Review: Skoda Citigo

Review: Skoda Citigo
Review: Skoda Citigo

The changes aren’t major but they didn’t need to be.

Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 60 SE-L

Skoda Citigo

Price: £10,700
Engine: 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, petrol
Power: 59bhp
Torque: 70lb/ft
Gearbox: Five-speed manual
Kerbweight: 865kg
Top speed: 100mph
0-62mph: 13.9sec
Fuel economy: 68.9mpg
CO2 emissions: 96g/km

Skoda has sold 200,000 Citigos since launching it six years ago. There’s still not a lot wrong with it, which is why the firm’s 2017 facelift does just that – not a lot. A few tweaks here and there, more kit inside, that sort of stuff: probably the most significant upgrade is the inclusion of a new infotainment system.

Those with keen eyes will spot the new Citigo from the subtle extra bulges in its bonnet, a revised grille and bumper plus a mildly updated rear end: pick an SE and you now get tinted rear lights. More standout is the bright new green pictured here, called Kiwi Green. It replaces the less vivid Spring Green offered previously.

Inside, the instruments are updated but the most exciting improvements are the new infotainment options. We tested the optional Swing system, a crisp-looking setup that’s complemented by a better smartphone dock – it means you can have sat nav in your Citigo city car, powered by your mobile.

Skoda Citigo infotainment

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s not much to report about the way it drives. The base 59bhp engine remains a sprightly enough thing, with decent refinement, and it’s only on rare occasions that the Citigo feels out of its depth.

Handling is neat, steering is light and while it’s not particularly fun, it’s an elegant enough steer. And other than getting caught out by the odd low-speed bump, the ride isn’t bad.

Skoda hasn’t done much with the interior plastics, so they remain hard to the touch, but it’s well assembled and the interior is roomy too. It’s no better or worse than before, and no less impressive as a result.

Skoda Citigo interior

The Citigo is a bit sharper on the outside, and its new infotainment options will make it much more appealing to the connected generation. The rest of it is just as able as before, which means it continues to be one of the most appealing city cars on sale.

OK, it’s still not as polished as its Volkswagen Up sister car, and the handling isn’t as fun as some other models on offer. It’s a car still worth shortlisting though, just so long as you don’t forget to check out the competition while you’re at it.

Skoda Citigo rear

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