Hills pose a challenge for pump-friendly townie
SKODA’S take on the VW group’s triple-badged city car vies with VW’s own up! and SEAT’s Mii versions. The Citigo comes in, as you would expect, keenly priced. It also carries Skoda’s standing among the three in terms of brand reliability and customer approval.
The neat and compact hatchback body at just over 3.5m contains four seats with just about enough legroom for four average-height adults. Behind them is a short boot, more of a deep trough really, into which you must lift luggage over a high rear sill – 780 mm or a good 30 inches above ground. The stiff boot lid hinges vertically to allow access. The rear seat backs can be dropped forward onto the fixed cushions to take extra cargo, so no flat through-floor. There’s a cupholder for each passenger in an otherwise modestly furnished cabin showing lots of painted metal.
The 16-strong Citigo range offers three or five doors, three levels of trim and a little 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine tuned to either 60 or 75 PS, with five-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. Versions badged Greentech employ stop-start and low-resistance tyres to increase mpg and lower CO2 emissions.
Prices start at £7,630 for the 60PS three-door S and rise to £10,415 for the 75PS five-door automatic Elegance. There’s The three-door we tried has an oddly- kinked waistline trim. While the front seats fold and slide to give access to the rear, they do not return to their original position, so you have to re-set them each time. While the front doors open to 80 degrees, they are so wide, at 1,300mm (51 inches), they give problems in tight parking spaces. Even with the less powerful 60 PS engine the Citigo proved nimble and agile enough around town. It can soon run out of steam on hills but will bowl along a motorway at 70mph in fifth gear, pulling its optimum 3,000rpm, without fuss or undue noise. The big bonus is at the pumps. In brisk cross-country runs on a variety of roads, mixed with city and traffic driving, the Citigo recorded an average 62.9 mpg – even slightly up on the official combined figure, which is rare.
PEDIGREE: The Skoda Citigo comes with a reputation for reliability.