City car of the year 2015: Skoda Citigo

The Skoda Citigo is the 2015 Auto Express City Car of the Year, with the Hyundai i10 and Renault Twingo commended

For the fourth time in a row the Skoda Citigo has scooped our Best City Car award. The mix of cute looks, a spacious cabin, efficient engines and great value for money ensures that even newer cars such as Hyundai’s practical and upmarket i10 and the quirky but clever Renault Twingo have to settle for best of the rest.

For such a small car the Citigo is impressively refined, while the solid cabin and compliant suspension mean it feels more grown-up from behind the wheel than its size might suggest. As a result it’s great in its natural habitat, soaking up bumps and potholes around town without sending shockwaves through the structure. This relaxed ride ensures it’s also surprisingly good on long journeys. Even the entry-level 1.0-litre has enough punch to carry the Citigo along at motorway speeds, with a smooth power delivery.

Skoda Citigo Interior front

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It might have only four seats, but there’s plenty of room, and the Citigo’s 251-litre boot shames some cars from the class above. With a five-door option there’s no shortage of practicality, and the racier Monte Carlo model adds a sense of sportiness to this king of the urban jungle.

When it comes to kit the Skoda is a strong performer, too. Optional extras such as sat-nav and heated seats can be added for a relatively small outlay that sees the Citigo rival more expensive superminis for equipment in an affordable package.

Prices start from £8,275, and with many efficient models you won’t have to pay road tax. Low insurance ratings are the cherry on top and mean the Citigo will be incredibly cost-effective to run, which is why this smart-looking, practical and comfortable city car is still the best in its class.

Our choice

Citigo SE L 1.0 75 Greentech (£10,465)

Plenty of big-car technology on this top trim level means the Skoda feels even more grown-up inside. Although the SE L specification isn’t the cheapest available, it has even more of a premium feel than lesser versions and matches the mature driving experience.

Commended

Hyundai i10 UK 2014 front action

Hyundai i10

Downsized engines may have helped efficiency, but the latest i10’s upsized dimensions mean massive practicality, making it a superb city car. It’s more upmarket inside, more spacious and is still cheap to run, but it can’t match the Citigo’s polished drive and diverse line-up. However, Hyundai’s five-year warranty is a big draw.

Renault Twingo - front tracking

Renault Twingo

The rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive Twingo turned the city car sector on its head. It’s a funky-looking, versatile, chic choice that can easily cut it against more conventional competitors. The four-seater Renault is a real breath of fresh air, with plenty of customisation options that give it a big dose of personality.

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