Skoda Citigo review: Hands-on

Skoda's latest road warrior delivers a top notch driving experience and cool tech

What is a hands on review?
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We want to get one thing clear before diving into this review: the Skoda Citigo isn’t trying to be the next best thing. It’s not trying to fool anyone with a high-end price tag and a stupidly long spec sheet, unlike the Kia Cee’d.

The Citigo (we tested out the 60PS model) is an economically friendly and compact four-wheeler with an impressively low price tag - but for the right reasons.

It’s a bare minimum road hog with a particular purpose in mind: to get you from A to B comfortably and quickly, without guzzling the contents of the tank. Saying that, there are a few surprises in store.

Skoda Citigo: Tech

On the tech front, there’s not much to shout about, but perhaps that’s the point. For seven grand, we weren’t expecting much when the Citigo appeared on our driveway.

But once we looked inside, we were shocked to discover that it came complete with a detachable sat nav which, as far as we’re concerned, is a pretty decent add-on.

Skoda Citigo review

The touchscreen operated device is simple to use and easily removable from the mount.

Also in the mix is bluetooth connectivity for making safe calls from behind the wheel and wireless music streaming for banging out tracks.

Skoda Citigo: Specs

- Detachable sat nav
- 1.0-litre engine
- CD player
- Sporty chassis
- 3 doors

Skoda Citigo: Performance

Don’t think just because it dons a reasonable price tag that the Citigo drives like a cheap and cheerful motor – although it’s certainly no Range Rover Evoque, the three-cylinder engines ensures a speedy take-off and smooth drive.

Although noise levels could be quieter, steering is light and responsive, making parking and turning a piece of cake.

Skoda Citigo: Verdict

The inclusion of a detachable sat nav is a nice touch – you won’t find many car manufacturers that will do this – and its compact crust and eco-friendly engine make it an affordable and practical city run around.

Skoda Citigo Availability: Out now

Skoda Citigo Price: From £7,630

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.