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Sector: City car Price: £7,650-10,000 (est) Fuel: 68.9mpg CO2: 96g/km
As a group, Volkswagen has a deft knack of intercompany sharing, but never has it been as blatant as it is with the new Skoda Citigo. Because, for all the hoopla and chest beating from the Skoda spin-doctors, the Citigo is basically a re-badged Volkswagen Up!, or SEAT Mii.
Mechanically, nothing has been altered between the three models. The Citigo looks closer to the SEAT than the futuristic Volkswagen with its all-glass tailgate, but the cosmetic changes give it its own identity, including Skoda’s classy new grille treatment. Thankfully none of the funkiness of the Up! has been lost in the transition (infernal exclamation mark apart), so the Citigo is a very commendable small city car.
It is a timely reminder where the industry sees the future; in super-efficient cars for urbanites who will rarely venture away from their city habitat. And it lives up to its remit.
Although there will be a choice between a three or five-door version, the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine will be the only on offer. There will be two power outputs though, either 60 or 75bhp, and it’s the smaller out of the two which is the better overall drive, emitting the lowest CO2 emissions (96g/km) and being the most frugal, returning just 68.9mpg.
On paper, its performance figures may seem a little slow – 0-62mph in 14.4seconds with a top speed of 99mph, but it serves up enough go not to feel lifeless, and once it does get up to speed it will more than happily cruise along a motorway.
The interior isn’t the most enchanting Skoda has ever produced, yet it still has the capacity to easily accommodate four people and a certain amount of their luggage too. Prices won’t be announced until nearer its on-sale date in June but it is expected to sell for less than its VW Group cousins and will feature more standard equipment. Which surely makes it the best of the lot?
06 Jul 2012 10:32