WLToys 20404 Agility (In-Depth Review)
The WLToys 20404 Agility is a 1:20 scale RC car that’s great for both indoor and outdoor driving. It is also available in two other canopy designs.
While 1:12 scale or larger RC cars such as the JJRC Q39 Highlander are great for tackling off-road tracks outdoors, they’re not much fun when driven indoors especially when you live in a small house or apartment. The Agility and its 1:20 scale size occupies the sweet spot between being too large to be driven indoors and being too small for the outdoors.
The Agility featured in this review was kindly sponsored by GearBest and at $50 shipped, offers plenty of value in a compact package that doesn’t skimp on driving fun.
- 1:20 scale
- Proportional steering and throttle control
- Brushed motors (with pre-installed heat sink)
- Four-wheel drive
- 40km/h maximum speed (claimed)
- Approx 10 to 15 minutes drive time
- Independent suspension
- Aluminum-reinforced chassis
- Rear-mounted wheelie stabilizer wheels
- 7.4V 500mAh Li Po battery
- 100m control distance
- 2.4GHz gun-type controller
- Realistic rubber tires
- Replaceable canopy (available in 3 different designs)
It may not have a brushless motor, cooling fan, oil suspension dampers and other premium features but the Agility is a lot of fun to drive thanks to its good power-to-weight ratio which is slightly better than entry-level 1:12 models such as the Q39.
There is also a bit more emphasis on quality compared to other bigger sub-$100 RC cars — the Agility has a chassis that features aluminum parts for extra stiffness. There are also aluminum parts in the transmission and suspension systems which is not what you’d normally get on larger RC cars in the same price range. Overall quality is pretty good although the canopy doesn’t feature slots where you can install headlights.
The supplied gun controller features reasonably good ergonomics and features a steering trim as well as a throttle trim. The throttle trim allows you to limit the amount of power the car’s motor can unleash. Turn it all the way to the left (counter-clockwise) and the Agility will perform like a tame entry-level RC car. This setting is best for those who are still new to RC cars and are still learning how to operate them properly.
Turn the throttle trim all the way to the right (clockwise) and you’ll release the full power of the motor. In this setting, the Agility performs like a mini beast with four-wheel drive. Press the throttle too hard when taking a corner and it’s possible to topple it over. That is how much torque and power it has when unrestrained. At full throttle power, the Agility can also perform wheelies albeit short ones. These short burst wheelies typically last about a second. The Agility even has roller wheels at the rear to help it stabilize itself when popping wheelies. Thanks to these stabilizer wheels, it is able to push forward without toppling over backwards during a wheelie.
Thanks to its smaller 1:20 size, the Agility has a smaller turning radius which means it can take tight turns easily when driven indoors. This makes the Agility, as mentioned earlier, a very nice RC car to be driven indoors as well as outdoors. When driven outdoors on off-road terrain, the Agility’s independent suspension and rubber tires do a good job in traction. The Agility can take pretty much any off-road terrain except for the steepest of climbs. It is, however, not waterproof, so driving over puddles of water is not a good idea if you own one.
At just $50 shipped, the WLToys 20404 Agility makes a nice RC car that can be driven indoors as well as outdoors. At full throttle power, the Agility is a beast when driven hard and can pop wheelies like a champ. Throttle power can also be tuned down if you prefer a more subdued driving experience. With that said, the Agility is a pretty versatile RC car that can suit both experienced RC car enthusiasts and beginners.
The Agility also has an impressive power-to-weight ratio, particularly when compared to other sub-$100 models which are bigger such as the JJRC Q39. Pit the Agility against the larger Q39 in a tight indoor circuit and it has a high chance of outperforming the Q39.
There aren’t many weaknesses that I can think of for the Agility apart from its canopy which doesn’t feature mounts that allow you to install LED headlamps. It does not feature a motor cooling fan, waterproofing or a brushless motor but then again this is a $50 RC car.
The Agility is an RC car that I’d recommend if you’re looking for one that is versatile and can suit both beginners and experienced users. Click here for more details about the WLToys 20404 Agility at GearBest.