Skoda Citigo Road Test (2012)

Skoda Citigo (Interior) (2012)

Skoda Citigo Review

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Refinement is excellent in electric mode, and pretty good at average speeds with the petrol engine operating, although it becomes somewhat noisier if you hussle is along a motorway.

Comfort and Refinement

The Citigo’s engine note is an unmistakeably busy three-cylinder thrum, and although you are aware of it as you drive, it is not unduly intrusive. We actually find it quite a pleasing sound. You can’t help being rather aware of it on start-up, and once on the move it is still apparent, but settles into an agreeable aural wallpaper.

Seating comfort is pretty comfortable considering the car’s budget price, and four adults can fit into the Citigo’s snug little cabin without feeling unduly squashed, which is quite a tribute to the car’s clever packaging.

Safety and Security

Standard safety kit on the Citigo is much better than you might expect of such a diminutive, modestly priced car. It has been awarded five stars under the Euro NCAP crash test programme. Its array of airbags includes

head-and-thorax airbags for both the driver and front seat passenger. The car has optional City Safe Drive technology, an emergency braking feature to avoid low-speed collisions in city traffic. It uses a laser sensor built into the windscreen to scan the road ahead and detect an imminent impact. Other safety kit includes seatbelt pre-tensioners, anti-skid electronic stabilisation and traction control.

The Citigo is in group one for insurance on the ABI/Thatcham ratings, which is very beneficial in terms of insurance costs.


The Citigo comes equipped with a dashboard-mounted PID – personal infotainment device. Via a five-inch touch-screen colour display, you can access satnav, Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connection, a trip computer and media player. The navigation includes mapping for 37 countries.

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What We Liked
  • Group 1 insurance
  • Sub-100 g/km emissions
  • Friendly driving manners
  • Smart looking
  • Light, bright interior
  • Distinctive 3-cylinder engine note
  • Reasonable price
What We Disliked
  • Meagre boot space
  • Modest acceleration
What We Would Like To See
  • A little more boot room shoehorned in at the back.

Bravo Skoda and the Volkswagen Group. The Citigo, like its close cousins from VW and Seat, is a little cracker of a car that is nimble and nippy around city streets and feels both grown up and civilized enough to be practical up a motorway and over longer distances. With svelte looks and a friendly driving style, plus good build quality, the Citigo is a thoroughly likeable small car and well worth considering if you want a reasonably priced compact three-door model. It also has the least silly name of the Bratislava-built VW Group triplets.

16 July 2012 Sue Baker
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Skoda Citigo Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSkoda Citigo SE 1.0 GreenTech 3-door
Body Type3-door Hatchback
ColourTornado Red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph14.4 Seconds
Top Speed 100 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban56.5 mpg
Extra Urban78.5 mpg
Combined68.9 mpg
Insurance Group1
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 16/07/12)£8,890

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