Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The second generation was launched at Frankfurt in 2007.
It’s a five door five seat microvan and it’s design was applied by Chief Designer Uwe Miller who wanted to give more charm without making any compromises to its practicality. More room was added inside the car and it can be felt even for the passenger who sits in the back. For the market segment the future does not look bad: the small MPV segment exploded in the last ten years in the West and Central Europe and the numbers show a growing trend to over a million in the next 8 years.
In 2015, the Opel Agila was replaced by the Karl model.
Opel tried to gain the small segment with a vehicle fit for the narrow Japanese streets and built it together with Suzuki in Hungary.
Opel and Suzuki joined their forces and produced the Agila/Wagon R in Europe. It was a bold idea, but the customers were not that happy. Even though that, on paper, it had all the necessary to meet the Europeans needs, it lacked the design that could make it a sales-winner.
The biggest problem was with the design. With a short length and a tall construction, the Agila was far to be considered handsome by the European customers. A flat and tall fascia with an almost non-existent front overhang was very useful in tight parking spots. In the back, a well-placed mirror could help the driver see the rear bumper, but that was not even on the options list.
The interior was minimalist, with a two-level dashboard, which featured a lower shelf for both front passengers. Opel supplied the Agila without a stereo unit to the dealers to install one and gain some extra money from the small MPV. On the base trim level, there were four cranked windows and no air-conditioning. Only the full-options versions received with power windows and an AC unit.
Under the hood, Opel installed a choice of four engines: three gasoline and a turbo-diesel. Fiat supplied the latter as part of an agreement with General Motors. The only transmission available was a five-speed manual.
A rebadged version of the Suzuki Wagon R-Wide, the Opel Agila was a city car produced by the German carmaker from 2000 to 2014.
The first generation was released in 2000 and was sold in over 444,000 units worldwide.
While the exterior design was rather dull, the Opel Agila was mostly bought for its practicality. The small MPV was ideal for crowded city transportation thanks to the low fuel consumption it offered. While most city cars were offered in a 3-door configuration, the Agila’s extra 2 doors enhanced its practicality.
Inside, the cabin was fitted with good quality materials. Everything was well laid out, the controls were intuitively placed and easy to action, while the black on white gauges were easy to read. The cloth upholstery was available in different colors to personalise the Agila according to the buyer’s taste.
While practical within city limits, the Agila wasn’t at home on twisty roads or highways. Due to its unusual height, the car’s stability was affected and body roll was present.
The Opel Agila could be equipped with a 1.0-liter or a 1.2-liter gasoline engine, the latter developing 75 hp, just enough to deserve the nameplate of Agila (“agilis” in Latin, agile). Both units were mated with a 5-speed manual transmission.