Skoda enters city car segment with Citigo model

Article by Anita Panait, on June 6, 2012

Skoda will try its luck in the city car segment with its new all-new Citigo vehicle, marking the first time that the company will offer a model in that target market. The sixth model in Skoda's lineup, the Citigo, will try to attract customers who prefer city cars with its value-for-money appeal. Skoda boasts that Citigo has a simple yet charismatic design and a made-for-city agility. 

The Citigo also marks a new era for Skoda, as the new city car is its first model to banner its revised ‘winged arrow' corporate badge. Skoda has the Citigo targeted at younger drivers and families who need a second car.

The company also has the Citigo targeted at older motorists with an active lifestyle. Citigo features a spacious cabin that can fit in four adults without any difficulties. The Citigo also boasts of having the largest boot in its class as well as a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

The city car is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that could provide outputs of either 60 or 75PS. The engine could be endowed with GreenTech fuel-saving technologies as an option, which could include stop/start and brake energy recuperation.

The Citigo comes with a newly developed five-speed manual gearbox as standard, but a buyer could avail of the automatic transmission only on certain variants. The Citigo officially features a combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 96g/km.

Skoda's new city car is available 14 variants and in three high-specification trim levels - S, SE and Elegance, but a buyer could personalize his Citigo with a range of factory and dealer-fit options. One such option is the Personal Infotainment Device (PID), a touch-screen technology mounted on the dashboard that provides Bluetooth, sat-nav, and trip data. Starting price for an entry-level three-door Citigo model is £7,630, while a five-door variant could be availed for £7,980.

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