- Skoda's entry-level city car gets a light facelift
- Kit upgrades including Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Connectivity functions added to its infotainment system
The Skoda Citigo, which shares its underpinnings (and much of its body) with the Volkswagen Up and SEAT Mii, will be receiving a light facelift in 2017. The car will be shown for the first time at the Geneva motor show in March.
It's a light faceflift, even though Skoda describes it as 'being presented with comprehensive upgrades to the exterior'. More interesting are the new safety features, connectivity options and infotainment improvements.
What new looks?
In reality, the changes to the box-like styling of the Citigo's styling are rather limited. There's a new bonnet, a redesigned radiator grille and restyled bumpers. New kit, but it looks pretty much the same as it was.
There are new tail lamps as well as some lurid colour options. The headlights are fitted with LED daytime running lights with an optional cornering function. As we say, it's a light facelift.
What new kit?
Skoda's Automatic Emergency Braking setup, known as City Safe Drive, is being rolled out on the Citigo. It works between 3-19mph, and will fully apply the brakes in a slow-speed emergency – hopefully avoiding an impending accident.
It is also being offered with a new two-colour dashboard, which houses redesigned instuments. The happily-named Blues and Swing radio models get connectivity options – ranging from an aux-in socket to an SD card slot and a USB socket.
You also get the option of using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Inside, there are many more storage compartments in the centre console and glove compartment, bottle holders and practical storage nets on the front seats.
How does it go?
With the entry-level 1.0-litre MPI with 60hp, Skoda says it will get from 0-62mph in 14.4 seconds, and top out at 100mph. More importantly, it averages 68.9mpg on the combined cycle.
It's also available with 75hp, which drops the 0-62mph time to 13.5 seconds, and on to 107mph. The claimed fuel consumption is also 68.9mpg. There are no official price details yet, but expect them to remain largely similar to the current model, reflecting similar thinking with the revised Skoda Octavia.