Skoda Citigo hatchback

£8,275 - £11,170

The Skoda Citigo, the Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii are a trio of VW Group city cars. Although they’re almost identical, the Citigo is our favourite, as it does everything just 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 surprisingly 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.

You can choose between two different versions of the small three-cylinder, 1.0-litre engine. Both the 59 and the 74bhp versions of the engine are available as GreenTech versions, with an automatic engine stop-start feature and brake energy recovery system. These systems reduce the Citigo's environmental impact and GreenTech models are exempt from road tax.

The entry-level Skoda Citigo is the S, which has a fairly limited amount of standard kit. It's a good basic offering, but we much prefer the SE, which adds air-conditioning, electric front windows and remote central locking – features which many people find essential. If you want the more powerful 74bhp engine, however, you have to step up to the plusher and more expensive SE L trim.

The Citigo SE L adds a removable sat-nav screen and can be chosen with the 59 or 74bhp GreenTech engines. There's also a stylish Monte Carlo (as seen in our photos) version, although that model is limited to the less powerful engine.