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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What will they cost?

When these were new, there was a price gap of around Β£1000 between the Skoda Citigo and the pricier Fiat 500 and, remarkably, that gap remains to this day. You can find a 20,000-mile, 2015 example of the Citigo for around Β£6500, while a 500 that’s of similar age and mileage will set you back Β£7500. That’s a substantial saving that could be put towards your yearly running costs.

The Citigo would be the one you'd go for if fuel consumption was your major concern; it returns the better fuel economy with an average of 62.8mpg, while the 500 has a figure of 60.1mpg. However, road tax costs are the same for both at Β£20 per year.

Since these two are more than three years old, you can take advantage of their fixed-price servicing schemes. Fiat undercuts Skoda’s servicing scheme on price and also includes 12 months of roadside assistance for added peace of mind.

Mind you, the 500 is the less reliable car of the two, finishing two places lower than the Citigo in our most recent What Car? reliability survey. You may not think that makes much difference, but most of these problems were quite serious and often took more than a day to repair.

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