Skoda Citigo (2013 - present)

The Skoda Citigo is a fun, practical and top-value city car

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Nimble to drive
Roomy interior
Cheap to buy and run

Weaknesses 

Noisy at speed
All versions are rather slow
No sat-nav option

The Citigo is fun and stylish enough to make it a great first car for image-conscious students, yet safe and sensible enough to appeal to those downsizing from a larger car.

Those coming from a larger model will also appreciate the Citigo’s ‘big car’ feel - particularly thanks to the suspension, which is surprisingly comfortable for such a short car. Combine this with supportive seats and responsive engines and this is one of the very best cars of this size to take on a longer journey.

While it’s more likely to be used as a two-seater, there is room in the back for a six-foot adult behind a similarly sized driver. Further back still, the boot is up there with the class leaders in terms of size - and its deep, square shape makes it practical to stack bags on top of each other.

Driving the Citigo is great fun - much more so than competitors like the Renault Twingo and Kia Picanto - thanks to its agile feel and loads of grip. It’s not fast, though - the 1.2-litre engine in a Peugeot 108 is much more powerful and makes it faster than even the more powerful version of the 1.0-litre Citigo.

At launch the Citigo was one of the most economical cars on sale - but it’s been overtaken by rivals like the Toyota Aygo which offers a completely tax-free range (now only available on second-hand models). By contrast you had to pay £360 extra for a ‘Greentech’ Citigo if you wanted to make the most of free road tax.

All new Citigo models achieve 47.9mpg or more, though this is on the far more realistic new fuel economy test. In reality, 50mpg shouldn't be too hard to achieve.

Last Updated 

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 13:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
251 litres
Width: 
1645mm
Length: 
3563mm
Height: 
1578mm
Tax: 
£0 - £145

Best Skoda Citigo for... 

Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 60PS 5-speed Manual GreenTech SE - 3dr
The ‘Greentech’ tweaks on this car include stop-start technology and ‘eco’ tyres which help this Citigo return 68.9mpg and emit just 95g/km of CO2.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 60PS 5-speed Manual GreenTech SE - 5dr
The two extra doors turn this car from a city runabout into a genuine small family car, especially as both rear seats have Isofix points for child seat mountings.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 75PS 5-speed Manual Greentech SE-L - 3dr
The higher powered 74bhp engine here doesn’t add much extra performance, but aids with overtaking and is smoother on the motorway.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 60PS 5-speed ASG SE - 3dr
The automatic gearbox in the Citigo is such a terrible unit that it ruins the whole car. It’s slow and jerky at all times, so it’s best avoided.

Skoda Citigo History 

2012 Model launched alongside nearly-identical Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii
2014 Citigo ‘Sport’ trim is replaced by Monte Carlo
2015 ‘Elegance’ trim is renamed SE-L

Understanding Skoda Citigo car names 

  • Citigo
  • Trim level
    SE-L
  • Engine
    1.0 MPI 60PS
  • Gearbox
    ASG
  • Economy model
    Greentech
  • Trim level
    The Citigo trims (Trims: S, SE, Monte Carlo, SE-L) tell you the amount of equipment and general level of luxury of the car. SE-L is the top-spec car.
  • Engine
    The Skoda Citigo is available with a 1.0-litre engine. The letter MPI indicate that it's petrol-powered and the final figure is the engine's horsepower (also known as PS).
  • Gearbox
    ASG means an automatic gearbox.
  • Economy model
    GreenTech is a set of tweaks to the car, made to improve economy and emissions.

Skoda Citigo Engines 

1.0 MPI 60PS, 75PS

The Skoda Citigo is available with one engine in two states of tune. It’s a three-cylinder engine with just 59 or 74bhp - but that’s actually plenty in such a light car, and around town the Citigo is fast enough to keep up with traffic. It’s somewhat outclassed on faster roads - the turbocharged 0.9-litre engine in a Renault Twingo makes short work of overtaking compared to the Citigo, but with forward planning overtaking is possible.

The best part about the engine is that it’s non-turbocharged, which means it’s far easier to achieve the stated fuel economy than on a turbocharged engine. Where a Fiat 500 Twinair might only achieve 40mpg compared to a claimed 65mpg, the Citigo will easily return economy in the high 50s.

The engine revs smoothly and around town it’s very quiet - it’s only at speed that the noise begins to intrude. Even then, the offbeat thrum of its three cylinders is more pleasant than most engines.

The 75 horsepower engine is only available on top-spec SE-L cars. It’s slightly more refined on the motorway but for the majority of people the lesser-powered 60hp unit will be all that’s needed. 

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 60

top speed

Fuel

1.0 MPI 60PS

62.8-68.9mpg

59bhp

13.9-14.8s

99mph

Petrol

1.0 MPI 75PS

62.8-67.3mpg

74bhp

12.8-13.5s

106mph

Petrol

Skoda Citigo Trims 

S, SE, Monte Carlo, SE-L

As with many city cars, the entry-level trim is best avoided on the Skoda Citigo. It’s cheap, but misses out on vitals like electric windows, air-conditioning and remote central locking. These will make it much more difficult to sell so it’s worth spending the extra to move up to SE trim, which adds those missing features along with body-coloured mirrors and door handles.

Monte Carlo trim is the ‘sporty’ and ‘youthful’ trim level and lowers the suspension while adding interior and exterior styling details, along with alloy wheels.

For those after a touch of luxury, SE-L trim adds big-car features like heated seats, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, front foglights and a leather steering wheel.

All cars benefit from the addition of the PID system, which is standard on Monte Carlo and above. This adds bluetooth, a trip computer and sat-nav. It’s also worth specifying the ‘Entertainment’ and ‘Safety’ packs for £100 and £275 respectively, which add extra speakers to the stereo and autonomous emergency braking to prevent an accident.

Skoda Citigo Reliability and warranty 

After some gearbox issues on early cars the Citigo has been reliable, as has its Volkswagen and SEAT siblings. Most Citigos were bought with a three-year servicing plan which means they will have been well maintained over their lifetime.

The Skoda Citigo performed very well in the 2014 Driver Power survey, coming in 2nd place overall, but dropped to 32nd place in 2015. It ranked 65th for reliability.

The simple, three-cylinder engine is already seeing service in other Skodas, Volkswagens and SEATs, so there should be few worries for reliability on that front.

Used Skoda Citigo 

As with any used car, make sure service intervals have been met. On small cars like this especially look out for dings or dents from parking or rogue shopping trolleys. Look carefully too at alloy wheels if fitted, as they may have suffered curbing in crowded city centres.

It’s unlikely too many Citigos will have covered huge mileages - as a city car, it’s likely to have spent most of its life in town.

The Skoda Citigo loses value more quickly than its Volkswagen and Seat siblings, however it still has strong used values compared to the Kia Picanto or Citroen C1. 

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Price

£10,295

£10,121

£7,340

£6,520

£5,700

Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 75PS 5-speed Manual Greentech SE-L - 3dr

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1.7%

28.7%

36.7%

44.6%

Best for families

Price

£9,790

£9,538

£6,650

£5,930

£5,190

Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 60PS 5-speed Manual GreenTech SE - 5dr

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2.6%

32%

39.4%

47%

Best for economy

Price

£9,390

£9,209

£6,250

£5,530

£4,790

Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI 60PS 5-speed Manual GreenTech SE - 3dr

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1.9%

33.5%

41.1%

49.0%