The Skoda Citigo is fundamentally the same car as the Seat Mii and VW Up, but is cheaper to buy than both. It’s also a rival to other city cars such as the brilliant Hyundai i10 and the Renault Twingo.
Unlike many rivals – including the i10 and Twingo – the Citigo is available in both three- and five-door form, and there’s even an automatic gearbox available. If you do most of your driving in and around town, you’ll be fine with the cheaper ‘60’ model but, with its extra 15bhp, the ‘75’ brings a noticeable improvement in acceleration, making it easier to keep pace with traffic on faster roads. Both engines are 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrols, though, so don’t expect sparkling performance from either.
Whichever engine you choose, you’ll enjoy one of the best-driving city cars on the market. The way the Citigo rides and handles puts plenty of bigger and more expensive cars to shame, let alone its rivals. Even versions equipped with lower sports suspension aren’t too one-dimensional, although they do bring a firmer ride in return for little perceptible handling benefit.
If rear passenger space is a priority then it’s worth investigating the Hyundai i10, although you’ll still be able to comfortably fit a couple of adults in the back of a Citigo. Its boot is one of the largest in the class, too, and the optional variable-height floor gives practicality a further boost.
Entry-level S models are sparely kitted, so we’d go for the mid-spec SE, which has everything most city car buyers will expect. You don’t get a digital radio or the neat portable touchscreen infotainment system as standard with this trim, but you can add them as optional extras.