Review

Skoda Citigo hatchback

Price  £8,275 - £11,120

Skoda Citigo hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Great value
  • Big-car quality
  • Space for four people
Cons
  • Not exactly fast
  • Sparse entry-level model
  • Not the best for long journeys

At a glance

Our Pick
1.0 MPI 75PS SE L Greentech 5dr £10,815
The greenest
1.0 MPI 60PS SE Greentech 5dr £9,845
The cheapest
1.0 MPI 60PS S 3dr £8,275
The fastest
1.0 MPI 75PS SE L Greentech 5dr £10,815
Top of the range
1.0 MPI 75PS SE L ASG 5dr £11,120

"The Skoda Citigo is a thoroughly grown-up, well made city car that still knows how to have fun."

The Skoda Citigo, along with the Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii, forms part of a trio of VW Group city cars. Although they’re almost identical, the Citigo is our favourite, as it does everything as well as the other two, plus Skoda has a superb customer-service record, scoring very well in owner satisfaction surveys.

Apart from the up! and Mii, other key rivals for the Citigo are the Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10, Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, Toyota Aygo and Renault Twingo. The Skoda shares its boxy looks with its two sister models, but that does mean it's surprisginly spacious inside for such a small car. As the Citigo is so small, it's ideally suited to town and city-centre driving. However, it's also smooth and refined on the motorway – something that can’t be said of all its competitors.

Under the bonnet, there's a choice of two different versions of a small three-cylinder, 1.0-litre engine. The less powerful 59bhp engine comes in both regular and extra-efficient ‘GreenTech’ versions, while the 74bhp one is GreenTech only. The two GreenTechs are exempt from road tax.

Skoda Citigo trim levels begine with the S, which has a fairly limited amount of standard kit. That's fine if you only want the basics, but we much prefer the SE, which adds useful stuff like air-conditioning, electric front windows and remote central locking. If you want the more powerful 74bhp engine, however, you have to step up to the plusher and more expensive SE L trim.

That version of the Citigo adds a removable sat-nav screen and is offered with either the 59 or 74bhp GreenTech engines. There are also stylish Colour Edition and Monte Carlo (pictured above) specs, although they, too, are limited to the less powerful engine.

MPG, running costs & CO2

5 / 5

The Skoda Citigo hatchback is economical and eco-friendly regardless of which engine or trim you choose

Engines, drive & performance

3.9 / 5

The Skoda Citigo hatchback feels grown-up for such a little car and is great around town

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

Space for four plus more luggage room than you might expect makes the Skoda Citigo hatchback surprisingly practical

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

The Skoda Citigo hatchback has more boot space and interior room than you’d expect in a car this size

Reliability & safety

4.2 / 5

The Skoda Citigo hatchback lives up to the brand’s reputation for high quality and decent reliability

What the others say

4.3 / 5
based on 4 reviews
5 / 5
“Crowned the Auto Express Best City Car of 2013, the Skoda Citigo is as spacious as the VW up! – and cheaper.”
4 / 5
“The Skoda Citigo is one of the best city cars around – it's great to drive, well built and cheap to buy and run.”
8 / 10
“A more smart-price interpretation of the brilliant Volkswagen Up!”
8 / 10
"The Skoda Citigo doesn't feel as classy as the VW Up, but then it is slightly cheaper. And like the Up, the Citigo is safe, efficient and good to drive."
What owners say 
4.3757575757576
4.4 /5 based on 33 reviews
76%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
15 Feb 2016
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