What is the Skoda Citigo?
The Skoda Citigo is the smallest and cheapest car in the Czechs’ range. It’s a city car, or tiny hatchback designed to slot below the Fabia - something to rival the likes of the Ford Ka+, Peugeot’s 108 and the Hyundai i10.
It might be small on footprint, but it’s actually big on desirability in this sector and its cleverest trick is to inject some real polish to what can be a that’ll-do category of car.
You can - just about - squeeze four people in to a Skoda Citigo, but this car’s apt milieu is in fact the urban landscape, where it’ll be used for short hops and town duties. It does what it says on the tin, see?
- Top speed: 101-107mph
- 0-62mph: 14.4-16.7sec
- Fuel economy: 64.2-68.9mpg
- Emissions: 96-100g/km
- Boot space: 251-959 litres
Which versions of the Skoda Citigo are available?
This is a compact and easy range to understand. The trim levels are as simple as you might expect, stretching from S through SE, SE L, Colour Edition and Monte Carlo specs, each level bringing a few extra toys and gadgets to keep you pampered within the compact cabin.
The simplest Citigo is pretty spartan inside: the S trim comes with two Isofix child seat fittings on the rear chairs, tyre-pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes and stability control, plus a simple radio, but not a lot else.
Engine wise, there’s only a three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine available, with two states of tune: choose from 60hp or 75hp outputs. The former can feel quite weedy, the punchier engine has just enough go to feel quite fizzy as you thread through the crowded urban sprawl.
Skoda Citigo styling and engineering
The Citigo is a small, boxily-designed car and one that is all the better for it. This is all about squeezing maximum space out of minimum footprint. The Skoda is in fact near-identical to its inhouse triplets, the Volkswagen Up and SEAT Mii - the three were born as part of the same city car project. Such are the economics of the smallest car category that this trio only exist because they rely on widespread commonality.
The Citigo is quite a serious-looking car, but you can at least choose from two bodystyles: Skoda will sell you either a three- or a five-door bodystyle; that choice is unusual in this sector. You’ll pay £350 more for the extra pair of doors, so weigh up how often you’ll use them before deciding is our advice.
Underneath the sober exterior is a simple front-wheel drive platform with straightforward mechanicals and very little to go wrong.
Is the Skoda Citigo good to drive?
You won’t be disappointed by the Citigo’s driving manners. It’s a thoroughly mature small car to drive, with a pleasing fluidity to its ride and handling - and it’s right-sized for Britain’s crowded townscapes. It’s perfect for popping into tight parking spaces in busy city centres, too.
That three-cylinder engine (the only choice available) has quite a character, too. Triples tend to sound distinctive and this one doesn’t disappoint, with just a hint of turbo whoosh on the more powerful 75hp motor if you wind it out.
You’ll be comfy enough up front, but your passengers in the back may be rather squashed if you have a tall driver up front. And the boot space is pretty tiny - but then, what do you expect in a tiny car not even breaking the 3.6m length barrier? You have been warned…
How much does the Skoda Citigo cost?
This is the cheapest Skoda on sale today and prices start at less than £9,000 if you’re looking at list prices. It’s decent value, and usefully cheaper than its VW Up sibling.
Seen in that light, you can also lease a Citigo for surprisingly low monthly payments.
See what drivers of the Skoda Citigo have to say about their city cars in our user-generated owners’ reviews.
Skoda Citigo Model History
Current generation Skoda Citigo 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.
The Skoda Citigo has changed little in its eight years on sale. First launched in 2011, it’s now entering its twilight years - and all the signals coming out of the Czech Republic suggest that it won’t, in fact, be replaced, as the VW Group looks to row back from its small car stronghold. It’s hard to make decent profits on cars of this size and it’s likely to be replaced by something fully electric. Expect something of a departure from today’s Citigo, in other words…