The Citigo is cheaper than the virtually identical Seat Mii and VW Up, so makes a lot of sense for those on a tight budget. It’s great value compared with most other city cars, too, although the Suzuki Celerio is even cheaper.
As you’d expect, running costs are suitably tiny, helped by engines that are economical on paper and also in our real-world True MPG tests. The lowered-powered 59bhp model averaged an impressive 55.2mpg in our real-world True MPG fuel economy test.
Insurance premiums will be extremely cheap whichever Citigo you choose; in fact, the 59bhp version qualifies for lowest insurance band of all, so is ideal for young drivers. The Greentech model makes most sense for company car drivers thanks to its low CO2 emissions. However, all versions offer comparatively cheap benefit in kind (BIK) tax bills.
Skoda Citigo equipment
We’d avoid entry-level S trim because it misses out on air-conditioning and remote central locking. SE trim makes much more sense because it gets both of those things, plus electric front windows and a rev counter and a more advanced infotainment system. In fact, it gets all the things most city car buyers will want or need.
If you want more creature comforts the posher trims include Monte Carlo and SE L, both of which get a leather-wrapped steering wheel as a smarter-looking interior as standard. Monte Carlo is a style-focused trim that gets contrasting coloured upholstery, sports suspension and various eye-catching details, whereas more luxury-focused SE L trim gets you heated front seats and rear parking sensors.
Skoda Citigo reliability
The Citigo itself didn’t feature in our most recent ownership satisfaction survey, but the almost identical VW Up did and was one off the most reliable cars in its class. There were a few issues with the VW – mainly with its manual gearbox and parcel shelf – but overall it suffered fewer problems than any of its city car rivals.
Like all Skodas, the Citigo is covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty and one year’s breakdown cover. This is comparable with the cover provided by most car companies, but falls short of the five-year/100,000-mile warranty you get with the Hyundai i10. Good-value extended warranties are available to cover your Citigo for up to five years or 100,000 miles.
Skoda Citigo safety & security
Stability control and a tyre pressure-monitoring system come as standard on all versions of the Citigo. Automatic city emergency braking, which should also help you avoid a shunt in the first place, is a reasonably priced option across the range.
If a crash can’t be avoided, all Citigos have twin front and side airbags to protect front passengers. There are no airbags to protect anyone sitting in the back, but the rear seats do have Isofix child seat-mounting points.
The Citigo achieved the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2011, with scores of 89% for adult protection, 80% for child protection and 46% for pedestrian protection. Meanwhile, security experts Thatcham awarded the car four out of five for its resistance to being stolen, and three out of five for its resistance to being broken into. Both are competitive marks by the standards of the city car class.
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This entry-level Citigo misses out on some important equipment – steel wheels, a radio, CD player are included, but air-con isn’t on the list. You don’t get split-folding rear seats or a height-adjustable driver’s seat, either.
Our pick SE
This is our favourite trim because it's the cheapest way to get air-conditioning, electric front windows and remote central locking. You also get split-folding rear seats and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, but a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a DAB radio cost extra.
This is the only trim offered with the more powerful 74bhp engine that we’d recommend if you regularly venture onto the motorway. It gets air-conditioning, heated front seats, 15in alloy wheels and rear parking sensors as standard, but we reckon cheaper SE trim makes more sense for the majority of buyers.
Monte Carlo trim comes with lots of bespoke styling cues, 15in alloy wheels, a sports steering wheel and tinted windows. However, given the relatively high price and standard sports suspension, which serves to worsen the ride with little noticeable improvement to the way the Citigo goes round corners, we wouldn’t bother. SE trim makes far more sense.
This style-led trim gets a few unique metallic paint colours as standard, smoked 15in alloys (you can have silver wheels if you'd rather), a four speaker stereo and front fog lights. You’ll have to pay extra for DAB radio and cruise control if you want them.