Toyota iQ, a car you can purchase for almost one fifth of the price. But this alone shouldn't disqualify it from Spotted status. The Toyota's mechanicals are as good a place to start as any, and amazing cars are based on much less special ones all the time.
The Cygnet may not boast a widebody kit - though it undoubtedly looks much smarter than the iQ - or have an extra few hundred horsepower, but that's not what it's about. Where this Aston's performance lies is in coddling its occupants in the manner to which they are likely accustomed, whilst providing an urban practicality and frugality with which they are unlikely to be so familiar.
As far as city cars go then, the criteria they're measured by and what's required of them, the Cygnet is as much of a step up over its rivals as any other Aston Martin. And it's equally as head-turning, too. You may think that sounds ridiculous, but it's true. Fewer than 150 were sold, so it's as rare as an Aston should be, and the superior lustre of the paint, the handsome facelift and the Aston Martin badge on the bonnet stop many a passer by in their tracks to take a another look. "It can't be, can it?"
So who's it for then? Well, around five years ago you could pick one up with under 10,000 miles on the odometer for around £15,000. The example we have here has a similar mileage for more than double the price, so it seems the Cygnet is appreciating just like any other rare Aston Martin.
They'll likely find their way into the collections of investors and diehard enthusiasts then. Having failed to fulfill their purpose as a practical every day Aston, they'll find a second lease of life as curio car investments for display purposes only. But even still, you do see one knocking about on the streets of London or Paris from time to time, and it's always makes you stop to take a second glance. What could be more Aston Martin than that?
SPECIFICATION - ASTON MARTIN CYGNET
Engine: 1,330cc, 4-cyl
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 98@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 92@4,400rpm
First registered: 2013
Recorded mileage: 10,000
Price new: £30,995
Yours for: £33,654
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