Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth system
  • Fuel gauge
  • Rev counter
  • Service interval indicator
  • Smart phone holder
  • Speed sensitive power steering

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • Aux-in socket
  • Radio/MP3 player
  • SD card slot
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 12V accessory power point in centre console
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Boot light
  • Delay courtesy light function
  • Directional air vents for side windows
  • Driver and passenger front seat pockets
  • Driver seat height adjust
  • Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder
  • Easy entry slide seats (access to rear seats)
  • Front head restraints
  • Glovebox
  • Height adjustable rear head restraints
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror

Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • ABS
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger head+thorax airbag
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • ESP
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Two 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • Remote control central locking+folding key

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

101

Noise Level dB(A)

71

NOx

0.009

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

999

Compression Ratio

10:5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

74.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

76.4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

64.2

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

74.3

EC Urban (mpg)

51.4

General

Badge Engine CC

1

Badge Power

60

Based On ID

Coin Description

MPI

Coin Series

SE

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

1E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

10

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

89

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

80

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

46

NCAP Safety Assist %

86

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Mileage

10000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

14.4

Engine Power - BHP

60

Engine Power - KW

44

Engine Power - RPM

5000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

70

Engine Torque - MKG

10

Engine Torque - NM

95

Engine Torque - RPM

3000

Top Speed

100

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

175/65 R14

Tyre Size Rear

175/65 R14

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

APUS

Wheel Type

14" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1478

Length

3563

Wheelbase

2420

Width

1641

Width (including mirrors)

1910

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

35

Gross Vehicle Weight

1290

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

951

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

251

Max. Loading Weight

436

Max. Roof Load

50

Minimum Kerbweight

854

No. of Seats

4

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

9.8

Summary

Some citycars sell on cute and cuddly virtues. This isn't one of them. Here instead, the urban runabout has grown up, become mature, got itself properly sorted. If that puts off the twentysomethings who'd prefer something more fashionable, then Skoda won't mind. There are plenty of others in search of an urban runabout with big car virtues and small car pricing, spacious, efficient and beautifully built. This, according to Skoda, is 'engineering excellence with a human touch' - a design someone's clearly thought very carefully about. For the Czech brand, it'll also help that their marketeers have thought equally hard about pricing. That sees this Citigo's value proposition looking strong alongside its SEAT and Volkswagen design stablemates. True, there are feistier citycars you could consider: maybe more charismatic ones too. But none that better deliver on the promise of two words that sum this Citigo up. Simply clever.

Background

It seems strange that a company like Skoda, which has forged a reputation for bringing us small, keenly priced cars, has almost no track record in the citycar sector. The Czechs have long had a history of bringing us superminis and family hatches but until the Spring of 2012, they'd never tried to sell us a properly compact urban runabout. With this car, the Citigo, all of that changed. It may have marked Skoda's entry into the class but it was soon obvious that this wasn't going to be a car content to merely dip its toe into the water. That was as expected. This was - and still is - a re-branded version of the much applauded Volkswagen up!, a car also marketed as a SEAT Mii. This Citigo though, has usually been able to trump its two stablemates with small but significant advantages when it comes to the all-important value proposition. Now its got a sleeker look and a much nicer cabin, it's even easier to wonder why you'd pay more for the Volkswagen alternative.

Driving Experience

So. What's it like, this small Skoda? Get behind the wheel and you've a solid, well appointed cabin that promises a solid, well appointed driving experience. Already, you sense, there's a depth of design here missing from this car's French, Korean and Japanese rivals. Most of these feature three cylinder 1.0-litre engines that are busily revvy at best and downright noisy at worst. A configuration shared here, but delivered with a bit more finesse. Fire the engine and a more refined thrum filters out from beneath the bonnet ahead. Not refined enough, it must be said, to quite let you forget the cylindrical imbalance under the bonnet. But then the characteristic offbeat rasp isn't unpleasant and rather suits this design's rather offbeat charisma. You'll certainly be hearing plenty of it if rapid progress is needed, for without a turbocharger to boost torque, this one needs to be revved quite a bit, peak power not arriving until 6,000rpm, only 600rpm shy of the red line. And if you're wondering quite how much power we're talking about, the answer is not a great deal in the mainstream 1.0-litre variants on offer, cars offering a choice of either 60 or 75PS outputs, with an identical 95Nm of torque either way. Most will be content with the base version, capable as it is of sixty in 14.4s on the way to 99mph, quite enough to keep up with the traffic. The performance gains offered by the 75PS variant seem relatively slight (0-60mph in 13.2s on the way to 107mph) but the unit is a little more refined.

