The Aston Martin Cygnet is the entry-level Aston Martin car which is best suited for city commuting.it has been rated as the most controversial car of 2011 by many automobile magazines.Most people believe that it is not fit to wear the iconic winged badge of Aston Martin.But it is the best way to have an Aston Martin in your garage if you cannot go for the high-end luxury Aston Martin cars.The car is over priced at £30,995 for manual transmission and £32,115 for automatic transmission for a hatchback which sports a Toyota IQ engine but the price is justified by the exterior and interior style taken care by the iconic car maker.No two persons have the same taste in every aspect Aston martin may have thought of it very seriously and offered the car with an infinite color palette for the exterior and interior and Aston also promises that they will match customers specific color if they bring in a sample.So this ensures that every Cygnet has a different interior/exterior combinations.
Aston Martin has changed the exterior trims and Aston Martin also stated that they have used the same number of trims and hides on the Cygnet like they use on their high end cars like Aston Martin DB9.The iconic front grill and abstract proportions and elongated side strakes make the car feel like a sporty hatch back from the looks.The metallic paint job is awesome and is quite up to the standards of Bigger Aston’s.
The engine is an Toyota engine to reduce the development costs Aston may have opted for the IQ engine.The chassis is also untouched from what has been used in the Toyota IQ.The 1330cc four-cylinder, 16 valve,engine produces around 97 bhp @ 6000rpm and a 92 lb ft @ 4400 rpm the engine has a top speed of 106 mph and the gear box is not different from the IQ .The car engine feels smooth for city riding as it was well optimized for city riding.The car has a six speed manual gear box with which the car can accelerate from 0-100 in a non impressive 11.8 secs non impressive in the sense not as impressive for an Aston Martin and also not justifiable for a $45,000 car.The Automatic CVT transmission is little better than the manual which reaches from 0-100 in 11.6 seconds.The CO2 emissions are very ow at- 116 G/KM [6-SPEED MANUAL] and – 120 G/KM [CVT].With less CO2 emissions the motive of Aston Martin is fulfilled as this car was manufactured by Aston Martin with a view of cutting on CO2 emissions and which lowers company’s total emissions.And Aston to be able to produce more V8 and V12 powered cars.
Steering and Suspension:
The cygnet has Rack and pinion servotronic speed sensitive power assisted steering.The steering wheel has a tilt and reach adjustment.
- Front Macpherson strut system
- Rear torsion beam
combined with the rack and pinion steering wheel offers better ride quality and comfort.
Wheels and tyres:
The Cygnet has 16 inch 8-spoke graphite painted diamond turned alloy wheels and the tyres are front and rear Bridgestone B250 175/60 R16is better suited for the car.
- Front ventilated disc brakes 255 mm diameter
- Rear solid disc brakes 259 mm diameter
Although the brakes are no match to Monobloc four piston calipers used on high end Aston Martin these brakes are sure enough to control the Cygnet easily.The brakes are also coupled with safety features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution),EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), and Traction Control along with Vehicle stability control+ (VSC+).
- 50:50 split rear seat.Which can be folded for convenience and removable head restraints for the rear passengers
- front SRS air bags for Both driver and passenger.Knee air bag for driver
- SRS curtain shield air bags on four windows
- Front seat belts with 3 point ELR with pre-tensioners and force-limiters
- Rear seat belts with 3 point ELR
- Seat belt warning for driver,passenger and rear seat occupants.
- Isofix child restraint system
- Automatic climate-controlled Air conditioning
- Hand stitched steering wheel with steering mounted Audio switches
- Portable satellite navigation system with Blue tooth mobile connection
- Hand stitched leather Gear shifting knob
- Power windows
- Key less entry for driver,,passenger and boot
- Key less start
- Multi information display:Audio,Average speed,clock,outside temperature,current and average fuel consumption
There is an industry news that Aston was not able to produce the Cygnet as for the customer demand.This shows that the car is well received and if one is not willing to buy a high end Aston and just wants a new Aston in his garage the Cygnet can be the best priority.And those who owns an Aston can take this small car while riding through the streets.This is the most affordable Aston Martin for those who can’t buy the Bigger and high powered Aston Martins.
There are infinite color patterns for the Cygnet and combined with the fact that Aston can math the color choice of the customers.There are lot of interior and exterior color combinations.Some of the standard Exterior colors are shown below.