Safe in the city with Skoda

Skoda Citigo.
Skoda Citigo.

IT may only conceal a meagre one-litre, 75 bhp engine under the bonnet, but the Skoda Citigo GreenTech is a great little mover.

With a combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg and an on-the-road price of £9,860 for the top of the range Elegance model we had on test it won’t break the bank either.

The fact that so much driving enjoyment can be wrung from one so small is almost a miracle. The 0-62mph time of 13.2 seconds does not qualify it for pocket rocket status but at no time did it feel to be lacking in essential power. Even a blast down the motorway failed to dampen my enthusiasm.

The ride quality is good too, again surprising for a car on such a compact wheelbase, and apart from some really unpleasant road humps, it managed to cope quite well with the imperfect roads we went down.

The steering is good and the brakes responsive and it won’t disappoint those who like a bit of fun from their city cars.

Very good use has been made of space. I carried three adult passengers without too much complaint and the boot is unusually deep with 251 litres of space available. This, in part due to the lack of a spare wheel - it comes with a tyre repair kit instead. I tested the three-door but there’s also a five-door.

The interior is robust and the build quality good with instruments clearly set out. The speedo is large and rev counter easy to see.

GreenTech technology is only available on the SE and Elegance trim levels and consists of a stop/start system, brake energy recovery, lowered suspension and reduced rolling resistance tyres. This allows the 60bhp Citigo to emit just 96g/km of CO2 and the more powerful 75bhp a slightly higher 98g/km.

All versions get driver and passenger airbag, head-thorax side airbags, daytime running lights and ABS. Other goodies on our Elegance included 14inch alloys, a rather useful removable satellite navigation system with Bluetooth, trip computer and media player and heated front seats.

As an option we also got a safety pack with city-safe braking which stops the car for you at speeds below 19mph if there is a danger of a collision.

In conclusion, Citigo is a really great little car that will get my vote every time.