- Excellent value for money
- Exceptional build quality
- Efficient engines
- Doesn’t have the badge prestige of the Up!
- Low-powered petrol struggles at high speeds
- Entry-level model comes with very little kit
Skoda’s excellent Citigo is one of the best city cars that money can buy
Since its first introduction to the UK market in 2012, the stylish Skoda Citigo has become a common sight in our cities. Designed to rival city cars such as the successful Hyundai i10, the Citigo exudes a quality that is rare in this class. Based on the same platform, and built in the same factory as the Volkswagen Up!, and the Seat Mii, the Citigo undercuts both of these cars when it comes to price. With an exceptional chassis and nippy engines, the Citigo is by far the best city car to drive around town. It might not have the badge prestige of the Up!, but it’s every bit as good as its German rival.
Exceptional quality interior
One area where the Citigo really excels is in its interior. There’s high quality materials used throughout, and there’s enough boot space for nipping to the shops, as well as decent levels of kit if you go for the right trim.
Compared to its rivals, the cabin of the Citigo is exceptionally well-built. Soft-touch plastics are a rarity for a car in this class, but the Citigo feels impressively classy, making the Citigo bely its price-tag. Citigos equipped in Monte Carlo spec and above get luxuries such as a leather steering wheel and gearknob, and attractive matching trim.
One surprising element to the Citigo Is the amount of boot space that you get from such a small car. With 251 litres of boot space on board, there’s enough room for a small family shop, or even a small buggy. Compared to rivals such as the Toyota Aygo, which only offers 168 litres of space, it’s positively ginormous, and even stacks up well to the much bigger Hyundai i10 (252 litres).
Equipment levels in the Citigo are pretty impressive, so long as you avoid the entry-level S trim. That’s because the S trim doesn’t come with basics such as electric windows, air-con, or remote central locking. SE trim adds these features, but only with front electric windows. It’s worth considering the Monte Carlo trim, as it adds luxuries such as a leather steering wheel, and a portable infotainment centre that incorporates an excellent sat-nav.
All in all the interior of the Citigo is one of the best that you can find in the city car class. The Citigo might not have a prestigious badge on its steering wheel like the Up! does, but it’s essentially the same car, and it’s quite a bit cheaper to buy.
Class-leading handling and refinement
City cars have always been geared towards being both fun, and easy to drive around town. The Citigo succeeds at being both of these. There’s lots of grip, steering is light around town, and reassuringly solid even on motorways, whilst still retaining accuracy in either situation. It really is a car that will leave you feeling confident, so you can truly enjoy the fantastic handling.
One area that city cars sometimes fail in, is offering a smooth, comfortable ride. The Citigo however is arguably the most refined car in its class. Ride quality is supple, and irons out town centre potholes with aplomb, as well as coping well with broken up B roads. Even at high speeds, the Citigo performs well, with road and wind noise kept to a minimum. There’s also very little in the way of body roll. All of this together makes the Citigo an exceptional car to drive.
Gearbox options in the Up! come in two guises, a 5-speed manual, and a 5-speed automatic. The manual transmission is decent around town, and has short snappy shifts. The automatic however is a little on the jumpy side, jolting through gears. It’s not recommended, but thankfully it’s only an optional extra so very few cars feature with this gearbox.
Two excellent three cylinder petrol engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Citigo you’ve got the choice of two petrol-powered three-cylinder engines. Both perform well around town, though you might want to go for the more powerful unit if you stray out of town often.
As with most city cars, there isn’t a performance version of the Citigo. The most powerful engine in the range is the 75bhp 1.0 litre petrol powered motor. It’s hardly going to break records, but it’s nippy around town, and can cope with motorway journeys pretty solidly. It’s also a better option for most people over the lesser powered 60bhp option that’s still decent around town, but struggles at high speeds.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pretty impressed with the engines in the Citigo range. The greenest on offer is the 1.0 MPI GreenTech model, which produces just 95g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s not only great for the environment, it also come with free road tax. This model is also the best for money savers, as it can achieve up to 68.9mpg. You can save yourself plenty of money at the petrol pumps with this Citigo, money which you can put towards life’s other luxuries.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Citigo, you’re not going to be disappointed. Both petrols are nippy and responsive, and CO2 levels and fuel efficiency are class-leading no matter which engine you choose to go for. The Citigo really is a city car bargain!
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, good standard safety equipment
Unlike most cars in its class, the Skoda Citigo easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating, with scores of 89% in adult safety, 80% in child safety, and 86% in safety assist. Compared to its rivals, the Citigo wins hands down. In addition there’s driver's and front passenger’s airbags, stability control, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system as standard. A city emergency braking option is available as a sensibly priced optional extra on all models. The Citigo is one of the safest city cars that money can buy.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Skoda Citigo represents excellent value for money. All models in the range have low C02 emissions, with the majority of models featuring emissions low enough to avoid paying any road tax at all. Fuel efficiency is likewise impressive, with all models easily achieving over 62.8mpg. Not only is the Citigo cheap to run, it’s also cheaper to buy than its Volkswagen Up! brother.
When it comes to insuring the Citigo, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the value on offer. The cheapest model in the range is the 1.0 MPI S, which has the lowest possible group 1 insurance. The most expensive model to insure is the range-topping 1.0 MPI (75bhp) GreenTech SE L, which finds itself in group 4. Whichever Citigo you go for, you’re not going to be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation after the first couple of years, is actually very positive for the Skoda Citigo. Buyers understand the importance in purchasing a good solid car that will last, therefore the Citigo seems to hold its value. Like most cars though, the first couple of years can see rapid depreciation from list price, and what with the Citigo being so well built, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Skoda Citigo is one of the most impressive options in the crowded city car market. It offers an exceptional interior, a rewarding driving experience, and some punchy engines. The Citigo is also the safest car in its class, which is sure to be a hit for buyers who regularly travel with children. It might not have the badge prestige of the Volkswagen Up!, but it is without doubt better value for money.
Buying a used Skoda Citigo online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Skoda Citigo for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Citigo. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Skoda Citigo online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Citigo? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Citigo, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Skoda Citigo, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Skoda to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.