Used Vauxhall Agila (2008 - 2013) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 07 Nov 2012
4
The Vauxhall Agila is a small car that's roomy and flexible on the inside, much in the same vein as the Honda Jazz and Renault Modus. Its height makes it slightly more versatile than a traditional small car (like Vauxhall’s own Corsa) and fold-flat seats means that it has the carrying capacity of a small van It’s available with three engines and the 1.

Vauxhall Agila (08-13)
Versatile inside, easy to drive and park, economical engines, cheap to run, good space in the back
Suzuki offers the same car - but better equipped and better value for money

New price range:

£7,560 - £13,430

Used price range:

£514 - £4,688

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The Vauxhall Agila is a small car that's roomy and flexible on the inside, much in the same vein as the Honda Jazz and Renault Modus. Its height makes it slightly more versatile than a traditional small car (like Vauxhall’s own Corsa) and fold-flat seats means that it has the carrying capacity of a small van

It’s available with three engines and the 1.2-litre is the pick of the bunch for a mixture of performance and economy. The Agila is actually built for Vauxhall by Suzuki, which produces its own version called the Splash. The big difference is that an equivalent Splash is better value - and comes with more standard equipment.

Spacious cabin

While it may not be an outright MPV, the Vauxhall Agila has a lot of the elements of a people carrier that help to make it a very practical small car. It’s tall-sided styling frees up plenty of headroom for passengers and also adds to the amount of load space on offer.

The boot is a reasonable size to begin with and it can be extended by dropping down the 60/40 split and tip rear seat and there’s the option of the DualFloor for additional storage space under the boot floor to keep valuable items away from prying eyes. However, the Agila falls short of the versatility of the Honda Jazz as its rear seats don’t rearrange in more than one way.

Rival is cheaper

The Vauxhall Agila may be one of the more affordable cars in the company’s range and it offers plenty of space and practicality, buyers still need to weigh up the cost of the Agila against its sister model, the Suzuki Splash.

The Splash is cheaper to buy and there are some differences in standard equipment, so it’s worth comparing the two closely to make sure the car you buy is best suited to your pocket and needs.

They share the same engines, so there are no worries on this front, but it’s also worthwhile looking at what discounts and deals are on offer from respective Vauxhall and Suzuki dealers.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 It is small enough to enable get on with everyday essentials without taking up unnecessary space, particularly on my drive, yet big enough internally to take 5 very comfortably (not like some 4...  

4 out of 5

Mex Frederick ,   31 Oct 2013    ... read more

 The height of the seats and the space in the cabin.  

5 out of 5

Gareth Samuel ,   04 Aug 2013    ... read more

 The economy is great, the seating position is suprisingly high for such a small car! Its comfy and has enough space for a small family.  

4 out of 5

Gordon Smyth ,   20 Mar 2011    ... read more

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