Skoda’s first foray into the city car sector is a cracker. The Citigo is an urban tot with the same platform as the VW up! and the SEAT Mii.
It might just offer the best value of the lot, especially in the pokey but eco-friendly 1.0 75PS GreenTech guise. It’s a genuine contender for class honours straight out of the crate.
All three cars spun off this chassis, up!, Mii and Citigo, have one thing in common; an almost uncannily good ride. In order to make a vehicle ride well, it usually helps if it has a long wheelbase. The Citigo doesn’t. Its 2.42m wheelbase is admittedly good going for a city car, but it’s what the engineers have done with suspension design and componentry that really makes the little Skoda soak up road imperfections like a family hatch.
The 75PS version of this car offers exactly the same 95NM torque figure as its 60PS stablemate but is a little faster, as you’d think it should be. Rest to sixty occupies 13.2s on the way to 107mph. So if you’re choosing a Citigo for anything other than pure urban duties, this more powerful engine is definitely the one to go for. Good steering, high levels of grip and strong brakes mean that the little Skoda offers more than the usual city car fare for keener drivers.
There are three and five-door bodystyles on offer and unlike some five-door city cars that look uncomfortably cramped in profile with a set of rear doors, the Skoda still retains a clean shape. All versions of this car are built in the same Slovakian factory and build quality seems very strong. The dashboard is simply designed, with a clear instrument binnacle and a high-mounted pod that houses the ventilation and audio controls.
There’s no reach adjustment on the steering column which is a minor grumble but otherwise there’s aces of space and adjustability up front. The five-door model has no more rear space than the three-door and while there’s no shortage of headroom, it’s inevitable that in a city car, rear legroom is pinched if there are taller people up front. The boot is a generous size at 251 litres, which is some recompense.
The Skoda Citigo does everything it needs to and more. If its importers can keep prices razor-sharp, it’ll fly out of the showrooms.