ON TEST WITH
Skoda Citigo colour edition 1.0 Mpi 60PS
Price from £10,620 OTR
SKODA has always put value for money at the forefront in everything it does, and in keeping with that, the Citigo is a small, value for money, city friendly hatchback that is actually more sophisticated than most of its rivals and at a price that most of us wanting a small family car can easily afford.
Power and Efficiency
The Citigo is fitted with a 1.0 MPi 60PS engine and is one of the best non-turbo units I have come across in recent years. Fuel consumption is around the 60mpg if you drive it without pushing too hard. Flat out you can expect to achieve a maximum speed of around 100 mph and a 0-62 time of around 14 seconds. I know what you are all thinking though – is it slow? Well, actually, it nips around really well and it does not feel underpowered at all even with only 60PS.
On the Road
The little Citigo is a scream – it’s easy to drive and feels brilliant for such a small car, but you do need to remember this is not a race car; it’s an eco warrior that was designed to save you money as well as look good and trendy. As for the handling – I would give it five stars because it’s as good as the competition when the road gets twisty. Also, it’s very quiet and quite refined. While the ride is a little bouncy, it’s pretty dec
ent really, thanks mainly to Skoda doing a pretty good job on the suspension set-up.
Safety and Technology
The safety side of the Citigo is impressive too – with standard equipment like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), driver’s and front passenger’s air bags and ESC (Electronic Stability Control).
As with all Skodas the interior is a little bland – but functional, but I like the body coloured dash panel and the centre speedo which gives it a better feel all round. The seats are very good and hold you firm, but I do think they could have been a little better.
There is also an array of kit such a; 15-inch Auriga black alloy wheels, elec
tric front windows, front fog lamps, manual air-conditioning, AM/FM radio, including colour display with aux-in and SD card, USB ports, six speakers and bl
uetooth, rear seat backrest split 60/40, remote central locking and sunset glass.
To Sum Up
The little Citigo is a great little car for doing the school run and for all the times when you need to nip into town to do a little retail therapy. There is no doubt in my mind that the Citigo will live with you for a very long time and you will instantly replace it with another. To be honest it’s like your secret little friend who will make you feel happy every time you turn the key to go off on another little adventure.