The demands placed on city cars grow ever more exacting with each passing generation.
Time was when a city car needed only to be small, economical and cheap to insure. No longer.
The latest Vauxhall Agila must also satisfy those demanding better safety, higher quality, lower emissions and classier styling.
First impressions look good. On paper, it looks equipped to tick all those boxes.
Although Vauxhall are once again sharing technology with Suzuki, this time round things are being worked on a rather different basis.
This is no outdated hand-me-down, the latest Agila sporting a bang-up-to-date chassis and three engines that are certainly class competitive at the very least.
The line up opens with a 64bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit and continues with a punchier 85bhp 1.2-litre powerplant.
This engine is also offered with the option of an automatic gearbox which would certainly take the strain out of nose-to-tail city traffic.
In summary, as long as you get the right variant at the right price, this is everything an urban runabout should be.
Cheap to run, fun to drive, economical and smartly styled. Whether you are looking for a first car, a family runabout or something for retirement it is certainly well worth a look.
The Agila might not be the most fashionable urban scoot out there, though that does depend on personal taste - but it could very well be the best.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Vauxhall Agila range
PRICES: £8,495-£13,345 - on the road
INSURANCE GROUPS: 2-3
CO2 EMISSIONS: 109-131g/km
PERFORMANCE: [1.0] 0-60mph 14.7s / Max Speed 99mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.0] (urban) 47.9mpg / (extra urban) 64.2mpg / (combined) 56.5mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: twin front and side airbags, ABS, EBA
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/height 3740/1680/1590mm.