Skoda Citigo

The Essentials

  • Price from £7,630
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 68.9mpg
  • What is it? The Skoda Citigo, which is Skoda's version of the Volkswagen Up, is a fantastic city car whichever way you look at it

Great

  • Pint-size car with grown-up driving manners
  • Simple, smart, well-built interior
  • Cheap to buy and to run

Gripes

  • Lacks the stylish looks of its VW Up cousin
  • Smaller engine can struggle at higher speeds
  • You have to lift luggage over a high boot lip
  • Drive

    A very grown-up city car thanks to excellent ride and refinement

  • Inside

    Solid and simple - just what you want

  • Safety

    Comes with plenty of safety measures

  • Reliability

    Should stand the test of time

  • Space

    City cars don't come any roomier

  • Standard and extras

    All the kit you expect for the money

  • What's it like to drive?

    You can choose from two 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines, one with 59bhp and one with 74bhp. They're nippy enough for urban trips though neither is exactly quick, and both need some hard revving for hills and motorways. The more eager 74bhp copes better at motorway speeds.

    The Citigo rides over potholes and speed bumps remarkably well. A tight turning circle and light, precise steering helps make it easy to manoeuvre. The steering also offers enough weight to make the car feel secure on faster roads.

    A bit of road and wind noise creep into the cabin at motorway speeds, and the engine is a little bit loud, too. However, it's nowhere near as buzzy as the three-cylinder engines in other city cars, and the Citigo is impressively quiet at low speeds.

  • What's it like inside?

    The Citigo's uncomplicated dash looks mature and feels upmarket, with plenty of high-quality materials and fixtures. There are a few flimsier areas, but only the areas out of direct sight feel noticeably cheaper.

    There's loads of space up front, and enough in the back for two adults to sit comfortably; the five-door model makes access easy. The boot is big for a city car, and the seats drop easily to create a load capacity as good as some bigger cars. However, the boot opening has a high lip that you have to lift luggage over.

    The most basic S trim has power steering and daytime running lights, but we recommend going for SE, which adds electric front windows, smarter looks, stability control, remote locking and air-conditioning. On top of that, Elegance models add alloy wheels, heated front seats and Skoda's portable infotainment unit: an onboard computer, sat-nav, Bluetooth and multimedia player combined in a removable device that slots into the top of the dash. There are Isofix points on the two rear seats and both have top tether points.

  • How reliable is it?

    Although the Citigo is a cheap car, the interior fittings are solid all round. Skodas are generally reliable, too. The Citigo picked up five out of five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, scoring 89% for adult protection and 80% for child safety. Standard kit includes four airbags, stability control on all but S models, and anti-lock braking, while cost options include a city braking system that applies the brakes automatically if it senses an impending shunt. However, the curtain airbags don't extend to the rear seats and you have to pay for the option to manually switch off the front passenger airbag in conjunction with a safety pack.

  • Should I buy one?

    It's not the cheapest city car available, but it offers good value for money and it's a cheaper alternative to its VW cousin, the Up. Future values should remain strong, too. The top-spec Elegance trim is pricey, but it has all the equipment you'll need.