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Vauxhall Agila (2000-2007) Buying Guide

Vauxhall Agila (2000-2007)
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by Richard Dredge

The Agila may have appealed to few people of working age, but in many ways it's a car that makes a lot of sense - especially as a used buy. In reality this is little more than a rebadged Suzuki Wagon-R, with Vauxhall's own engines - but not necessarily any the worse for that. With a spacious cabin, strong reliability, easy entry and exit plus a Vauxhall dealer in every town, the Agila is an easy car to own.

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Practicality
Affordability
Interior space
Poor ride
Boxy styling
Performance of 1.0
Key Dates 
6/00Agila goes on sale with a choice of 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrol engines.
1/021.0 Club arrives.
9/021.0 Expression joins range.
6/03Model year changes for Expression mean reduced equipment levels.
10/03Power boost for 1.2 Expression, to 59bhp.
1/04ABS now standard on 1.2-litre Agilas.
10/041.2-litre engine now a Twinport unit with 80bhp.
Checklist 
  • Make sure you can live with the lack of performance; this car is fine around town but poor on motorways.
  • Make sure you can get comfortable; the driving position is awkward for many as adjustable seats and steering column weren't standard on all cars.
  • These cars are often used as urban runabouts, so check for damaged wheels, scraped bodywork and tracking that's been knocked out by lots of kerbing.
  • The Agila is also popular for carting kids around, so make sure the interior is intact; seats get damaged and carpets stained from spillages.
  • Low engine idling speed can lead to squeaks from under the bonnet.
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