Design and Build

So what's different with this revised model? Well, the front section has been subtly revised, so there's a new bonnet, a redesigned radiator grille, modified bumpers and updated fog lights, all aiming to create a fresher, younger look. The front headlights are fitted with LED daytime running lights and the fog lights come with an optional cornering function, which lights up the area the vehicle is turning into on junctions with poor visibility. Plusher 'SE' models get tinted tail lights too. The changes have increased this diminutive little car's body length by 34mm but it's still not much longer than a Fiat 500, yet offers far more room inside, space in fact for the four fully-sized adults who could never comfortably fit in the apparently space-efficient Italian car. How has this been done? By shortening the front and rear overhangs as much as the designers dared, something only possible at the front by mounting the radiator alongside rather than in front of the very compact engine. Talking of the interior, well it too has been upgraded with a smarter instrument cluster and redesigned seats. There are also a range of new radio and media connectivity options. Otherwise, things are much as before, with the tardis-like interior just as big as that of Skoda's far pricier and apparently much bigger Fabia supermini. Something you especially appreciate on the back seat. Both three and five-door models offer the same amount of rear passenger space and reach a standard that's impressive in this segment. It all means that there's comfortable room for two adults provided the journey isn't too long and there'd be space for three children if three belts were provided here. Unfortunately, there are only two, which is a little annoying. No complaints about luggage space though. Though there's a high sill over which you've to lump your stuff, once you get it in, there's a 251-litre capacity that's nearly twice what you get in a Peugeot 108, a Citroen C1, a Toyota Aygo or a MINI.

Market and Model

Pricing starts from just over £8,000 but most Citigo variants in the UK tend to be sold somewhere in the £9,000 to £11,000 bracket common to this kind of car. There's a choice of either three or five-door bodyshapes and five different trim levels - 'S', 'SE', 'SE L', 'Monte Carlo' and 'Colour Edition'. Avoid entry-level trim and with the base 60PS engine, you'll be offered the option of spending another £360 to get the more frugal 'GreenTech' version of that 1.0-litre petrol unit (the 'GreenTech' tweaks are standard on the 75PS variant). Even if you haven't a family, we'd want to look at paying an extra £350 to go from the three to the five-door bodystyle. Less crucial is the premium of around £400 necessary to progress from the 60 to the 75PS engine. But urban owners may want to look at paying just over £500 more for the ASG automatic transmission. Across the range, new-generation 'Blues' and 'Swing' radio packages offer more connectivity options - ranging from an aux-in socket to an SD card slot and a USB socket. A colour display, six speakers and a Bluetooth connection are added to the 'Swing' set-up. Using this, the system can be connected to the driver's smartphone, which is stored in a special smartphone holder on the dashboard. The apps running on the iOS and Android smartphone operating systems provide navigation, a driving data display, hands-free phone calls as well as playing music and the radio.

Cost of Ownership

This Skoda simply has to be super-affordable to run. It is. Thanks in part to a low kerb weight of only around 850kg, even the least efficient entry-level 60PS models will return a combined fuel economy figure of 64.2mpg, with emissions pegged at 101g/km. Figures you can improve to 65.7mpg and 100g/km by opting for the efficient ASG automatic gearbox, at just 30kgs in weight, one of the lightest auto gearboxes ever made. Those looking for better economy still in their 1.0-litre 60PS Citigo will be drawn inexorably to the 'GreenTech' model which features low rolling resistance tyres, a battery regeneration system and a stop start system that cuts the engine when you don't need it in traffic or at the lights. As a result, it can return an impressive 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and emit just 96g/km of carbon dioxide. Go for the slightly pokier 75PS variant and there's hardly any penalty at the pumps. Skoda includes its efficiency package (with start/stop and everything else) as standard with this engine, so the returns achieved - 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and 98g/km - are quite impressive for a car of this kind. Whether you opt for your Citigo with 60 or 75PS, the benefits of the efficiency package are important given that they take this car below the 100g/km barrier, delivering all kinds of tax benefits.