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The Opel Agila is a mini MPV (although the first generation of the model was represented as a city car), which was manufactured between 2000 and 2015. The Agila was initially built on the basis of the Suzuki Wagon R, later on the Suzuki Splash. Did the automaker manage to reveal their individuality building the Agilas or they failed and dissolved in the merits of their partners?
The Opel Agila of the first generation (2000-2007) very much resembles the Suzuki Wagon R. However, in the second generation (2007-2015), more Opel/Vauxhall’s (as it’s known in the UK) personality is felt.
The Agila looks modern and neat. Having no extraordinary feature, it makes people turn heads when it drives by. Its interior design is very simple and sophisticated at the same time. There’s nothing in excess. There aren’t flashy colours, quaint shapes, or useless equipment in it. Everything is finished with taste and a driver and passengers’ comfort in mind. An instrument cluster is legible, meaning it’s easy to use with no need to distract oneself from the road, a gear lever and pedals are perfect distance away from a driver, exactly where they should be, while a steering wheel is very comfortable to hold.
It’s unbelievable that a mini car has such seats – they are so comfortable and supportive that it seems they are taken from some luxury vehicle. No matter where you sit, you won’t be tired even from a faraway journey in the Agila.
Although the Opel Agila doesn’t boast of outstanding dimensions (It’s a mini, remember?), it provides much head- and legroom front and back, leaving its rivals behind. Its boot capacity also impresses. There’s more cargo space than in its rivals even with the rear seats in place. When they are folded flat (that’s very easy to do, with the help of a lever), the Agila is the possessor of the most spacious boot in its class.
The Opel Agila, mounted on a modified Suzuki Swift’s platform, can have one of two engines under the bonnet: either a 1.0-L 3-cylinder motor or 1.2-L 4-cylinder one. They can be teamed up with a 4-speed automatic (available for the first time on the Agila) or 5-speed manual transmissions. While a 1.0-L engine may be annoying and somewhat problematic (its work is accompanied with unusual roar), to drive an Agila propelled by a 1.2-L engine is sheer pleasure: it’s quiet, easily handled, and behaves like an upper class vehicle.
The Opel Agila isn’t just stylish outside and inside, spacious, and comfortable but also fuel-efficient. Official figures tell that a 1.0-L engine saves more fuel than a 1.2-L one running 60.1 and 55.4 mpg respectively. In reality, both engines are almost equally fuel-efficient covering about 44-50 mpg, depending on a driving style and road quality. An Agila with a 1.0-L engine emits 109 g/km of CO2; the auto with a 1.2-L motor paired with a manual gearbox makes 118 g/km of CO2 while the one with an automatic gearbox emanates 131 g/km of CO2.
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