They say some good things come in small packages and so it would seem with the new Skoda Citigo. The Skoda Citgo is built on the same platform and indeed shares pretty much all of its components with the VW UP, and Seat Mi as all three brands fall under the mighty Volkswagen, Audi Group (VAG).
Road Tested By Hugh Maguire.
The new Citigo then is the Skoda version. Its a very compact, five door car powered by a 3 cylinder 1.0 petrol engine with either 60bhp 0r 75 bhp power outputs depending on what you opt for.
There are three trim levels, Active, Ambition and Elegance.
So this week I am road testing the Citigo Elegance with the slightly more powerful 75bhp petrol engine.
For such a compact vehicle it cleverly manages not to look like a “Noddy Car”!
Indeed it is quite smart in a cute sort of way. It is small but stylish. It is available in some cheeky bright metallics and more conservative colours too.
Behind The Wheel
The simple cabin is impressive for its neat and functional layout and typically solid Skoda (or VW) build quality. I found the driving position to be just fine and all round visibility proved excellent. Standard equipment is decent too with front electric windows, height adjustable drivers seat and steering, front fog lights, air conditioning, trip computer, stereo system with 6 speakers, remote locking, ESP, multiple airbags, ABS ISOFIX, and even a Sat Nav docking station. ( you can buy the Sat Nav unit for just €349.00).
The cabin is surprisingly roomy too with plenty of leg and headroom up front, while two adults can sit in the rear albeit at a cosy fit with tight legroom.
The boot though is absolutely tiny, though it does to its credit have a proper spare wheel as opposed to those useless tyre sealant kits.
The little three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol in this case produces 75 bhp and is mated to a 5 speed gearbox. It performs pretty well overall. Sure it lacks a bit of puff when trying to accelerate in higher gears, but work it and use its willingness to rev freely and you can extract a satisfactory turn of speed. It costs just €190.00 to tax and over my test burned on average just 5.2 litres per 100km.
Now here I was in for a bit of a surprise. Quite alot of small city type cars really do not drive as well as you might like over bumpy country roads or feel very comfortable on a long motorway journey.
Not so in the Skoda Citigo. It handles all the challenges of any country road with aplomb and proves a good motorway cruiser too. You really could go from Dublin to Cork in this little car and not feel as though you were driving a car for the city.
It just feels bigger around you than its exterior dimensions would suggest.
Prices for the new Skoda Citigo start at just €10,425 for the Citigo Active 60bhp.
The Citigo Elegance on test here costs €12, 365. The 75 bhp unit is €510 extra and the aforementioned Sat Nav with touch screen and Bluetooth adds just €349.00. So for €13,224 you get a very nicely kitted out Skoda Citigo with a super Sat Nav, Multimedia system.
Is this just the perfect small car for our times? I think so! The Citigo comes with a full 3 year warranty and 3 year roadside assist.