In-depth Reviews

Vauxhall Agila owner reviews

“The Vauxhall Agila was an easy-to-drive supermini that offered a cheap route into motoring. Its funky looks weren’t matched by its interior quality, though.”

Carbuyer Rating

2.7 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

78%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 8reviews
  • 8reviews
  • 2reviews

Common Problems

  • Other (2 cases)
  • Brakes (2 cases)
  • Brakes, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.0 litre Ecoflex S (AC)

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
Car was bought replacing a Suzuki Ignis which had not failed in 13 years. Finding a replacement was not easy, as nothing seemed to match the original car's roominess and practicality, without entering into the "people carrier" market. The Agila easily meets that criteria and more, whilst still fundamentally hanging onto its Suzuki heritage (otherwise known as a Suzuki Splash). The raised seating position, which suddenly gives you a much better view of the world, is extremely comfortable and you kind of slide in and out, rather than collapse into your seat - great if you're not 29 any more and your bones aren't what they were. Overall, the car is a joy to drive, not the fastest, but who cares - it is what it is ! A very well engineered little hatchback with a hugely spacious interior. It's nippy, keeping up with traffic without a fuss and its 3 cylinder engine is eager and economical in the hands of experience. My only moan is the lack of a proper spare wheel, but I am going to investigate the possibility of removing the storage tray beneath the boot hatch, (which apparently few owners use) which should then provide enough depth to house a full size wheel and 185 x 60 x 15 tyre. With proper full size spare, I would have easily given this car full marks.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1,2 94 PS 5dr

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

57
Review
I own the sister model, Opel Agila, due to my location in Norway. I bought it mainly because it is small, nippy and have a raised seat position which suits my painful back very well. I just go straight in and out of the car and don't have to slide down or up. I have had no problems with the car whatsoever. Only regular service due to the 5 year warranty. This car drive surprisingly well even on twisty country roads in reasonable high speed and the seats are much better than expected from a such small car. But you have to use high revs to accelerate fast on a motorway due to the low maximum torque, which is usual with a small engine. From 60 Km/h - 80 Km/h (37 - 50 MPH) in the 2nd gear it's really fast. All in all, the car suits my needs for commuting and a trip over the mountains without any problems.
Reliability

5 out of 5

The car starts every day with ease. It can take a time to start when we have been away on vacation for a month or so in the winter.
Performance

5 out of 5

The fact that this car weight about a ton and only have 118 NM (87 FP) of torque the acceleration and the ability to keep the pace is very good indeed. It's not a BMW M series, and don't claim to be that either...
Running Cost

5 out of 5

I do drive active but not aggressively and the running cost is low for gasoline, service, road tax and insurance.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
Since "ownership" vehicle has been used for various tasks including errands of mercy. Having a reliable vehicle has been great.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

NO FULL SPARE TYRE; only Inlation kit. Nett result - 13/12/12 - Involved in a collision with roadside flood protection scheme. Driving down a country lane in the dark, moved to side to let another car go by, nearside front wheel collided with covered part of flood system. Nett Result - Left front wheel completely damaged, wheel hub, wheel trim and tyre. I went to local tyre depot, who could not help me, because, vehicle had no full size spare wheel and space saver wheel, all I had was totally useless inflation kit. Also, when I contacted AA, I was told, they viewed incident as an accident and I would have to pay Ł108 to have my vehicle recovered. I had no option and drove my car to our local Vauxhall Dealership, who are fantastic and only source of real help. After paying a Ł220 bill, I had my car back. My annoyance - Vauxhall like other manufacturer's do not supply full sized spare wheel. Other annoyance - AA would only assist if I made additional payment i.e. Annual Membership Fee and Ł108, totally unacceptable.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

<1 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
I have not ahd any issues with the car since I bought it
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I haven't spent anything extra on the car since new , other than petrol

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

49
Review
no problems whatever
Running Cost

4 out of 5

spare partr unknown as car < i year old

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

54
Review
Have had no problems yet

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Design, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Excellent car for our needs

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
No problems so far
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Hard to tell but seems ok so far

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

<1 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

54
Review
Sometimes rough starting from cold, other than that its reliable.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Cheap enough to run.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

<1 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

54
Review
no problems since i've bought it - excellent reliability
Running Cost

4 out of 5

for a small car it would be great if i could get more MPG out of it

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
IN THE 30MONTHS I HAVE OWNED THE CAR I HAVE HAD NEVER HAD ANY REASON TO TAKE IT BACK TO THE DEALERS IT HAS BEEN PERFECT
Running Cost

5 out of 5

GREAT ON THE JUICE AND NOT HAD TO BUY ANY BITS EXCEPT THOSE REQUIRED FOR SERVICING.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

<1 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I have never had any problems with it.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

good and economical

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Design, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Excellent value for money

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Club, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Excellent performance & economy. good all round car

