Skoda Citigo

The Skoda Citigo is a Volkswagen Up! with a Skoda badge and nose, Skoda have been 100% owned by Volkswagen since 1990, and as such you enjoy all the benefits of build quality and design without paying a premium for the VW badge. The Citigo makes up for a lack of cool simply by being better value than the competition that comes in the form of the Kia PicantoFiat Panda and Hyundai i10 nor is it as funky as the three door Fiat 500 or Vauxhall Adam.

 

The Skoda Citigo does drive extremely well and is comfortable for four adults and light luggage for a short trip, a fantastic trick from a car only three and a half metres long.  The only engine is a one litre three cylinder petrol that is available with 60 or 75 brake horse power, and both take over 14 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour and the larger one actually increases economy from 62.9 to 67.3 miles per gallon, a five speed automatic is available for both these engines that neither hampers performance or economy. There is a GreenTech 60 bhp (68.9 mpg manual gearbox) that drops the CO2 to 96g/km making it free of London congestion charging and zero rated for car tax.

 

The Skoda Citigo comes in three levels of comfort, the S, The SE and the range topping SE-L, as with its Volkswagen sibling, the entry level trim is embarrassingly sparse, steel wheels, manual windows and no air conditioning, nothing short of a disgrace. The SE adds electric front windows, a rev counter and manual air conditioning but you keep the steel wheels, you have to move on to the SE-L trim to add alloy wheels, the lovely PID, a bluetooth and sat nav enabled clip-on 5″ touch screen media interface, heated front seats, a leather steering wheel and gear-knob covering. The Mote Carlo has 15″ wheels, lowered suspension, front and rear spoiler as well as the PID system.

In short the Citigo is a delight in the top trim, SE-L, and nothing short of seats and a steering wheel in the basic ‘S’ trim. Shame as its a nice car and appears good value until you open the door,  however if you are after an automatic then the plush Citigo Elegance is a top pick.

 Summer Best Buy – Skoda Citigo 5 door 1.0 petrol SE-L 75bhp Automatic  –  £57.00 Per Week  (you receive £1.00 Mobility Payment per week)