Citigo Elegance 1.0 MPI GreenTech 75PS 3-dr
sixty years marooned on this
found the secret of a
happy life: KIS. Keep It Simple.
Or, in the case of the new Citigo
city car, Keep It Skoda...
ENSURING MOTORISTS 'KEEP IT SKODA' is the bonus that this zip-about-town four-seater
can, if you wish, be bought purely on its price. The £7,630 entry-level
Citigo is one of the cheapest new cars you can buy.
Of course, you'd only do that because Skoda is part of the respected VW/Audi
group. You may like to know that the new Citigo is pretty much identical to
the equally new up! from Volkswagen, with which it shares its platform. So there
is absolutely no risk when buying the Citigo, even if it is 'just on price'.
Engine-wise, the Citigo's three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol unit comes in two
power sizes: 59 or 73bhp. Tested here is the larger 73bhp model which runs to
107mph and accelerates from zero to 62mph in 13.2 seconds (it feels quicker
than the paper figures suggest). Stir it and you'll find eager get-up-and-go,
with progress marked by a pleasantly thrummy engine note. A light-action five-speed
manual 'box makes accessing the power easy. Should you prefer, an automatic
transmission is also available.
this 73bhp version is better for those times you're not circulating in the city.
Talking of which, the 'Citigo' moniker is something of a misnomer in that the
Citigo (certainly the 73bhp version we've just spent a full week driving) is
perfectly fine for everywhere else too including motorways, where it
feels perfectly at home at a steady 70mph cruise.
economy is a core selling point and while the ordinary Citigo models deliver,
the GreenTech variants offer even better mileage thanks to Stop-Start, brake
energy recovery (lift off the accelerator or brake and the battery is charged),
lowered suspension (better aerodynamics), and tyres with reduced rolling resistance
to maximise economy and keep emissions under that important 100g/km ceiling.
Fuel economy is a core selling point and while
the ordinary Citigo models deliver, the GreenTech variants offer even
better mpg 67.3mpg
in the combined cycle. Without trying, we recorded an average 59.1mpg...
Officially the 73bhp GreenTech Elegance manages 67.3mpg in the combined cycle:
without trying, we recorded an average 59.1mpg.
"Can do better", my old school master used to scribble on my reports
and when it comes to MPG, so will most Citigo drivers.
Plus the 98g/km CO2 emissions earn more bonuses: no road tax and no London Congestion
charge. The 35-litre tank also means a range between fill-ups of at least 400
If you think that driving a small city car is a chore, something done purely
for the sake of economy, you'll be delighted to learn that the Citigo is actually
an enjoyable car to drive. In town or out on the open road, the ride, thanks
to its long wheelbase (given its short 'fit-anywhere' 3,563mm overall length),
is notably comfortable, the Citigo skimming over potholes and sleeping policemen
On motorways it feels stable and on twisty country roads it holds its own, cornering
tidily and staying with the traffic, while the precise, well-weighted steering
feels fine both around the houses and out of sight of them.
The other benefit of the Citigo's generous wheelbase is its big-hearted interior
space. The large front seats (well-bolstered with integral headrests) offer
decent support, especially for your shoulders. They also tilt and slide forward,
and combined with the two big side doors ensure easy access to the back seats
in what is a four-max cabin. Four adults, that is.
Unexpectedly, even six-footers have ample room in the back although officially
a four-seater, with only two rear headrests and belts, there's a fair-sized
gap between two adults. Plus there's a mass of room for feet and the soft front
seatbacks are good for knees. Large side windows keep it all light and airy,
and there are built-in outer armrests. Travelling in the back is really no hardship.
drivers will appreciate the excellent all-round visibility, helped by sensible-sized
door mirrors. They'll also like the functional and foolproof fascia design.
And looking smart in the black-themed interior are the body-coloured door cappings.
nice features are the chunky three- spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel (it
only adjusts for height) and an uncluttered instrument cluster that consists
of a speedo flanked on either side by smaller dials for fuel and revs.
