Skoda Citigo (2012 – 2019) Review

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Skoda Citigo (2012 – 2019) At A Glance

Small car based on Volkswagen Up. Ideal for town. Economical on fuel. Fun to drive. Lower prices than Up and SEAT Mii.

Cheapest versions not under 100g/km CO2. High incidence of gearbox and clutch failures lost it a star. Timing belts need replacing at 4 years or 40k miles. Dealers recommending manual gearbox oil change at 3 years old.

Insurance Groups are between 1–4
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

The Skoda Citigo may be a small car but it has big talents. It’s easy to drive and park, surprisingly practical and well put together, plus it’s cheap to buy and run. The Citigo costs a little less than its near identical Volkswagen Up and SEAT Mii stable mates, so if you’re seeking the best value for money it’s a great choice of small hatchback.

All versions of the Citigo are sold with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, with either 60PS or 75PS. In real world driving there’s very little between the two, especially around town where the Citigo is most at home. For those who spend a lot of time on the motorway the higher powered version is a better choice.

It’s great fun to drive despite having very little outright power – the ‘wheel in each corner’ design makes it nimble, agile and easy to thread through gaps in tight urban traffic jams. Even out of town it’s enjoyable on a twisting road, but the suspension shows its lack of sophistication over broken surfaces, where the ride can become noisy.

Despite the Citigo’s small size, it is surprisingly spacious. From the driver’s seat the car feels a little on the narrow side, but headroom is excellent and it’s easy to get comfortable. The back row is tight but it’s fine for short journeys or for children, plus there are Isofix points for child seats. Both three and five-door versions are available and the latter has wide-opening rear doors.

There’s plenty of equipment on offer, including an easy to use navigation system on upper trim grades, but those who go for an entry level S model will do without a few key creature comforts including electric windows and electric door mirrors. There are numerous extras packs on offer to add things like a panoramic glass roof, cruise control and parking sensors. 

Skoda Citigo 2012 Road Test

Long Term Test Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI Monte Carlo

Skoda Citigo 2017 Facelift Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Skoda Citigo (2012 – 2019)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

87%

Real MPG

41–71 mpg

MPGs submitted

378

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ASK HJ

What's the best small car on a £4500 budget?
I want to buy a used car and have a budget of £4.5k. Can you suggest a reliable, economical small car with three doors? Boot size is not important. I have been considering an Aygo or a Volkswagen Up but is it best to look for a car with low mileage or the newest car for my budget?
The Volkswagen Up is a really good car but not without its faults, unfortunately: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/up-2012/good/. If this doesn't concern you, also consider the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo - they're essentially the same car but a little cheaper. The Aygo isn't without its issues, either, and feels flimsier than the Up. I'd look for a Kia Picanto - it has fewer problems and is a great little car. I'd prioritise condition and service history over mileage or age, but there's no reason why you can't tick all the boxes with a £4500 budget.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What vehicle would you recommend for short city journeys?
What vehicle would you recommend for short city journeys?
The Hyundai i10 represents excellent value for money and is easy to drive around town, while also being cheap to run. Also look at the Volkswagen Up or the very similar Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I'm looking to buy an economical reliable car with low insurance group for around £5000 - any suggestions?
I'm looking to buy an economical reliable car with low insurance group for around £5000. Any suggestions?
A Skoda Citigo or Hyundai i10 will be extremely cheap to run if you don't need much space or plan to travel long distances. If you'd prefer something bigger, look at the Honda Jazz.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which cars are cheapest to insure for a reformed drink driver?
Which cars are cheapest to insure for a reformed drink driver?
You would need to look at ones with the lowest insurance group rating and smallest engine size: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/insurance/top-25-lowest-insurance-group-cars/
Answered by Tim Kelly

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