Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

2012 Aston Martin Cygnet Review

 

Pint-Sized Luxury Car

A front view of a 2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante

In short: A fuel-efficient luxury micro car.


M
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.

Read our book review: Aston Martin: Ever the Thoroughbred

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


QUICK SHEET
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

Brakes:
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

 

Check out other Aston Martin models
See all of our Automobile Reviews
Visit the Aston Martin website

Photography: Aston Martin

PNW072811  

Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, GAYOT's favorite superfoods promote wellness and help combat cancer and other health threats.

While it can be hard to separate the trash from the treasure when it comes to self-help books, these tomes are admired for their insightful advice.