What's the used Skoda Citigo hatchback like?
The Skoda Citigo is a lot like the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii – in fact, they're almost identical. That’s because all three cars share the same basic structure, engines, gearboxes and so on. Park them side by side, remove the badges and you really would struggle to know which is which.
That’s actually rather good news for the Citigo, though, because it means it feels as polished as its posher VW sibling in almost every way, but doesn’t cost as much to buy – and that’s whether you’re in the market for a new or a used one and whether you want three or five doors. Better still, the Citigo, Up and Mii triumvirate sits right at the top of the class alongside the Hyundai i10 as our favourite city cars, thanks to a surprisingly 'big car' feel despite the diminutive dimensions.
The Citigo is spacious in the front with plenty of storage. The stereo looks a little basic but you can clip a separate sat-nav unit to the top of the dash that also includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connection and can be used to display the car’s trip computer.
You only get two seats in the back and leg room is tight if both driver and passenger behind are tall. However, with a shorter driver or rear occupant, there’s ample space, including generous head and elbow room.
The boot is deep enough to carry a weekly shop and you can get a false boot floor for all models to raise the load height. If you need more space, you can fold the rear seats almost flat. It’s worth noting that on entry-level S models the seatback is in one piece, whereas from SE onwards they are split in a 60/40 configuration.
It’s when you get moving that the Citigo really impresses, though, on account of its supple, quiet and well-controlled ride that puts to shame many larger cars. Combined with light controls, good visibility and excellent manoeuvrability, the smallest Skoda is a delight to drive in towns and cities, while also feeling planted on the motorway and not nearly as bothered by crosswinds as other small cars. We would advise sticking with the smaller 15in wheels and avoiding the optional sports suspension for the best ride comfort.
The engine line-up is limited to a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit with either 59bhp or 74bhp. If you rarely venture out of town, the lower-powered engine is up to the job. For those who plan to use their Citigo for motorway commuting, the extra power of the 74bhp is worth it. True, it still doesn’t turn the Citigo into a rocketship, but it’s quick enough to keep up with traffic.
The Citigo’s safety record is good, having scored a maximum five stars when crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2011. One feature worth seeking out is autonomous emergency braking, which is optional on all but entry-level S models and might just prevent a costly bump in the future.
The Citigo was given the mildest of midlife facelifts in early 2017. However, so slight were the changes that you’d be hard-pressed to tell.