Aston Martin Cygnet

The Essentials

  • Price from £30,995
  • What Car? says: 1 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 56.5mpg
  • What is it? Pocket-sized luxury car that's based on the (much cheaper) Toyota iQ

Great

  • Cheapest way to buy a brand new Aston Martin
  • Cheap to run and is well equipped
  • Easy to park and is good around town

Gripes

  • It's expensive considering it's a Toyota iQ with an Aston Martin makeover
  • You have to choose between passenger space or boot space
  • Did we say it's expensive?
  • Drive

    Great in town where it's easy to park; not so much fun on the motorway

  • Inside

    Limited seat adjustment and awfully fiddly controls

  • Safety

    Nothing missing here

  • Reliability

    Toyota's input should keep you out of the workshop

  • Space

    It's tiny but makes the most of what it's got

  • Standard and extras

    Great kit inside, but you're paying a high price for it

  • What's it like to drive?

    For popping to the shops where parking is tight, the Aston Martin Cygnet makes a lot more sense than taking your DB9. However, the Cygnet drives just like the Toyota iQ it's based on. That means bright-eyed and bushy-tailed performance in town, with more lolloping at higher speeds where the light steering doesn't help and the body leans through corners.
    With the automatic gearbox changes are smooth and speedy unless you floor the throttle, which will leave the engine gasping.

  • What's it like inside?

    The drive may be all Toyota iQ but inside almost every inch whispers 'hand-crafted Aston luxury' beguilingly into your ear. There may be limited seat and wheel adjustment and realistically room for only three (or two plus luggage). But these are just details; look at that immaculate stitching, the gleaming aluminium detailing and stroke that soft, soft leather upholstery.

  • How reliable is it?

    Toyota is responsible for much of the Cygnet's build, so reliability should be good. It hasn't been crash tested but the closely related Toyota iQ scored the full five stars which is reassuring. Excellent safety features include traction and stability control as well as front, side, curtain and a driver's knee airbag.

  • Should I buy one?

    We can't think of a good reason to buy a car this small for this much money, even if it is an Aston Martin. If you simply must have one, at least running costs are reasonable, with average fuel economy of 56.5mpg and emissions of 116g/km.