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.2 S

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
The car is cheap and cheerful and overall offers good value at this price point. The handbrake is weak - I have been in situations where it couldn't hold the car even as the single occupant - I weigh under 12 stone. On country roads sharp braking can result in extremely sketchy behaviour from the brakes to the point it sounds like the car is bottoming out. The gearbox can be difficult frequently refusing to enter gear, reverse is particularly problematic, but 3rd also refuses quite often. Performance wise the engine is willing, but only if kept at high revs where all the power is in this car. The car has an extremely small turning circle, and a light wheel, however at around 70mph the car requires constant attention to steer, and crosswinds affect this car very badly. As a result, at motorway speeds this is a tiring car to drive. The fatigue is increased by poor soundproofing both in terms of wind and engine noise. The car is quite aggressive on the outside edges of it's front tyres. Driving position is flexible and there is plenty of headroom even for tall passengers. Legroom is good considering the size of the car. The car is physically comfortable even on longer journeys. The boot is tiny - in any serious application rear seats will need to be sacrificed which is worth considering if you plan to holiday in this car. Equipment levels are crude with very few bells and whistles. The ICE is ten years behind the curve, not even featuring an audio line in, let alone sat nav or Bluetooth. Air con is present although crudely designed. Plastics are cheap throughout the car, and little attention seems to have been giving to 'feel' anywhere. Switches feel fragile, the gears feel like they are made out of cardboard, doors make me cringe when they are shut. The rev counter is ridiculous. That said the car remains a pleasant if unremarkable place to be in. The car has been reliable but I am not filled with confidence as it feels flimsy. The engine has recently developed a tapping noise under acceleration so we shall see. I have developed no emotional attachment to this car at all, unlike others. This may seem an overly negative review of the car - it isn't, it's a reality check on what can be expected from an extremely cheap car.
Reliability

3 out of 5

No issues so far. I am concerned over the gearbox. Engine has developed a tapping noise after 22k under acceleration but drives fine for now.
Performance

2 out of 5

Needs to be driven at high revs to have any performance - however when driven at high revs the car is quite willing. However hard it is driven, this is still a slow car, and fundamental issues around high speed handling and braking on uneven/varying surfaces remain.
Running Cost
Running costs are fine 50 mpg is possible with very cautious driving in my hilly area, but the car is very slow indeed when driven cautiously.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.2 Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Just bought for the wife's journeys to and from school, impressed with the space and the high seating position to suit a short driver. Garage agreed to add a spare wheel, lift the tray out under the boot mat and there is a wheel well with a polystyrene block, take that out and hey presto a proper wheel well waiting! We had to ask having found out about the issue on a forum. Impressed by the reviews so bought it after a short test drive; thanks to all the reviewers.
Reliability
dk yet
Performance
Went well on the test drive
Running Cost
Don't know yet but looks good

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
NEVER HAD TO TAKE TO DEALERS IN TIME I HAVE OWNED IT,ALSO NEVER LET ME DOWN AT ALL.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

MPG VERY GOOD ,NEVER HAD TO BUY SPARES SO FAR.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Review
No problems as yet
Running Cost

5 out of 5

As yet it's excellent value, running costs are very good as Ł30 tax, good fuel economy, not had any work done

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

eco, Less than 1.0-litre , Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Excellent for what i wanted at the time in a car ie a small family car that would take 4 - 5 adults and a wheelchair. I love the low road tax - £30 this year. Not bad on petrol and handling is ok too

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

<1 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

58

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
since owning this vehicle no problems
Running Cost

5 out of 5

nil up to now

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

51
Review
Nothing has gone wrong
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Fuel only excellent

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

<1 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
no problems
Running Cost

4 out of 5

no extra costs yet

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Review
Excellent
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Excellent

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50.2
Review
No problems since I purchased it
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Low road tax as well as good MPG

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

comfort, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
A little too new to be certain, but it performs very well to date, well up to expectations .I Like the lifetime 100.k warranty and slaters (franchised dealer) is very good too

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

expression, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.2 Design

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46
Review
Bitterly disappointed. Bought the car 3 years old. Had to get a new gearbox with only 39k on the clock, a complete new exhaust system and the heat shield fell off because all the bolts underneath were rusted. Worst car I have ever had. Looking forward to getting a new car in June.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

52
Review
very reliable and excellent, because of good size wheels and tyres, during recent snow falls
Running Cost

5 out of 5

economic to drive; being automatic drives at best revs for the driving situation. Being an upright car and small in size is easy to part and access

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Review
No problems so far
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Better than expected. Official mpg figures should be ignored - they do not reflect real driving conditions. Cheap insurance. Good servicing deal.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

57
Review
Starts up and motors well even in the severest frost.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

No running costs - car reliable in every way.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

<1 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
Excellent
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Have't had any service or repairs yet - Tax, insurance not bad

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Club, 1.0litre to 1.5litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fantastic,practical,agile,good on motorways,an all round winner

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