Used test: Fiat 500 vs Skoda Citigo

The Fiat 500 is a firm city car favourite, but how does it stack up against the practical Skoda Citigo?

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Used Fiat 500 vs Skoda Citigo

Our Verdict

The Fiat 500 is a fine city car and is a breeze to park because of its compact size and ultra-light City Steering mode that increases the assistance of the power steering. On the downside, it isn’t as reliable as the Skoda Citigo and has a small boot. You do get a superior infotainment system, though, and it's the more attractive car to look at.

That said, the Citigo is the more capable if you need to put people in the back and its larger boot is very handy, too. You will have to put up with glacial performance, even if that does mean superior fuel economy. The infotainment system isn’t as good and the steering wheel can obscure some of the dials.

But, at the end of the day, these quibbles are not enough to prevent the Citigo from snatching victory from the 500, due in no small part to the Citigo's more comfortable ride and low purchase price. It’s a great all-round city car and that’s why we’d recommend it over the 500.

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1st – Skoda Citigo

For Superb ride; good to drive; spacious inside; cheap to buy and run

Against Interior is unexciting; steering wheel obscures dials; not that quick

Verdict More conventional-looking but by far the better all-rounder

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Fiat 500

For Sense of style; better infotainment system; easy to steer in town

Against Jittery ride; small boot; tight rear space; poor security

Verdict Not the best package, but good to drive and still turns heads

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Fiat 500 1.2 Pop Star

Engine size 1.2-litre petrol

List price when new Β£11,765

Price today Β£7500*

Power 68bhp

Torque 75lb ft

0-60mph 14.0sec

Top speed 99mph

Fuel economy 60.1mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 110g/km

Specifications: Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 Monte Carlo

Engine size 1.0-litre petrol

List price when new Β£10,670

Price today Β£6500*

Power 59bhp

Torque 70lb ft

0-60mph 14.9sec

Top speed 99mph

Fuel economy 62.8mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 105g/km

Price today is based on a 2015 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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