What’s this then?
You’re looking at the Skoda Citigo Monte Carlo, based on the SE model.
Doesn’t look much like a Grand Prix car…
That’s because Monte Carlo is known for rallying as much as it is Formula One or James Bond. Skoda’s Monte Carlo badge first appeared on the Fabia as a sort of vRS-lite (inspired by Skoda’s rallying efforts), and now it’s come to the Citigo too.
The alloy wheels, front and rear spoiler, rear diffuser, grille and door mirrors are all painted in a contrasting shade of black. You also get lowered sport suspension, a sports steering wheel, red and black interior trim, and a choice of three or five doors.
What engine does it have?
Like the Skoda Citigo Sport we drove (and very much enjoyed) last Autumn, your sole engine choice is Skoda’s 1-litre, 59-horsepower three-cylinder.
It may seem odd that you can only specify the lower-power of the two engines available in the Citigo, but as with the Sport we suspect this is a shrewd move to attract younger buyers, for whom a 74-horse model would be little more to buy and insure. The good news is a 62.8 mpg combined rating (with 60 mpg real-world potential) and 20 yearly VED bill.
Skoda’s neat Portable Infotainment Device, with satellite navigation, trip and vehicle information, Bluetooth connectivity and a media player, is standard. Just be careful not to leave it in view – like any other satnav it’s a potential thief-magnet – and be gentle when removing it. Some journalist with fists of ham had rendered the one in our Citigo test car inoperable before we got to it…
Pricing starts at 10,590 for the three-door and 10,940 for the five-door.
For the record, that’s 300 more than the Sport was, and a hefty 1,710 more than the SE on which it’s based. In the interests of consumer information, you can get a more powerful, and lower-tax 74-horsepower GreenTech for that kind of dosh…
Aside from cheaper versions of the Citigo itself, there’s also the VW Up and SEAT Mii – the same car by other names. Hyundai’s new i10 isn’t as cool but it’s a very good car, and we’d be tempted to wait to see how the new Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 stack up – we’ll be driving all three over the next few months.
In a line:
Like its namesake, Skoda’s Monte Carlo is rather expensive.