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Skoda Citigo Hatchback verdict

2012 - 2019 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by James Dennison Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 18 May 2023

Should you buy one?

Though it’s been around for more than five years, the Skoda Citigo still feels fresh thanks to a mid-life facelift. That little nip-and-tuck has kept the smallest Skoda in fine form, and despite many newer rivals being available the Citigo remains one of the best-value, best-driving city cars on the market.

The Citigo is arguably missing in some key areas compared with its more up-to-date competition. There’s limited scope for personalisation, and the Citigo also lacks a turbocharged engine to provide a little more grunt in faster traffic.

That being said, the sole engine on offer is available in two states of tune, giving buyers a little choice. It’s also an excellent unit, with a characterful exhaust note and the potential to return impressive fuel economy.

For those on a budget, stripped-down S models offer strong value – though stepping up a level will bring more than enough equipment for most. At the top end, it’s possible to equip the Citigo with some big-car features such as heated seats, climate and cruise control or a glass roof, though the best value is to be found lower in the range.

Where the Citigo excels is practicality. Its boxy shape lends itself to carrying four adults with more alacrity than many vehicles in this class, and there are three or five-door options available too. The boot is also a very useful shape and size.

The Skoda dealer network is excellent and finance deals are very competitive – there’s nearly always a deal to be done with regular deposit contributions or 0% APR options.

Put simply, the Skoda Citigo is still one of the best city cars on the market despite its advancing years. Ideal as a first car for new drivers, a town runaround or a second car for larger families, it should be near the top of your city car shopping list.

Skoda Citigo rear three quarter