More details of the new Vauxhall city car
7 December 2007

Vauxhall's new Agila will go on sale next April with a starting price of £7,595.The Agila city car comes as standard with five doors, and enters the range below the larger Corsa.The petrol engines on offer are a 1.0-litre, 64bhp three-cylinder unit or a 1.2-litre, 84bhp, which will also come with an auto 'box as an option.Only one diesel engine will be available, in the form of the 1.3-litre CDTi, 74bhp unit.There's plenty of reason to buy the Agila, including annual road tax of only £35 and 120g/km C02 on the entry level models, cute looks, and luggage space to rival the Corsa.Which makes you wonder whether Vauxhall will sell any entry-level three-door Corsas after the Agila arrives, as both start at the same price.In truth, the two cars appeal to different buyers - the larger Corsa has a very broad target market, whereas the Agila is specifically aimed at city-dwellers who rarely venture past the local shops. Even so, it's hard to ignore the similarities. That's not the only homegrown competition the Agila faces. The Suzuki Splash city car arrives just before the Agila at what is likely to be a lower price, for exactly the same car.Suzuki hasn't announced prices for the Splash, and Vauxhall won't release any more detailed pricing quite yet, so we'll have to wait until next year to find out just how close the competition really is.

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Agila

Price and performance apart, the Vauxhall Agila is an ideal city car

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