Skoda Citigo to undercut VW Up

* All-new Skoda city car * Should be better value than VW Up * Prices likely to start from 7500...

Skoda Citigo to undercut VW Up

The Skoda Citigo will undercut its VW counterpart by around 500 when it goes on sale next summer.

Final prices haven't been revealed yet, but sources have confirmed the starting price for a 59bhp Citigo three-door in entry-level S trim will be around 7500, compared with the equivalent Ups expected price of 7995.

Like basic VW Ups, Citigo S models are likely to do without air-con or even electric windows. The next trim up, SE, will offer these features and the possibility to add premium options such as a removable sat-nav system for a price increase of around 650. Thats likely to mean that the Citigo with kit will cost around 150 more than the standard Up.

The range-topping Citigo will be the Elegance, which will cost a further 650 more than SE. Skoda UK is considering offering sat-nav as standard on that model, although spec has yet to be finalised.

The removable sat-nav unit plugs into the top of the dashboard and integrates with the car to include vehicle information, a trip computer and Bluetooth connectivity. Other options will include parking sensors, a low-speed collision avoidance system that applies the brakes if it sees the car in front slowing suddenly, and an upgraded stereo.

The first Citigos on sale in the UK due in June will be offered in white with anthracite stripes or green, although there will be eight colours on offer by July.

In early August, a five-door version will be launched, with the same wheelbase but smaller doors. Expect it to cost around 350 more than similarly specced three-door models.