Skoda has released pricing details of its newest Citigo, one of the most anticipated new-vehicle launches in the United Kingdom. This is the company's first entry in the fast-emerging city automobile segment. the automaker claims that this model delivers remarkable interior space, agile road manners and a new benchmark in technical superiority, all packaged in the Citigo's contemporary design, appealing to a variety of new car buyers.
Moreover, the vehicle has already received a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. The Citigo is only 3,563 mm long, and is offered in either five-door or three-door body styles. It accommodates four people and has 251 liter of boot behind. When the back seats are folded down, the boot space increased to a class-leading 951 liters on the three-door model and 959 liters on the five-door variant. The Citigo features all the core values for which Skoda has become popular -- engineering excellence with a human touch.
It offers a variety of inventive storage solutions as well as a document and photo holder, a glove compartment with an attached bag hook and other clever features. Furthermore, it is the first ŠKODA model to feature the revised 'winged arrow' logo of the brand. The vehicle is run by a single three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol powerplant with either 60PS or 75PS.
It generates the most fuel-efficient and cleanest drive possible with carbon dioxide emissions ranging from only 96 to 105g/km. Fuel economy is as high as 68.9 mpg. The entry-level Citigo S models offer a comprehensive list of standard equipment such as Head/Thorax airbags, power steering, height-adjustable steering wheel, preparation for portable infotainment device (PID), daytime driving lights, 14-inch steel wheels and CD player with aux input.
The S trim is available for as low as £7,630 for the three-door variant and £7,980 for the five-door version. The mid-level Citigo SE features electric front windows, ESP, body colored door mirrors and handles, air-conditioning and remote central locking as standard. The SE trim has a starting price of £8,530 for the three-door variant and £8,880 for the five-door unit.
The flagship trim line of Citigo is the Elegance, which offers heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, heated front seats, 14-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps and leather steering wheel as standard features. Prices for this flagship trim line start at £9,470 for the three-door variant and £9,820 for the five-door version.
In developing the Citigo, Škoda knew that it did not want to limit customers to “best-agers” or families that are on the hunt for a second vehicle. The brand also made sure to target the young drivers. To this end, CEO Winfried Vahland shared that the new model is a subcompact that manages to cross different generations.
He added that it also appeals to various individuals, especially those that are conscious when it comes to cost and want a vehicle that has excellent design, practicality, quality, and safety. This is what can be expected from the new Citigo. Indeed, with a length of 3.56 meters, width of 1.65 meters, and height of 1.48 meters, this makes the Citigo one of the most compact there is. With a wheelbase measuring 2.42 meters, four people can sit comfortably inside making the Citigo also one of the roomiest models there is.
There is even a three-door version that has an Easy Entry function to make accessing the rear seats simple. Boot volume is just as impressive at 251 liters and coupled with interior width of 1.36 meters.
The only other automaker that can match this amount of boot space is likely the Volkswagen Group. Following the philosophy of “City Clever,” the Citigo is an all-rounder vehicle that is best for urban areas. Handling is excellent with visibility truly superior. Given that this is from Škoda, it continues to have many of the interior values to ensure that it offers excellent value for money.
With all of these qualities, Škoda expects the new Citigo to appeal to a large number of customers, especially those in Europe. Commenting on this, CEO Vahland said that the Citigo has put the brand on the map in a segment that has come to represent an estimated 10% of worldwide car sales. Of these, 25% are attributed to Europe, he continued.
In the future, he added, the demand will increase for vehicles that not only offer low fuel consumption but come with low operating costs and an appealing price. CEO Vahland said further that what this means is that the Citigo has arrived at the right time and will likely win over a number of customers, especially in Europe. Škoda also revealed that there will be three trims for the Citigo which is the Active, the Ambition, and the Elegance.