The interior layout, fit and finish
Inside, the Citigo feels a bit dated compared to its rivals. The Citigo itself is an old design by now, and while there is no doubting the solidity of its interior, the materials used don’t impress; there’s quite a lot of hard, scratchy plastic around, while the steering wheel feels of particularly low quality. There is, however, a bright, interestingly styled plastic panel across the dash to inject a bit of colour into it.
By comparison, the Renault Zoe feels more polished and modern. The Citigo also lacks a touchscreen infotainment system. Instead, there’s a phone holder mounted on top of the dash, with a colour screen and physical shortcut buttons that allow you to cycle through your phone’s functions via a smartphone integration app. The latter also enables you to lock and unlock the car through your ’phone, and also to set the air conditioning before you get in. It may not feel quite so cutting edge as a touchscreen infotainment system does, but it is still a practical solution. That said, an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto would be less fiddly to use.
The driving position is fine, but the steering wheel adjusts only up and down, not in and out, and could partly block your view of the instrument panel depending on how you set it. The seat’s backrest adjusts with a ratchet lever rather than with an infinitely variable wheel arrangement, too, so you might find the precise angle you want elusive. There’s no adjustable lumbar support, either. Meanwhile, the trip computer display looks a bit old-fashioned – its small nature and low screen resolution is a far cry from the fully digital display of the Zoe.
Visibility out of the car is great all round. That’s particularly good news, because, while rear parking sensors come as standard on top-spec SE L trim, there’s no sign of front parking sensors or a rear-view camera, even on the options list. Nor are super-bright LED headlights available, a feature that comes as standard on the Zoe.