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2012 Aston Martin Cygnet Review


Pint-Sized Luxury Car

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In short: A fuel-efficient luxury micro car.

easuring in at a squat 10 feet, the all-new Aston Martin Cygnet is not only the runt of the British badge's luxurious lineup; it's also one of the smallest vehicles on the road today. However, what the Cygnet lacks in size, it more than makes up for in mileage. Based on the ultra-efficient Scion iQ, this stylish city car earns an impressive 56.5 mpg combined — far better than the other members of Aston Martin's fuel-hungry fleet. And for those worried about the prospect of an Aston Martin minicar, have no fear — the Cygnet has been given the full luxury treatment, including heated leather seats, satellite navigation and the iconic automaker's distinctive metal grille.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/unlimited-mile warranty; 3-year/unlimited mile drivetrain warranty; 10-year/unlimited-mile rust perforation warranty; 2-year/unlimited-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $50,000 (est.)

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine,front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 3-door hatchback

Engine: 1.3-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 97 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque:92 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,178 lbs
Wheelbase: 78.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 121.2/66.1/59.1 in

front ventilated disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes; ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution; emergency brake assist
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; torsion beam rear

Traction: vehicle stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 11.8 seconds
Top Speed: 106 mph

EPA Combined:
56.5 mpg

Safety: driver and front passenger front airbags; front and rear curtain shield airbags; driver knee airbag


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