Capable and great value city car feels grown up
- Excellent value
- Low running costs
- Practical for its size
- Interior quality
- Limited engine range
- Strength of its rivals
- Too dull for some
- Lack of personalisation
The Skoda Citigo is the Czech firm’s first venture in to the world of the city car. Based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Up and SEAT Mii, all the ingredients are present to make it a capable car that appeals to a broad spectrum of society – it’ll suit first-time drivers and mature drivers in equal measure, and even makes a surprisingly practical second family car thanks to some neat interior touches.
It’s up against some incredibly stiff competition, though, not just from within the VW Group. With cars like the Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10, Ford Ka+, Fiat 500, Peugeot 108 (and its Toyota and Citroen counterparts) all offering varying degrees of style, space, comfort and low costs. It’s more difficult than ever to choose a city car, in short.
Dinky size, dinky running costs
The Citigo is the smallest car in Skoda’s growing range, and equally possesses the lowest running costs, as it should. Its duo of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines are low on power but also low on fuel consumption, so running a Citigo day-to-day shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Equally, finance costs are likely to be favourable as Skoda regularly offers decent savings on the list price, as well as deposit contributions and other incentives. This sort of thing will be of huge appeal to many Citigo buyers who may be looking to keep costs to a minimum.
High-quality, spacious interior
In 2017, Skoda updated the Citigo with the same interior treatment that Volkswagen gave its Up for its mid-life facelift. While there’s a familiar air to it, there’s a new dashboard with slick new controls for the radio and heating – no touchscreens as standard, but a really crisp and clear set-up that feels a cut above its entry-level rivals.
It all feels nicely put together as well, with appealing materials used for the majority. There are some harder plastics lower down the interior, but the Citigo is a cheap car and it’s more upmarket inside than many of its competitors.
There’s plenty of space on offer, too. Four adults genuinely fit with ease thanks to its practical shape and well-designed interior. Boot space is useful at 251 litres, with an adjustable boot floor available.
If you want to personalise your CItigo, various trim combinations can be specified for the interior, which helps keep it fresh among a growing number of customisable alternatives.
Despite its dinky dimensions, the Citigo performs like a much larger car on the road. That’s thanks to a very composed ride with well-damped suspension and a planted feel.
It’s also very easy to thread through a city centre, to park and to comfortably sit on the motorway (once you get up to speed).
The Parkers Verdict
A little nip and tuck mid-way through the Citigo’s life has kept it in fine form. It remains one of the best-value, best-driving city cars currently on sale, with more personalisation options than ever. It’s practical, too, and comes with all the kind of equipment most could ever want or need.
The engines need working hard to keep pace with faster moving traffic, but that’s unlikely to be of great concern to most buyers. Throw in good finance deals and it should remain near the top of your city car shopping list.
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