The Aston Martin Cygnet may be a small car, but it breaks that rule of a compact model coming at a cheap price. This baby Aston model is double the price of a Toyota iQ and is priced at over £30,000. Majority of its components, such as the chassis, suspension, engine transmission, and body have been donated by the Toyota iQ. The extra investment on the Cygnet guarantees owners a bespoke and hand-fitted interior as well as body mods that are unique to the Cygnet’s visual identity, such as the aluminum grille that has helped establish the Aston Martin’s name.
The Cygnet sets itself apart from other Aston Martin in its size. At three metres long, it is the smallest in the brand’s history. This also makes it the company’s first dedicated city car, but also the slowest of its models at its 11.5 seconds mark for a 0-60mph sprint. But why would Aston Martin bother with such a model then?
The Cygnet fulfills the need for inner city transport that also offers luxury on the side. The model also provides an efficient fuel economy at 54mpg and a manageable 120g/km CO2 output that will manage your paid taxes. Although these figures are typical of a small car, these figures are more practical than the DB9’s.
The Cygnet houses the same 1.33-litre petrol unit as the Toyota iQ. Along town roads, its quite liverly but it tends to struggle as soon as the speed goes faster. The engine is matted with a five-speed manual gearbox as its standard. But you can also have it with a CVT box.
Since this vehicle shares many parts with the iQ, the Cygnet is still very much so in terms of ride and handling. The Cygnet really performs the best on city roads, assuring accurate and light steering all throughout. Then there’s the shopping-trolley turning circle that you can only believe exists as soon as you make that turn. Cruising is usually refined along motorways even if its overall performance doesn’t count as its top feature.
The design impresses with its glass-like paint finish, which employs the same finishing technique as the £150,000 Aston. The luxurious exterior seeps into the plus interior that features a first-quality carpet and hand-bag quality leather covering every surface. Form and function also go hand in hand with the Cygnet’s clear instrument graphics, the polished alloy gear-gate, the metal intner door handles, and the bespoke alloy shift lever.
The downside to the Cygnet’s ride is its choppy handling. The ride has a tendency to run out of front-end grip. Then there’s some body lean as you turn into that bend. Wind and road noise from the door mirrors also tends to be heard inside the cabin, especially when you extend them. The five-speed manual gearbox that comes as a standard also tends to be fiddly. Thankfully the other CVT automatic transmission is able to quickly pick up as soon as you pull away. But it does have the tendency to thrash the engine once your foot is put down.
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