Everything is incredibly easy to use and the build quality is great
The interior of the Citigo doesn’t have any soft-touch materials and isn’t quite as funky to look at as the VW Up’s, but it’s still quite a nice place to be. Everything feels strong and robust, the controls are well laid out and easy to use, and the various trims give you a wide choice of looks and feels.
S and SE models are pretty basic inside, with a black surround on the instrument panel and plastic covering on the steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake – a perfect match for the black seat trim. If you enjoy your infotainment, you’ll prefer the SE, because it also comes with an uprated six-speaker stereo and a smartphone holder, which makes it easier to integrate your phone into the system and use its extra functions through a Skoda app.
If you want a smarter interior, too, you’ll be happy to spend the extra on the SE L. As well as the better stereo, it also has door handles and instrument surrounds finished in chrome, while the gearlever, handbrake and steering wheel are trimmed in leather.
Meanwhile, the range-topping Monte Carlo has a sportier feel, with black and red upholstery on the seats, a red centre console and a shinier, gloss finish on the dashboard.
The basic stereo comes with just two speakers. Not only is that pretty much unheard of these days, it might even go unheard in the car
If you go for the cheapest model – the S – you’ll be lumbered with a genuinely basic infotainment system. Well, to call it a ‘system’ is a bit generous, as it’s a radio/CD player with just two speakers, although it does also have a USB port and aux-in connector.
If you want something better than that – and you almost certainly will – you only have to upgrade to SE trim. This comes with Bluetooth connectivity, an extra four speakers and a smarter colour display, but most importantly a smartphone cradle. Once you’ve installed Skoda’s app on a suitable smartphone, this then gives you access to lots of extra functions, such as sat-nav and a trip computer, and lets you stream your own music through the car’s stereo.
In fact, that’s as good as it gets: going for a more expensive trim won’t bring you any better infotainment. The only option you might consider is to upgrade the radio to a DAB digital receiver – a £160 option on every model.