The Agila was built at a General Motors factory in Gliwice, Poland. The Suzuki Wagon R+ was built at the Suzuki plant in Esztergom, Hungary until 2004, and since January 2005 has also been built in Poland.
While many city cars such as the Ford Ka, Volkswagen Lupo, Fiat Seicento and Renault Twingo come with just three doors, the Agila came with five. It was as tall as Korean city cars such as the Hyundai Atos and Kia Picanto. The high roof-line and boxy image suited Japanese tastes of getting the most from a car of the smallest size. This however seriously affects the handling and ride of the car. If taken into a corner too quickly, it has serious amounts of body roll and wobbles side to side when driven next to large trucks or in cross-winds. But the car was not made for the circuit or motorways, but for city use, like Tokyo. The vehicle is ideal for the budget family motorist or for transporting tall people.
The second-generation Agila was officially announced on May 15, 2007, and was presented at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Suzuki sells this model as the Splash. The car is 200mm (7.9in) longer than its predecessor, that is bigger than traditional city cars and similar to small superminis and mini MPVs like the Peugeot 1007, Toyota Yaris, Renault Modus and Nissan Micra.