If keeping costs low is a priority, any Citigo will fit the bill. But if you’re trying to save money wherever possible, the entry-level 1.0-litre 60hp Greentech will return the highest economy and costs less to buy than the 75hp version.
The non-Greentech version only costs around £300 less to buy in the first place, so it may be worth going for the stop-start-equipped Greentech for those lower CO2 emissions.
Company car drivers that, perhaps, need to venture out of town from time to time should look to the 75hp version. It’s not massively faster than the 60hp, but it’s marginally happier to sit in gear and pull rather than need to change down in traffic.
Small but perfectly powerful
This little difference makes it that little bit more pleasant to use on a longer journey, too. Happily, it sits in the 18% BIK band like the lower-powered versions of the Citigo, except for the ASG automatics which are in the 19% band.
Performance enthusiasts are better to look elsewhere for a hot city car. With a 1.0-litre TSI engine fitted in the Up with 90hp, and a hot GTI on the way, the Citigo is more about sensible driving around town.
However, you can go for a Monte Carlo model which adds black wheels and some black chequered flag detailing around the car to give the look of a go-faster model, but with the added benefit of a frugal engine under the bonnet.
The best Skoda Citigo hatchback models
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI Monte Carlo
(Tested: September 2017)
The Citigo might have been around for a while now, but there's no denying its huge appeal for anyone looking for a no-nonsense first car. The 2017 Monte Carlo benefits from the light-touch facelift that saw this popular city car gain an updated front bumper, headlights, and a few other tweaks.
In terms of how it drives, handles and performs, it's very much business as usual, and detailed in the individual drive impressions detailed below. But in essence, the Monte Carlo's core appeal is its simplicity to use, interior quality, good looks and – in comparison with its Volkswagen Up sister car – bargain list price.
What comes as an unexpected surprise with this version is just how good it is to drive. It might be a cliche, but the Monte Carlo offers a real go-kart drive. It sits on 15mm-lowered and stiffened suspension, while firmer anti-roll bars reduce body roll in the bends. Think of it as a Czech-shaped modern incarnation of the classic Mini-Cooper.
It can nip into gaps with ease and park in tiny spaces without worry. Large windows all round make for great visibility, too, while ensuring passengers don’t feel claustrophobic. But the car's real strength lies in just how grown-up it feels once you're on the motorway – it sits happily at the legal limit, and thanks to its comfortable seats and great driving position, it will happily do the inter-city thing, too.
Would we go with the overtly sporting Monte Carlo version? Depends. If it's a city car only, you'll have just as much fun – and more comfort – in the SE version. But if you're a keen driver, and get out into the countryside, the Monte Carlo is worth the extra cost, especially with that 75bhp engine under the bonnet.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 75hp Elegance Greentech
Tested May 2012 (by Lewis Kingston, Consumer Journalist)
Sharing its platform with the VW Up and SEAT Mii, the Citigo is designed as a charismatic and simple, yet capable and refined compact car.
Under the bonnet lies a 75hp 1.0-litre MPI Greentech engine with 95Nm of torque. It might sound like a vast amount, but thanks to the Skoda’s low weight, the 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in 13.2 seconds.
The Skoda is perfectly capable of nipping around town, and has just enough pace to keep you entertained. Its power is delivered smoothly through a precise five-speed manual gearbox.
Externally, it’s smart and presentable, and most definitely a compact car which helps make it easy to park and manoeuvre.
Inside, what immediately strikes you is the sheer amount of room on offer in the front. It’s a comfortable cabin with enough room for four and a small amount of luggage.
Build quality is impressive, with solid-feeling materials used throughout and with some thoughtful finishing touches. Equipment levels are good, with top-spec models coming particularly well-specified.
On the road, it rides very well and it takes corners at a sensible speed without issue. There isn’t much in the way of feedback through the steering, but it’s well weighted and precise.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI SE
Tested June 2012
Under its snub-nosed bonnet is a 60hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol that can accelerate to 62mph in 14.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 99mph.
A higher-powered 75mph version is available, which will appeal to those who need a little more go from their Citigo, for example if you are regularly stopping and accelerating to 60mph around city limits.
It represents very good value for money. Just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean that there have been compromises made elsewhere. The car’s interior is well-built and neatly detailed, while the materials and trim feel hard wearing and durable.
It feels like a more expensive and larger car inside. This feeling is bolstered by low wind and road noise levels, meaning you don’t have to raise your voice to speak to your passenger at speed.
The only notable issue is that during hard acceleration, or at low speeds around town, there is some intrusive noise from the engine and gearbox.
Overall the Citigo is a great choice for those who want a competent small car. Its appeal is further enhanced by its engaging character and low running costs, as well as the fact you can realistically use it for longer journeys. If you do this regularly, go for the 75hp version, though.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI SE Greentech
Tested February 2012
For fleet drivers that rarely venture out of inner cities, the attributes they look for in a car is vastly different to your typical high-mileage saloon driver. The ability to zip through traffic and park easily is far more important than a long range and massive boot. There is one thing all fleet drivers have in common: the demand for low running costs.
The Citigo is fitted with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine producing 75hp. It comes with a five-speed manual gearbox and some clever Greentech efficiency-boosting systems. These help the tiny Skoda boast CO2 emissions of 98g/km.
