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?...
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
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
Specifications: Fiat 500 1.2 Pop Star
Engine size 1.2-litre petrol
List price when new £11,765
Price today £7500*
Torque 75lb ft
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 £10,670
Price today £6500*
Torque 70lb ft
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