SKODA CITIGO Gets A Makeover
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
One of my favourite small cars has just had a refresh.
The SKODA CITIGO is being relaunched with three or five doors and many new design, technology and equipment features. Highlights include:
New front section with redesigned bonnet, bumpers, fog lights and radiator grille
LED daytime running lights and dark-tinted rear lights (standard from SE, optional for S)
Fog lights with cornering function (optional)
City Safe Drive with light and rain sensors as well as Light Assist with Coming Home function (optional)
UK prices from £8,635 (OTR) for Citigo S 3DR 60PS, all models available to order now
UK line up consists of S, SE, Colour Edition, SE L and Monte Carlo
With a length of 3,597 mm, width of 1,645 mm and height of 1,478 mm (five-door model), the SKODA CITIGO is one of the most compact yet spacious cars in its segment. There is a choice of three trim levels: S, SE and SE L. The SKODA CITIGO is also available as a Monte Carlo edition.
The completely revised front section includes a new bonnet with powerdome design, a modified bumper, revamped fog lights and a redesigned radiator grille in the typical SKODA design.
The redesigned rear section is characterised by the dark-tinted tail lights (from the SE trim level upwards).
14-, 15- and 16-inch alloy wheels are available. The new 15-inch 'Conan' alloy wheel (optional for SE L trim level) is available in silver.
In terms of body colours, the vibrant standard colour Kiwi Green replaces the metallic colour Spring Green.
The spacious interior defies the diminutive exterior dimensions and offers a boot capacity of 251 litres and elbow room of 1,369 mm (in the five-door).
With the rear seats folded down, the boot can hold 951 litres in the three-door and 959 litres in the five-door.
The long wheelbase of 2,420 mm creates plenty of space in the rear; four people can enjoy journeys in comfort. The EasyEntry function in the three-door version (standard in SE and SE L trim levels) makes it easier for passengers to get into the back.
The SKODA CITIGO's dashboard has a neat, uncluttered design. The instrument cluster with speed indicator, rev counter and fuel gauge comes in a new design and is available in two different versions.
The standard three-spoke steering wheel bearing the SKODA logo is now available as a multifunction steering wheel with leather cover (standard for SE L).
The Climatronic air conditioning system (optional from the Ambition trim level) ensures pleasant temperatures at all times.
The new-generation Blues and Swing radio and infotainment systems offer many connectivity options - ranging from an aux-in socket to an SD-card slot and a USB port. The Swing variant additionally features a colour display, six speakers and a Bluetooth connection, meaning the Swing infotainment system can be paired with the smartphone.
Standard safety equipment includes four airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a traction control system, Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), electromechanical power steering, three-point seat belts for all four seats, belt tensioners for those in the front, Isofix anchor points on the rear seats (including top tether fastening), automatic activation of the hazard lights in the event of emergency braking, Hill Hold Control and tyre pressure monitoring.
Modern three-cylinder engines are used in the SKODA CITIGO. The front-, transverse-mounted engines produce 44 kW (60 PS) and 55 kW (75 PS), and drive the front wheels. The cylinder capacity is 1.0 l (999 cc) in each case.
Despite the small cylinder capacity, all power variants of the 1.0-l powertrain are characterised by high torque with low noise levels and high efficiency. All engines meet the strict requirements of the EU6 emissions standard. In addition, models at all trim levels can be equipped with GreenTech technology as an option, which optimises fuel consumption.
The entry-level engine is the 1.0-l engine with 60 PS. The CITIGO accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 14.4 seconds. In combination with the five-speed manual transmission, it has a combined consumption of 64.2mpg on average and emits 101 g of CO2 per km.
With the same cylinder capacity (999 cc), the more powerful engine variant of the SKODA CITIGO delivers 75 PS. 90 per cent of its maximum torque is available at 3,000 rpm. Top speed: 107mph (with manual transmission), acceleration from 0 to 62mph: 13.5 seconds. Combined consumption with manual transmission averages 76.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 96 g/km.
The SKODA CITIGO comes with either a five-speed manual gearbox or an automated shift gearbox. The focus here was on a compact design weighing very little. The manual gearbox weighs just 27 kg. Weighing less than 30 kg, the automated version of the gearbox - known as ASG - is also one of the lightest automatic gearboxes ever built.
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Choose an SE for another £1,000 and you benefit from 14-inch alloy wheels, chrome radiator grille surround, tinted rear lights, LED daytime running lights, air-conditioning, height-adjustable driver's seat and Swing Radio with colour display, Bluetooth, SD card slot, USB port, six speakers and a Smartphone holder for app-based navigation and other functions.
The SE model is also available in GreenTech specification for greater fuel efficiency for £9,975 (OTR) and with the ASG automated gearbox for £10,280 (OTR) in 60PS three-door form.
Colour Editions are based on the SE and add 15-inch Crux Alloy wheels in black or white, metallic paint, tinted rear glass and front fog lights for an £855 premium.
With prices starting from £10,525 (OTR) for the same 60PS engine, flagship SE L models gain 15-inch Crux alloy wheels, chrome interior door handles, leather multifunction steering wheel, leather gearshift handle and handbrake lever, rear parking sensors, heated front seats and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors.
Meanwhile those looking for a sportier feel from their Citigo can order a Monte Carlo edition, based on the SE but adding 15-inch Crux alloy wheels in black, 15mm lower suspension, sports seats and upholstery, red centre console, leather multifunction sports steering wheel and special Monte Carlo styling and badging.
The updated CITIGO is available for order now from your friendly local dealer.
SKODA CITIGO Gets A Makeover, 29th June 2017, 18:36 PM