Long term report: Skoda Citigo


Crossovers have become all the rage at the moment, and it's easy to see why. Getting two cars for the price of one makes perfect sense.

But after a couple of weeks with the video department at Blackball Media and AOL Cars, it's quite clear that the Citigo is very much a one-trick pony.

Its limited boot space has meant that for the fortnight we've been driving it around, the rear seats have been lowered.

That, however, creates a surprising amount of space, which swallows most of the filming kit fairly easily, and the low boot lip makes getting some of the heavier items in a doddle.

As nippy little city cars go, the Skoda is quite characterful. OK, it's not what you'd tag 'hot hatch', in fact it's not even luke warm, despite what the 'sport' badging that adorns the rear will have you believe.

But down deserted twisty country lanes it is quite fun.

The steering is well weighted and the dinky dimensions make placing the car in exactly the right spot easily.

What surprised me, though, was the frequency we needed to stop to top up the fuel tank, especially on long motorway journeys where the engine seemed to be working hardest.

Still, all the loyalty points I'm collecting with all the pit stops means I'm getting closer to a new toaster.

Review by Nigel Swan

The Knowledge

Model: Skoda Citigo Sport
Price: £11,050 (as tested)
Engine: 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, petrol
Power: 58bhp, 95Nm
Max speed: 99mph
0-60mph: 14.2s
Emissions: 105g/km
Mileage this month: 1,103

This month's highlight

There's a surprising amount of space when the seats are folded down