Vauxhall Agila

The Vauxhall Agila is a mini people carrier powered by two petrol engines.

It has a luggage capacity of 1,050 plus five doors and five seats.

The front of the car has almond-shaped lamp units and a raised crease line. There are tapered front and rear bumpers, plus a raked side crease and angular window line.

Inside there is a selection of colour lines and materials plus an ergonomically positioned gear stick and pod-mounted rev counter.

The Agila is in the small monocab market. More than 90,000 small monocabs were registered in the UK in 2007.

There are five three-point seatbelts in the rear and the Vauxhall Agila’s load capacity in the boot.

The Vauxhall Agila has a false floor in the boot offering 35 litres of hidden storage.

The load bay also has carrier bag shopping hooks and there are wide door pockets and an almost square tailgate aperture.

The Vauxhall Agila’s cabin has height-adjustable front seats and a tall roofline.

The Vauxhall Agila had three different engines from launch which consisted of two all-alloy petrol units and a 1.3-litre CDTi.

The Vauxhall Agila’s entry-level powerplant is a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine based on that found in the previous generation Agila.

The petrol power unit produces 65PS and 90Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0-62mph in 14.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 99mph. Average fuel consumption is in excess of 60mpg. These figures are notable improvements upon the sort of fuel economy and speed you will find in used Vauxhall vehicles.

Next up is the Agila 1.2i 16v offering 86PS and 114Nm of torque. It  reaches 62mph from a standing start in 12.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 109mph.

Both petrol units on the Vauxhall Agila come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. There is also a four-speed automatic transmission option for the Vauxhall Agila available on the 1.2i 16v.

The Vauxhall Agila’s oil burner, since removed from the engine line-up was the 1.3-litre CDTi 75PS unit which first appeared in the Corsa supermini. It achieved an average fuel consumption figure of more than 70mpg and emits 120g/km of carbon dioxide.

The Vauxhall Agila has a subframe at the front with the set-up using MacPherson struts supported by A-shaped suspension arms that are lower than those of the previous model.

The rear of the Vauxhall Agila has a torsion bar instead of the previous model’s stiff beam axle.

The Vauxhall Agila offers an electronic stability programme on all models.

The speed-sensitive power steering takes 3.2 turns from lock-to-lock.

The Vauxhall Agila’s turning circle has been reduced by the company’s engineers to 9.6 metres kerb-to-kerb.

The Vauxhall Agila is available in three trim levels in the UK. The range starts with the entry-level Expression which is available only with the 1.0i 12v engine.

Step up to the Vauxhall Agila S model and the top-of-the-range car is offered with both the 1.0i 12v and 1.2i 16v VVT engine choices. There is also the option of automatic transmission on the 1.2-litre.

The Agila was available in a range of seven colours, including bright metallics or pearlescents such as Moroccan Blue and Lemon Grass. For a more discreet finish, Cosmic Black, Atlanta Blue and Steel Silver were available while solid paint finishes were available in Blaze Red or Galaxy White.

The Vauxhall Agila has safety equipment including front and side airbags for both the driver and passenger in all models. There is also Vauxhall’s patented Pedal Release System, which automatically draws the car’s pedals away from the driver’s feet in the event of a collision.

Other safety features on the Vauxhall Agila include ISOFIX mountings for child seats on both of the outer rear seats. there are also three full-sized seatbelts across the rear bench.