The car handles tidily and accurately, and with strong grip and precision for one so small and high-sided. The Citigo’s steering is light and a little uncommunicative, and doesn’t inspire the kind of agility you’ll find in a Hyundai i10 or Fiat Panda, making the Citigo a little dull and uninvolving to drive at times. There’s also a choppiness to the Citigo’s low-speed ride that disappoints in comparison to the outstanding rolling comfort of the VW Up, and a slightly lower-rent, workmanlike feel to some of the Skoda’s cabin fittings relative to the Volkswagen. As with the VW, you don’t get reach adjustment on the steering column of the Skoda, either.
Should I buy one?
Perhaps it’s because the Citigo is more conventional than we’ve come to expect from Skoda’s cars over the last decade, but in a class in the midst of a new metal explosion, it seems to lack a little originality and an outstanding selling point. And while it’s good value, it’s also not cheap enough to be considered the class-leader on price, either.
Bottom line? For an extra four-hundred quid, you’d have the VW.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 60 SE
Price: £8530; 0-62mph: 14.4sec;
Top speed: 99mph;
Engine type, cc: 3cyl, 999cc, petrol;
Power: 59bhp at 5000-6000rpm;
Torque: 70lb ft at 3000-4300rpm;
Gearbox: 5-spd manual