This helps keep company car tax costs down to a manageable level, plus fuel economy is great. Skoda claims it can average 67.3mpg on the combined cycle.
One of the main attributes it boasts is an excellent ride. It’s incredible how well the chassis absorbs bumps and potholes in the road – the Skoda simply shrugs them off and carries on.
Through corners there’s a fair amount of grip available, and only becomes flustered when taking corners at higher speeds. The steering is light and direct, but lacking in feel. This does make it very easy to park and manoeuvre in tight spaces though.
Inside, it’s fairly basic but it’s built from good quality materials. The front seats are comfortable and stylish, and there’s just enough room for four adults.
You could do worse than a Skoda Citigo if you’re looking for a city car with ultra-low running costs and genuine driving ability.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI Sport
Tested August 2013
Skoda introduced the Citigo Sport to appeal to youngsters and, as such, kept the power output down to appeal just as much to insurers. The styling additions won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the sports styling kit is a convincing and subtle package.
It all results in a purposeful look, but it’s still more suited to the city than the open road. The 1.0-litre engine is willing enough, but with 60hp it needs working hard. You’ll have to gauge overtaking manoeuvres carefully and be realistic about your pace.
Skoda Citigo hatchback model history
June 2012 – New Skoda Citigo goes on sale in three- and five-door body styles, powered by either 60hp or 75hp versions of a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol motor. An ASG automated manual gearbox is available on both, with Greentech eco versions also available. At launch, it’s available in S, SE and Elegance trim levels and is the cheapest out of the VW Up/SEAT Mii/Skoda Citigo trio.
February 2013 – Citigo Sport added to the range, adding sportier styling touches and more equipment to regular SE trim. Available just with the 60hp engine and in a choice of red, white or black exterior paint with contrasting graphics.
May 2014 – Based on SE trim, the Citigo Monte Carlo goes on sale with black exterior design touches and lowered suspension. Portable Infotainment Device (PID) is standard and it comes with the 1.0-litre 60hp engine.
October 2015 – Citigo Black Edition goes on sale with 60hp 1.0-litre engine. Comes with black or white paint and black alloy wheels, it features Citigo Entertainment pack, touchscreen media system and air-con.
March 2016 – Colour Edition added to the line-up, powered by the 60hp engine and based on SE trim. Available in red, white, black or green with black alloys, it comes in a choice of three- and five-door body styles.
June 2017 – Facelifted Skoda Citigo available to order in S, SE, Colour Edition, Monte Carlo and SE L trim levels. Both 1.0-litre engines remain, and tweaks include revised front bumper, grille and light design, as well as new technology and equipment features inside.
Buying a new Skoda Citigo hatchback
- Low prices should mean great deals
- Skoda usually offers tempting finance
- Go easy on personalisation
The Citigo is an extremely popular city car choice due to the fact it’s so appealing to urban-dwellers, as well as people looking for a practical second runaround.
Skoda’s dealers are – on the whole – very pleasant to deal with, so it’s likely buying a Citigo will be a pleasant and hassle-free experience, plus there’s always a deal to be done so it’s worth chancing your hand at getting a great finance deal. There are regularly deposit contributions available, or maybe you’ll haggle to have one or two optional extras thrown in.
Many could be tempted to add several options to their Citigo in the way of colours and personalisation, but we’d issue a word of warning – keep it restrained if you plan to sell it on again. What appeals to you may not appeal to someone else.
Models with the smartphone dock – SE and above – are likely to be more desirable, especially among youngsters, while Colour Edition and Monte Carlo models will also appeal with extra visual edge.
SE L comes packed with kit, but this is the only model you can get with the 75hp engine. As such, it’s the most expensive.
Buying a used Skoda Citigo hatchback
- Should be easy to find a used Citigo
- Prices are low, value high
- Aim for 75hp version
The Citigo holds such broad appeal as a new car, attracting young and old drivers alike, so make sure any models you’re interested in are all in tip-top condition. A car used by a first-time driver may have had a couple of bumps and scrapes in car parks, and the wheels may have had some interaction with a kerb at some point.
Check that any remedial work has been done properly, and don’t buy one that doesn’t have a comprehensive service history. There will be plenty of choice out there, and due its low purchase price, there will be some temptingly low-cost options on the second-hand market.
Despite its higher price when new, the 75hp Citigo should be within easy reach as a used buy, so try to seek out one of these. This also means you’ll get yourself a more practical five-door version, which is likely to be more appealing if you come to sell it further down the line.
Selling your Skoda Citigo hatchback
- Make it stand out from the crowd
- A good quality set of pictures is essential
- Ask the right price
Since there are a lot of Citigos on the market having been around for a good few years, it’s worth making sure you make yours stand out from the crowd.
Basic things like making sure it’s fully cleaned, inside and out, well-serviced and free from damage could help it attract a potential buyer.
Also try to ensure you keep all of the relevant paperwork, such as the service history and MOTs, so the new owner can be sure of the car’s provenance.
When creating your advert, make sure you get a Parkers Valuation so you’re asking the right price for it, and take a high-quality set of pictures to show it off in its best light. If there’s anything different about your car, then let it be shown in the advert, and be honest about any damage that’s present.