The Opel Agila is a subcompact multi-purpose vehicle produced under the brand name Opel from Germany, but it is actually just a variant of the Suzuki Wagon R+ in its first generation and the Suzuki Splash in its second generation. Opel is Adam Opel Auto Group, a German auto manufacturer that is a subsidiary of General Motors. The company was founded in 1862 as a producer of bicycles but built its first car in 1899.
The first generation Agila was produced in Japan from 2000 to 2007 and comes with a higher roof line, turbocharged engine, and the addition of alloy wheels. Opel’s engine addition was smaller than Japan’s European version of the vehicle but was deemed much more powerful. The second generation Agila was introduced in 2007 and is a rebranded Suzuki Splash, though it was jointly developed by Opel and Suzuki.
The 2007 to 2015 Opel Agila has a larger body than the first generation. The body is a five-door hatchback with a slightly lower and more rounded profile. The Agila is best for city driving as opposed to longer road trips; the interior quality is not as good on the second generation as the same Suzuki Splash. It is a peppy little car that can be fun to drive and offers very good handling.
A new Opel Agila costs anywhere from $13,900.00 to $21,700.00 US dollars, depending on added features. Pre-owned models of Agila cost a lot less; the price primarily depends on mileage, model year, and running condition.
The car comes with either a 1.0L Inline-3 gasoline, 1.2L Inline-4 gasoline, or 1.3L Inline-4 diesel engine.
Transmissions are either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Size and Space Options
The Agila has a large comfortable cabin with plenty of head room. Leg room is good for front passengers but the two-passenger rear is a bit of a squeeze. The car has rear split fold-down seats, providing more cargo room than others in its class.
Control Panel and Display
The instrumentation is simple and driver-friendly with a fuel gauge and speedometer. Controls for stereo and climate are within easy reach. Plus, there are controls on the steering wheel.
The car comes with roomy adjustable seats and climate control for a comfortable ride.
While not available in North America, the car is easily found in most markets, both new and pre-owned.
The Agila comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.
Standard safety features offered by the car include three-point seatbelts, four airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, rear parking sensors, and emergency brake assist.
Interior features the car pride itself on include power windows, stereo with CD player, power locks, air conditioning, and height-adjustable steering wheel.
Exterior features that come pre-fitted in the Opel Agila include power and heated side mirrors, fog lamps, steel wheels, and body colored bumpers.
Accessories offered by the car include the likes of floor mats, cup holders, remote audio, metallic paint, and roof bars.
The car is fairly well-built, though the interior can feel cheap. Still, it is an affordable and reliable car.
This is NOT really a family car, unless you have young children. The Agila is more for a single person looking for their first car.
Overall, the Agila is a pretty good value purchase. It has an affordable price and the fuel efficiency offered by the car will save you money at the gas pump.
The Opel Agila is small but reliable car that can be fun to drive. It is affordable so if you’re looking for a first car, it deserves a look.