Skoda Citigo hatchback running costs
The Citigo is cheaper than the virtually identical Seat Mii and Volkswagen Up, so it 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 True MPG tests. The 59bhp model averaged an impressive 55.2mpg in our real-world fuel economy test.
Insurance premiums will be extremely cheap, whichever Citigo you choose; in fact, the 59bhp version qualifies for the 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 tax bills.
Skoda Citigo hatchback equipment
We’d avoid entry-level S trim because it misses out on air conditioning and alloy wheels. SE trim makes much more sense because it gets both of those things, plus electric front windows, 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 require more creature comforts, the more expensive trims include SE L and Monte Carlo, both of which get a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as a smarter-looking interior. Monte Carlo is a style-focused trim that gets contrasting coloured upholstery, sports suspension – which doesn't do much for the ride – and various eye-catching details, whereas the more luxury-focused SE L gets heated front seats and rear parking sensors. The Colour Edition model is based on SE trim but gets bigger 15in wheels and different colour schemes. However, unless you're desperate for the added exclusivity, we'd suggest you stick with SE.
Skoda Citigo hatchback reliability
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 i10. Good-value extended warranties are available to cover your Citigo for up to five years or 100,000 miles.
Hopefully, you won’t need to use your warranty, though, because Skoda ranked 13th out of 32 brands in our most recent reliability survey. And, better yet, the Citigo was the second-most-dependable city car in the study, bettered only by the Toyota Aygo.
Skoda Citigo hatchback safety and security
Stability control and a tyre pressure-monitoring system come as standard on all versions. Automatic city emergency braking, which should also help you avoid a shunt in the first place, is a reasonably priced option across the range (apart from entry-level S trim).
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 Research awarded the car four out of five for resistance to being stolen and three out of five for resistance to being broken into. Both are competitive marks by the standards of the city car class.
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