This Aston Martin Cygnet is going to polarise opinion like no other Aston model in the marque’s 96-year history.

To some, the idea of dressing a baby Toyota with Aston Martin clothes, leaving the mechanicals unchanged, putting the famous old winged badge on the bonnet, doubling the price and selling it as an Aston Martin model to existing customers will come across as an abuse of some great traditions.

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However, we believe the enterprise deserves a fair wind, for three key reasons.  First, the initial styling studio pictures appear to promise a remarkably good-looking little car. And given that the first rule of acceptability for any prestige machine is that it must look great, the Cygnet seems well on the way to acceptability.