Aston Martin Cygnet (2010 – 2013) Review

Aston Martin Cygnet (2010 – 2013) At A Glance


+A brave move for Aston Martin, but needed to reduce its corporate average CO2 emissions. Ideal for the city.

-Ludicrously expensive at £30,000, considering it is essentially a Toyota iQ.

The Aston Martin Cygnet 'luxury city car' - originally shown as a concept car in March 2010 - went into production in 2011 at the company's Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire. Based on the Toyota iQ it was designed to be an urban runabout for Aston Martin owners but more crucially, allows firm to reduce its average CO2 emission levels.

The Cygnet was described by Aston Martin as city car 'that sets a new benchmark for compact luxury, building upon nearly a century of experience building high performance sports cars, luxurious long-range grand tourers, and extremely competitive racing machines.' It will certainly be a shock to see a small city car with an Aston Martin badge on, but with an almost unlimited palette of materials, colours and textures, each hand-finished Cygnet will be truly unique.

The cabin is not only luxurious but equipped with the latest systems including a HDD sat nav system, a music hard drive and an iPod dock.

Power from the larger 99bhp 1.3-litre engine from the iQ, so claimed NEDC fuel economy of around 58.9mpg if the Toyota us anything to go by, while emissions should be 113g/km of CO2 so £30 tax. At just three metres long it's ideal for busy cities like London and can fit into tiny parking spaces, but still offers decent passenger room for three adults.

Aston Martin planned to sell 4,000 Cygnets per year to buyers who have either already bought one of their sports cars or are in the process of purchasing their first. This made the Cygnet one of the most exclusive small cars on the road and the expected £30,000 starting price kept it that way.

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Which small city car has the luxuries of a larger car?

"I am looking for a small car for city use with the luxuries of a large car. Is there such a beast? "
Citroen DS3, or wait for the forthcoming Peugeot 208 XY. Or the completely ridiculous £30,000 Aston Martin Cygnet, which is a tiny Toyota IQ dressed up to look like an Aston Martin to try to lower Aston Martin’s corporate average CO2 and reduce its EC fines:
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I want a Toyota IQ - is it worth buying the 1.33 automatic?

"I fancy a Toyota iQ - do you think it's worth going for the 1.33 automatic? Most of my driving is in town and I'm fed up of my big BMW 535D. Also, do you know if there will be any modifications to the car (better interior plastics etc)? Anything else you think I should know?"
No. The 1.0 is fine and the 1.0 CVT auto works well. See the test and video on this site. If you want a full blown iQ, go for the Aston Martin Cygnet at something like £25,000.
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