The Citigo may live in the shadows of its equally-sized cousin – the Volkswagen Up! – for some time, but that hasn’t stop Czech brand Škoda giving the city car a spring clean. The new model will come with upgrades to the exterior as well as the interior and will be offered with a choice of two three-cylinder engines. Click here to choose automotive tools that are essential for every car owner.
Well for starters the new car has grown in length by 34mm, which may not sound like much, but it does mean there will be more space inside the Citigo, particularly for those in the back. Keeping with the theme of the interior, the updated model has been revised to include a new layout plus a two tone dashboard which I’ll admit isn’t really to my taste – not when it’s matched with the new Kiwi Green colour. Green and tan? Hmm not sure it works in all honesty. Whether you’re a fan of the new two-tone dash or not, it’s only available on the higher trim levels.
The inside also features a colour display plus the usual mod cons such as DAB radio, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity. Buyers will also get more storage than they may expect in the Citigo and there is even an umbrella under the front passenger’s seat. The exterior has also been refreshed with new components such as the bonnet, radiator grille, front bumper and fog lights.
Three is the Magic Number
The new Citigo will come with a choice of two three-cylinder engines, both of which come in a 1.0 litre capacity. Buyers will be able to choose from two power outputs – 59 bhp or 74 bhp. Both are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the differences between them are not massive. The less powerful unit hits 62 mph in 14.4 seconds with a top speed of 100 mph and combined fuel economy of 68.9, whilst the 74 bhp unit will hit 62 mph in 13.5 seconds with a top speed of 107 mph and also offers 68.9 mpg.
The new Citigo will also feature a fair amount of tech, whether it’s for entertainment or for safety. There’s a new Move&Fun app which enables the connected phone’s contacts and playlists to be controlled via the vehicle’s controls. The app can also help drivers improve their driving style to gain better economy. The Citigo will also come with safety features such as City Safe Drive, which provides an autonomous emergency braking system should it be needed.
The new Citigo will receive its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show with prices yet to be announced.