The engine powering the Skoda Citigo
Engine-wise, there are two 1.0-litre petrol offerings, one with 59bhp and the other with 74bhp. Both produce 70lb ft of torque from the naturally aspirated, all-alloy, 12-valve unit and come with a five-speed manual gearbox, although an automated sequential gearbox is available. Greentech versions are also offered, which deliver marginal improvements in efficiency thanks to lowered suspension, low rolling-resistance tyres and other minor upgrades. One disappointment is that the 1.0-litre TSI engine available in the Up, isn't avail
Safety equipment includes a head-thorax side airbag – a first in any Skoda, let alone the smallest one – and the City Safe Drive (CSD) brake assist system. At speeds up to 19mph, CSD uses a laser sensor to automatically slow the car if it senses there is a danger of a collision.
As for the other standard equipment, the entry-level S model comes with 14in steel wheels, two speakers, manual ventilation controls, an infotainment system complete with USB connectivity, SD card slot and a CD player, and electric front windows.
Upgrade to the SE and you'll find 14in alloy wheels, darkened rear lights, body coloured wing mirrors and door handles, LED day-running lights, manual air conditioning, height adjustable driver's seat and Skoda's latest infotainment system with a 5.0in colour display and smartphone dock fitted as standard.
Choosing a Colour Edition Citigo allows you to choose whether you have black or white 15in alloy wheels, metallic paint, front foglights and tinted rear windows.
The sporty looking Monte Carlo model gets black 15in alloy wheels, lowered suspension, an aggressive-looking bodykit, a leather steering wheel, floor mats and lots of red interior trim, while the range-topping SE-L trim gets 15in alloy wheels, chrome door handles, leather clad steering wheel, gearstick and handbrake, rear parking sensors, heated front seats and electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors.
Testing the Skoda Citigo's city car credentials
The Citigo is willing and peppy to drive, well engineered and ticks all of the car-about-town boxes. In 74bhp form, the three-pot, 999cc engine is quite refined and, as well as its urban prowess, feels capable of handling motorway cruises without any fuss. But don't discount the 59bhp version, which with the same peak twist as its more powerful sibling, is equally gutsy and refined, happily taking motorway cruising in its stride.
The light-but-precise electro-hydraulic power steering reinforces the sensation that this is a fairly agile car that's easy to guide in and out of traffic. The Citigo's low- and medium-speed ride, however, isn't as outstanding as that of the related Volkswagen Up. Lower-end versions on 14in steel wheels cross uneven town surfaces with noticably less comfort and finesse than the most refined cars in the class.
Both cars offer decent fuel economy and are cleaner than their predecessors. In five-door form, the 59bhp car returned a claimed 68.9mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 96g/km of CO2, while the 74bhp version the same CO2 output and a simple combined cycle result.
In terms of layout, the cabin is sensibly thought-out, with all the controls in logical positions and easy-to-use switchgear. Taking centre-stage on the dashboard is a removable 5.0in multimedia device that can be used for navigation, as a hands-free phone or on-board computer, and is integrated into the car’s audio system. Some hard plastics on the dashboard, however, provide a reminder that this is a low-cost machine.