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Used Skoda Citigo (Mk1, 2012-2019) review - How much will it cost?

Excellent fuel economy and low insurance are just a couple of benefits of Citigo ownership

Low running costs and a strong demand for affordable city cars combine to keep used prices relatively high, especially on cars still covered by Skoda’s three-year warranty. Prices are lower for older versions and will almost certainly be cheaper than an equivalent VW up!. The other thing to consider is that the Citigo is more common than the SEAT Mii, so it should be easier to find the car you want.

Prices

A basic Citigo cost around £9,000 in 2019, with Skoda asking £11,000 for a top-spec Colour Edition. Good prices, especially in the context of the more expensive VW up!.

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Today, you can buy an early Citigo S or SE for around £3,000 – or even less if you’re prepared to put up with a few battle scars and missed service intervals. A Citigo registered in 2019 will cost up to £11,000, which highlights the strong demand for used examples. You’ll pay more for a used VW up!, but it’s worth remembering that it will also retain more of its value.

You can check out the latest used prices for the Skoda Citigo on our sister site BuyaCar.

Economy and CO2 emissions

The Skoda Citigo costs less to buy than its Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii sister cars and none of the three is expensive to run, so you can expect real-world fuel economy in excess of 50mpg in mixed driving. CO2 emissions are low, too, especially on later models with the GreenTech package of enhancements, which includes low-rolling-resistance tyres and a stop-start system to help save fuel.

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The entry-level 1.0-litre 59bhp engine returns up to 55.4mpg on the latest WLTP test cycle and emits 96g/km. The more powerful 74bhp is nearly as good, with economy of up to 53.3mpg on the WLTP test and 97g/km of CO2. You’ll probably never notice a difference between the lower and the higher-powered versions at the pumps.

Running costs

All Citigos need servicing after 9,000 miles or 12 months, with the first two check-ups costing £179 and £249.

From a car’s third birthday the maintenance regime moves to a fixed-price menu, with services alternating between minor and major, at £169 and £279.

The brake fluid needs changing after three years, then every two years, at £54. It’s recommended the cambelt is replaced every five years, at £399, although there isn’t a set interval. Various service plans are available, up to the point when a car has covered 120,000 miles. These cost between £19 and £22.50 per month.

A low list price and tiny engines make the Citigo a favourable prospect with insurance companies. It starts in group two; some models with more equipment move up to group three, but no model is higher than group four. Mind you, whatever way you look at it, that’s still extremely low and the Skoda is a cheap car to insure in any form.

It’s a pretty similar arrangement for the Citigo’s sister cars, the SEAT Mii and the Volkswagen up!, both of which start in group one. The Toyota Aygo, by contrast, starts in group three, and while that’s still unlikely to cost a packet, it’s two groups higher than the Skoda from the off.

The Citigo’s low price means there’s little in the way of cash to lose in the first place. Even so, it does well in terms of depreciation: our experts have calculated that the Skoda will hold on to 42-47 per cent of its original value after three years, depending on which model you go for.

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