Skoda Citigo (2012 - 2019) review
The Skoda Citigo is an impressive all-rounder and a front-runner in the city car class
The Skoda Citigo is one-third of the VW Group's trio of very similar city cars, with the Volkswagen Up and SEAT Mii sharing the same underpinnings. The Citigo was the second, after the VW, to receive some mid-life updates in 2017.
All three cars offer a smart design inside and out, a surprising amount of space for their size, and are cheap to buy and own. However, it's the Skoda that has the lowest starting price of the three. Given there's little difference in how they look, what they're like to sit in and the way they drive, it's the Skoda that represents the best value. It's not hard, then, to see why it previously won our City Car of the Year five years on the trot.
Despite the changes, the Citigo continues with the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine it has always had, with either 59bhp or 74bhp. While it's far from fast, it is willing and means the Citigo is brilliant for ducking in and out of city streets. It’s also surprisingly quiet and comfortable on faster roads, while decent handling ensures it’s a superb all-rounder for a city car.
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Factor in its versatility and grown-up driving dynamics, and the Skoda remains a top choice for motorists who want to cut costs without compromise.
The Skoda Citigo is the smallest car for sale in the Czech manufacturer's range, and it's a great choice in the city car sector, whether you're buying new or used. It shares running gear with the SEAT Mii and more expensive VW up!, but the great-value Citigo seems to fit the city car brief best.
Skoda Citigo prices start from just under £9,000, although that's for the basic Citigo S - the better specced Citigo SE and Citigo SE L versions we'd choose start from around £10,200. All cars have either three or five-doors, with the latter is around £350 extra, which is well worth paying for its added versatility.
Front-wheel drive is standard across the range with a three-cylinder petrol engine in two power outputs and a five-speed manual gearbox for all models - if you want an automatic, then you're going to need to look at the used market, as there isn't an auto currently available. Your other option is to wait for the all-electric Citigo e iV which is due later in 2019.
At the moment, the Citigo comes in 60PS and 75PS forms with 59bhp and 74bhp respectively. While these are pretty modest power outputs, both cars are lively to drive, while low emissions mean they're cheap to tax, too, with no Citigo having emissions of more than 97g/km.
The range comprises S, SE, SE L and sporty Monte Carlo trims, while the Colour Edition is a special model that adds a bit more style to the mix. All models are available with the 60PS engine, while the 75PS version is only offered in SE L spec.
The city car class is a hotbed of collaboration between manufacturers. The Citigo shares 90 per cent of its mechanicals with the Mii and up!, although the latter does come with a turbo petrol engine or electric drive, as well as a racy GTI, and the whole range is pricier, too.
Elsewhere, the Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo are built in the same factory and offer a more youthful look, the Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto look different, but are virtually identical underneath, while the Renault Twingo and Smart ForFour are similar to each other, although the latter is electric now. Slightly larger city cars to consider include the Fiat Panda, Ford Ka+ and Vauxhall Viva.
In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Skoda Citigo is an impressive all-rounder and a front-runner in the city car class
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Skoda Citigo is perfect for driving around town, and it's not bad on faster roads, either
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Skoda Citigo's lack of showy gadgets and frugal petrol engine ensures costs are kept to a minimum
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Skoda Citigo's cabin is functional and well built, but it's not as funky as a Renault Twingo's
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt's small on the outside, but the Skoda Citigo is surprisingly spacious and useable
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Skoda Citigo has been a regular near the top of our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey