot are hooks for keeping the shopping upright while other storage solutions include chunky door bins at the front, a lidded compartment atop the dashboard, which will hold a few CD cases, and pockets on the backs of the front seats along with oddments trays.
Apart from those with bright colours, the dashboard layout is compact and tidy with a smooth-faced, centre console dividing the heavily textured dash top, before dropping down between the seats and forming a high-level pedestal for the gear shift.
Within the centre console is a tidily integrated Stereo radio/CD payer, as well as the comfort controls. The Club and Design models also have the audio unit but with MP3 compatibility.
Behind the rake-adjustable steering column, which is multifunctional on the higher trim levels, there is a single white speedometer dial with an odometer and fuel gauge in the centre. Again, with the Club and Design trims, there is a separate rev-counter set into a pod that sticks out of the dash above and to the left of the instrument nacelle, in a similar manner to that of the MINI and looking just as much of an afterthought.
Vauxhall Agila Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Agila 1.2i Design|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Colour||Moroccan Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||109 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||60.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 11/08/08)||£9,810|