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Aston Martin Cygnet (2011-2013) Buying Guide

Aston Martin Cygnet (2011-2013)
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by Richard Dredge

There have been rather a lot of unlikely cars created over the years, but few can compete with the Aston Martin Cygnet. One of those products that nobody saw coming, the idea of a city car (the Toyota IQ) given the luxury treatment by one of the world's greatest sports car brands seems incredible. Unfortunately, potential buyers thought it was an incredible proposition, with the prices even more so, which is why in a production run that spanned little more than two years only a handful were sold. Look at the howmanyleft website and at its peak just 152 Cygnets were registered in the UK; that was in 2014 and already the number has dropped...

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Low running costs
Ludicrous purchase prices
Not many to buy
Key Dates 
1/11The Cygnet goes on sale in the UK with one engine option only
6/11Another special edition is here already
Checklist 
  • With so few Cygnets around it's very hard to pinpoint any patterns of problems, other than those that apply to the Toyota IQ, so it's worth checking that guide also.
  • The paintwork was applied by Aston Martin to a very high standard, so decent scrape or crash repairs are very costly to undertake.
  • Predictably, the Aston shares the same interior traits as the IQ, which means it's all cleverly packaged but it's no four-seater, even though it was billed as such.
  • There's no adjustment for the driver's seat and the steering wheel adjusts for rake only, so getting comfy might not be easy.
  • Cars with a manual gearbox are much nicer to drive than those with the CVT, but it's the latter that's the most common.
  • Cygnets are urban creatures which means they have to contend with lots of speed humps and kerbs. So check the tracking and look for damaged suspension.
  • An optional extra was a five-piece luggage set. If you can find a car with one of these it'll be the ultimate collector's accessory.
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