The Skoda Citigo is a neat little City Car that shares its platform with the Volkswagen Up! and the SEAT Mii, even the shell is very similar. The Citigo is a refined little car that is very practical in cityscapes. The Citigo is in competition with other City Cars like the Citroen C1, the Peugeot 108 and the Toyota Aygo, the Hyundai i10 and the Opel Adam.
There is one petrol engine available to the Irish market and it offers various outputs between 59 bhp and 74 bhp. This is a 1.0 litre MPI engine and according to Skoda it can take you from 0-100 km/h in 13.2 seconds and it has an on-paper top speed of 172 km/h. The car feel nippy in cities but things feel slower when climbing to motorway speeds. For that reason we would recommend going for the punchier 74 bhp option.
One of the great things about cars like these is just how easy it is to get around towns. They’re very easy to park and generally better on fuel economy too. However, it’s not as if you’ll be able to get through the traffic any quicker. This vehicle is very small and it’s not surprising that it handles twists, turns and corners well. This vehicle doesn’t suffer badly from body roll either. The steering is accurate and responsive too.
Unsurprisingly the Skoda Citigo is not overly refined. It’s a City Car and traditionally they all let in some road and wind noise. The Citigo’s engine can be heard grumbling as it makes its way up to motorway speeds. While the Citigo can be boisterous, it would not be much different from the majority of City Cars that we have driven. By their very nature vehicles of this sort are generally not as well-padded as larger saloon cars.
The interior is very similar to that of the Up! and the Mii. It’s very basic but it is laid out well. The dash is full of plastic but it is presented nicely. The stereo and infotainment system is basic too and very easy to use. The seats are not the most comfortable that you are likely to find but they won’t be leaving your back in a bad way and the same can be said about the back row. The steering wheel is not massively adjustable but the seat positioning is good.
In 2011 the Citigo achieved five stars in the Euro NCAP. For adult occupancy it scored 89% and for child safety it achieved 80%. Pedestrian safety returned a result of 46% whereas safety assist achieved 86%. The Citigo has an emergency brake function that monitors traffic within ten metres in front of the car at speeds of up to 30 km/h. If the vehicle senses an impending accident it automatically applies the brakes.
This little car is very practical in the way that it will get you where you need to go without much fuss. Anyone who purchases a car like this will know that space is limited and that it’s not the most comfortable car for bringing a family of five on a road trip. The space to the front is excellent and two adults could fit in the back seat. The boot offers more space than many of its competitors with 251 litres.