It shares its engines, gearboxes, underpinnings and chassis components with its more premium VW-badged sibling and rival, so, setting aside the badge differences, how do you distinguish a Citigo from an Up?
Telling the Citigo apart from the VW Up
There are some minor styling tweaks – notably to the front-end treatment, the shape of the front headlamps and the rear side-window. The Citigo’s finned grille set in a chrome-plated frame is a scaled-down version of that seen on the MissionL concept car, and shows the stylistic way forward for the Czech marque’s ever-expanding range.
A 2017 facelift, saw the front grille tweaked, the front and rear bumpers modified, which has extended the length by 34mm, and the bonnet was given a semi-aggressive bulge, while the majority of changes have been made to the alloy designs and body colour choice - with the spring green which accompanied the little Citigo at its launch replaced with a more pleasing-on-the-eye Kiwi Green.
Other changes have been minimal from the original car, with the interior given a much needed boost. Gone was the Garmin-powered sat nav unit which acted as the Citigo's multimedia infotainment system, and it has been replaced with a 5.0in colour display and a smartphone dock complete with a USB port and Skoda's Move&Fun app which combines sat nav, bluetooth connectivity, radio and driving data all from your phone's display.
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.