I’ve been hitherto unconvinced by the idea of Aston Martin’s made-over Toyota iQ, the Cygnet, but this morning the opportunity came to crawl over one on the show stand. Having done that, I’m less of a sceptic.
Firstly, whether you like what this car represents or not, you can’t argue with the commitment with which it’s been executed. The expansive variety and richness of the leathers in the car, and the quality of the stitching, is impressive.
Some of the surviving Toyota switchgear in the car betrays its original price point a little: items like the mirror adjuster and the HVAC controller look cheap next to the expensively upholstered seats and dashboard. But mostly, it’s a convincing transformation.
And that aside, my other question about the Cygnet was simply ‘who’s going to buy one?’ and, now, I’ve got an idea.