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Skoda Citigo review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

It's small on the outside, but the Skoda Citigo is surprisingly spacious and useable

The Skoda has interior space that almost embarasses some superminis. Its cabin is packed with useful storage areas, including a large glovebox, a decent cubby hole in front of the gearlever and deep bins in the front and rear doors. Mid-level SE models and upwards get pockets in the front seats, too.

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You sit upright in the Skoda, which makes for a comfortable (if un-sporty) driving position and good visibility. It also makes it feel like a larger car than the small proportions suggest. 

Access to the rear in the three-door version is straightforward, thanks to the relatively long doors, and head and legroom are generous. However, the pop-out rear windows will be frustrating for passengers wanting a blast of fresh air. The Citigo is available as a three or five-door car, but as the more practical model is just £350 more, it’s the one to go for.

There are plenty of storage areas, and the Citigo is available with some of the brand’s Simply Clever additions, such as the smartphone holder that forms part of the Media Pack and costs around £150. There's also the option of an umbrella under the driver's seat, door bins with bags, and an ice scraper - a total of 16 Simply Clever features can be had. 

Size

The five-door Citigo is 3,563mm long, 1,645mm wide and 1,478mm tall (the three-door model is 4mm slimmer but that’s all). That makes it very similar in size and shape to the Hyundai i10, though longer and wider than the Toyota Aygo

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Both the three-door and five-door versions are strict four-seaters, but those in the back get just enough space for their legs and plenty of headroom.

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Occupants in the back get more legroom than those in the rival Kia Picanto and the rear doors open wide, so it isn’t difficult to get in and out. Given the size of the Skoda, it does surprisingly well in this area and will accommodate four adults easily enough.

Boot

Opening the tailgate reveals a 251-litre boot, which can be extended to 959 litres (951 in the three-door model) by folding the standard 60:40 split rear bench. That’s not bad at all when you consider the size of the Citigo and it’s streets ahead of the Toyota Aygo’s 168-litre boot, though the Hyundai i10 just pips it at 252 litres, and only the Ford Ka+ and recently revised Dacia Sandero offer markedly more space for the money.  

You don’t get a totally flat load bay, but you can solve this by adding the £65 variable boot floor, which also creates a handy hidden storage compartment. This involves lifting up the boot floor to reveal an extra area beneath it, which is handy for tucking away smaller items such as shopping bags. For an extra £55, you can also have a luggage compartment cover and a boot net that helps to keep loose items pinned down. 

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