With its excellent refinement, agile handling and eager performance, the Citigo has the feel of models from a class above.
It doesn’t matter what colour or trim you choose for your Citigo, you can be sure of one thing: it’ll come with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine. The only decision you have to make is how much power you want – 60hp or 75hp – but both have more than enough power to whisk you around town without a problem, and they certainly feel quicker than their 0-62mph times suggest.
That said, this is a city car, and how it performs against the clock isn’t relevant. What’s more important is that both versions of the engine respond well when you need them to – which makes this a fairly relaxing and enjoyable car to drive. The 60hp unit will be fine for most people, and only if you spend a lot of time on motorways or faster roads will you really want the extra power of the 75hp version. Then again, if you were going to spend a lot of time on the motorway, you probably wouldn’t be considering a Citigo in the first place.
The Citigo is so comfortable and enjoyable to drive that it feels like a much bigger car
There’s also not a lot to choose between the fuel economy of the various engines, with every combination of power output and gearbox capable of claimed economy of well over 60mpg. But, if you do want the very best economy, go for one of the GreenTech versions, with start/stop and brake energy recovery. All these can achieve a claimed 68.9mpg and 96g/km CO2 output.
It’s no secret that the Citigo is designed to be a great little car to drive around town; and, the good news is that the designers have done a fine job. Visibility all around is very good, the controls are light and easy to use and the turning circle is pretty good.
The suspension is also nice and comfortable, meaning you don’t feel the lumps and bumps that litter our city streets. Better still, that feeling continues even after you get beyond the city limits, and no matter where you go, the Citigo is an enjoyable car to drive.
Of course, that’s thanks in part to its small size and low weight, both of which help to make the car feel agile and easy to manoeuvre. And, you’ll appreciate that whether you’re on the High Street or the motorway.
You also might not expect safety to be a big selling point for a city car, but the little Skoda scored a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP, albeit back in 2011, when the tests were a little less stringent than they are now.
Every version of the car comes with four airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control, but one option you may well want to consider is the CIty Safe braking system. This is available on every model except the most basic S and, for £355, gives you a system that monitors that area in front of the car and automatically applies the brakes if it thinks that a collision is imminent.