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Skoda Citigo review

by Tom (21 February 2012)

If prospective of new four-seat city cars already spoilt for choice, soon will be . Already at the are cars like the Fiat Chrysler Ypsilon, Ford Ka, Twingo, Peugeot 106, C1, Toyota Aygo, Chevrolet Suzuki Alto, Kia Picanto and i10, but arriving fashionably are the VW group’s three new offerings, the VW up. the SEAT Mii and, the subject of review, the Skoda Citigo.

no secret that, as with of the above and despite their styling differences, the latter are all fundamentally the same car with the diminutive exterior dimensions, as three-door models, they’ve widely applauded for their interior space, appealing and bubbly driving demeanour. five-star Euro NCAP ratings aren’t to be sniffed at

However, the recent Citigo launch provided the first to sample access to the rear via rear doors. And so, without ado, I can announce that, having the same wheelbase and dimensions as the three-door, the five-door can also easily accommodate two (or even slightly overgrown) in the rear, but without rear ingress and egress inconveniencing seat occupants.

Furthermore, inspection of the Citigo’s tech reveals that the five-dr has an eight litres of bootspace the rear seats folded although at 1369mm the five-door have quite the elbow in the front as the three-door’s 1417mm ignore the three-door’s 1mm shortfall in the

Built in Bratislava, both of the Citigo are due to on sale in the UK on June 1, with a three-cyl 999cc engine producing either with 96g/km or 105g/km of or 74bhp with 98g/km of With the standard six-speed gearbox, combined fuel is quoted at 62.8. 68.9 and mpg respectively (subtract at least 10 the real world), and an automated gearbox will be available in due

UK prices are to be confirmed in early but starting at around £7500 £350 for the five-door), spec for the Citigo is likely to undercut the Mii by a and the up! by a little more.

Quite why we in the UK three sets of power/emissions/consumption from essentially the same is unclear, unless it’s a ploy to charge a premium for the two versions, but that aside I the more powerful 74bhp which, with its road tax and congestion charge evading figure, seems like the logical choice, at least prices are announced.

At this I can justifiably copy/paste from my 2011 review of the Volkswagen Although it’s no racer 0-62mph in 13.2secs, 106mph the smooth triple-pot motor satisfyingly crisp and raspy. you put the throttle and gearbox to good there’s enough oomph for about town, and it can hold its own on main roads.

The 59bhp engine makes the 70lb/ft of torque as the 74bhp but it can only muster 0-62 in with a 99mph top speed.

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I can also paste-in these too, but with additional at the end: Having driven on cobbled streets (this launch was held in and around [or in this case, Lisbon]) and some deeply rutted this little front-wheel gem feels exceptionally taut. chassis rigidity combined well-tuned suspension results in handling and a decently comfy even on poor surfaces.

The electro-mechanical power steering is light and easy at parking but there’s assistance only it’s needed so it firms up at higher speeds, and saves in the process.

That said, at the end of my drive I was left with the that Skoda engineers may tweaked their car’s settings and/or anti-roll to give an even comfier over shoddy surfaces, with a tad more body in corners. If this is the case it’s certainly not a criticism as too cars both small and have had their suspension to appeal more to tyre-squealing than to owners – in this and in Skoda’s words, young families and best agers.

The will be available in three S, SE and Elegance, and amongst a generous of standard and optional equipment – the including the City Safe automatic emergency braking – the Elegance will come as with the MoveFun satnav/multimedia

Made by Navigon, it’s the as VW’s Maps More and with many different from one small portable it’s a terrific idea in but its maps, navigation guidance and stability are far short of TomTom and standards. I naively gave the the benefit of the doubt in my VW up! review (I was at able to pair my iPhone via in the up! but not in the Citigo), but this time left with no choice but to say it and say it it’s crap and in urgent of further development.

As mentioned, the is essentially the same as the up! and Mii. not experienced a Mii yet, but I personally the up!’s exterior styling and finishes.

To counter that, the will be even more and, if senior Skoda are to be believed, the Czech car will its German and Spanish rivals on values. Clever marketing and aside, you won’t go wrong any of them and so dealer proximity is to be the decider, at least until you to choose between the forthcoming zero emissions up! and the natural 97mpg, 79g/km Citigo.

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