The three-doors two big side doors ensure
easy access to the back
seats in what is
a four-max cabin.
Four adults, that is...
If you like, the touchscreen display can be set to show a pair of larger digitised
'gauges' for the rev-counter and coolant temperature.
Build quality is good, and there are some useful touches such as the organiser
(glasses, pen, coins) in the glovebox, the parking ticket holder at the base
of the windscreen on windy days you'll be glad it's there! and
small net pockets on the inner sides of both front seatbacks.
Not an issue, but worth mentioning: although the front windows are power-operated,
the driver needs to lean across (if he/she is travelling solo) to operate the
passenger window as there's not a remote switch on the driver's side. But then,
how often do you need to? Another clever feature is the cup-holder in the open
tray just ahead of the gear lever it can easily be disengaged or a beaker-shaped
storage unit slotted in which also has a removable moulded rubber grip designed
to hold your mobile securely.
Standard kit on the Elegance model includes electric front windows, AirCon (it's
quick to chill), power heated mirrors, two-stage heated front seats, leather
steering wheel, CD player with Aux input, speed-sensitive power steering, daytime
running lights, front fogs, and a set of smart 8-spoke alloys
Skoda hasn't skimped on safety either you get ESP, head-thorax side airbags
plus driver and passenger airbags, a seat belt reminder for all four seats,
and a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
An optional Safety pack (£180) adds 'City-safe' that monitors the area in front
of the vehicle and actively assists braking at speeds below 19mph when there
is danger of a collision. A Convenience pack (£310) adds cruise control and
three acoustic parking sensors in the rear bumper.
And if you think the Citigo isn't cool enough, then check out its PID (Portable
Infotainment Device). This five-inch detachable touchscreen infotainment centre
serves up SatNav, Bluetooth hands-free mobile, car info (ie; doors open, mpg,
range, etc); and a media player. And, if your Citigo has reversing sensors,
then the PID will display a visual of how close you are to obstructions.
PID sits on a short stalk sited top-dead-centre on the fascia, with plenty of
tilt and swivel adjustment so your front passenger can use it too and
it's very easy to use, even if (like us) you don't have the operating instructions!
is usually the first thing
sacrificed when making
Not so at Skoda lift
the tailgate and youll
have easy access to one
of the largest boots
in this class:
251 litres for shopping
Much more than just another gadget, the PID really is useful and provides a
wealth of pertinent information on the move. For example: when the 'low fuel'
warning light comes on, a message flashes up showing the remaining range to
empty and asks if you want to drive to a garage to top up right away. If you
do, it then displays all the nearest garages on the SatNav map for you to select
Luggage capacity is usually the first thing sacrificed when making smaller cars.
Not so at Skoda lift the tailgate and you'll have easy access to one
of the largest boots in this class: 251 litres for shopping or 'stuff'.
The tilt-for-access rear parcel shelf can be removed and stored in a jiffy,
and you'll also find four bag hooks in the deep boot along with extra storage
space under the floor in the spare wheel well there's no spare, just
a puncture repair kit.
Fold the 60:40 split rear seatbacks and those 251 litres expand to a very practical
951 litres that will definitely come in handy for those DIY superstore runs.
And check out the petrol cap it's a proper locking type worked by the
ignition key and well worth having particularly as siphoning is on the up in
these days of expensive fuel.
An affordable, likeable and seriously economical city car, the easy-handling
Citigo is comfortable to travel in; it makes light work of city traffic (and
is especially easy to park!) and can handle long journeys too. So trust to Skoda,
that 'maker of happy drivers', and you can let your wallet do the talking. KIS!
Citigo Elegance 1.0 MPI GreenTech 75PS 3-Dr | £9,860
Maximum speed: 107mph | 0-62mph: 13.2 seconds | Overall test MPG: 59.1mpg
Power: 73bhp | Torque: 70lb ft | CO2 98g/km