Skoda Citigo (2012 – 2019) Review

Skoda Citigo (2012 – 2019) At A Glance

4/5

+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. 

Looking for a second opinon? Read heycar's Skoda Citigo review.

Skoda Citigo 2012 Road Test

Long Term Test Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI Monte Carlo

Skoda Citigo 2017 Facelift Road Test

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

RealMPG

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

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Average performance

87%

Real MPG

41–72 mpg

MPGs submitted

402

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When should I change the cam belt on my Skoda Citigo?
"I have a 2017 Skoda Citigo, 16,000 miles, only one owner since new. When is the cam belt due for change? The manufacturer apparently says 160,000 miles."
My general advice is every five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first). Most cam belt disasters I hear about happen after this mileage or age point. The manufacturer might quote 160,000 miles, but neither the carmaker nor the belt manufacturer will cover the replacement cost of a wrecked engine if the belt fails before then.
Answered by Dan Powell
What do you recommend as a first car?
"What is the best first car?"
The Volkswagen Up, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo are mechanically identical, and all brilliant. They're safe and practical for their size, easy to drive and excellent on fuel. Insurance will be cheap and so will servicing and repairs. Read our reviews of all three below. Skoda: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/citigo-2012/ VW: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/up-2012/ SEAT: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/seat/mii-2011/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you recommend a used first car?
"I would like to buy a used first small car for my 23 year old daughter, what would you suggest? "
The Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii are excellent first cars being cheap to run, safe and roomy for their size. They're mechanically identical so get the best you can afford with a full-service history. A budget of £5000 will buy you a 2015 car with less than 50,000 miles on the clock, although cheaper cars are available and will have plenty of life left in them. Reviews of all three, below: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/seat/mii-2011/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/citigo-2012/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/up-2012/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Which small car do you recommend for £6,000?
"My son is looking to buy a good reliable cheap to run car. He has £6,000 to spend. What would you recommend? "
Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo or SEAT Mii. These cars are mechanically identical, so get the best you can for the money. They all cost buttons to run, are reliable, safe and relatively spacious for their size. Our reviews for each: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/citigo-2012/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/up-2012/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/seat/mii-2011/
Answered by Russell Campbell
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