Skoda Citigo hatchback

£8,275 - £11,120

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.