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Skoda Citigo review

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Skoda Citigo
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29 Jun 2017 12:28 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:03

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Skoda Citigo hatchback driving position

Entry-level S models miss out on height adjustment for the driver's seat, but all other trims get this feature as standard, making it easier for anyone particularly tall or short to get comfortable. And the seat is easy to adjust.

As with nearly all city cars, the steering wheel only moves up and down (not in and out), so you might find it impossible to dial in the perfect driving position. Depending on your seating position, the steering wheel might obscure part of the speedo.

The heating and ventilation controls are sensibly laid out and within easy reach. One mild annoyance is that, on versions with electric front windows, there isn’t a switch for the passenger window on the driver’s side.

Skoda Citigo hatchback visibility

Forward and side visibility is excellent; the Citigo’s slender windscreen pillars don’t obstruct your view too badly and the tall side windows provide a good range of sight.

Rear visibility isn’t quite so good, although the Citigo’s rear pillars are still narrower than those in many rivals and its rear screen isn't too poky. The car's boxy shape and short overhangs also make judging its extremities relatively easy.

If you feel you need extra help when parking, you can add rear parking sensors to all models apart from the entry-level S, and they come as standard in SE L trim.

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Skoda Citigo hatchback infotainment

Entry-level S trim models get a relatively simple CD/radio system with just two speakers. Disappointingly, Bluetooth isn't even available as an option, although you do get a USB port, aux-in socket and an SD card slot. A DAB radio is a reasonably priced option.

Upgrading to SE loses you the CD player but you do get Bluetooth and four extra speakers for improved sound quality. You also get a smartphone holder on the dashboard that, if you download Skoda's free Move & Fun app, gives you access to TomTom sat-nav directions and other handy features. While we like the fact that you don’t have to pay extra for sat-nav, we did find the system sluggish at times. This made it tricky to navigate built-up areas with lots of junctions. Still, you can always use other free navigation services.

The graphics on the small infotainment screen are crisp and clear. Although it doesn't have many features, all the shortcut buttons are logically laid out.

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It is annoying that even if you go for one of the pricer trims (SE L or Monte Carlo), you'd still have to fork out extra for a DAB radio. However, at least all models have a USB socket to charge your phone on the move.

Skoda Citigo hatchback build quality

Like all city cars, the Citigo’s interior features lots of hard and unforgiving materials. However, the general construction is solid and the plastics are textured in such a way that they don’t look or feel too cheap.

Monte Carlo versions get contrasting upholstery colours, chrome trim highlights and a gloss dashboard panel that helps to brighten up the interior.

S and SE cars make do with a plastic steering wheel that emphasises the Citigo’s budget price a bit too much. However, you can pay extra to have a multi-function leather steering on SE and Colour Edition. This luxurious touch comes as standard on the higher trim levels.

 

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