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Wednesday, 19 July 2017
The smallest Skoda, the Citigo gets a midlife makeover with numerous frontal tweaks.
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
ŠKODA is upgrading the smallest member of its model range. The ŠKODA CITIGO is being launched with three or five doors and many new design, technology and equipment features. The city car stands out in the crowd. The front, side and rear sections display precise shapes, defined edges and smooth surfaces. Instantly recognisable as an attractive, modern and practical city runabout. The ŠKODA CITIGO embodies modern technology and modern urban mobility.
Design: compact yet spacious
With a length of 3,597 mm, width of 1,645 mm and height of 1,478 mm (five-door model), the ŠKODA 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 ŠKODA 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 ŠKODA design. The headlights feature LED daytime running lights (standard from SE) and the fog lights are now available with a cornering function (optional). City Safe Drive with light and rain sensor as well as Light Assist with Coming Home function also provide greater comfort (optional from SE trim level).
The redesigned rear section is characterised by the dark-tinted tail lights (from the SE trim level upwards). In the Style and Ambition trim levels, the roof and the wing mirrors are available in white or black as an optional extra (not applicable for the body colours Sunflower Yellow and Dark Sapphire Blue).
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. The shape of the eight spokes creates the impression of a turbine. In terms of body colours, the vibrant standard colour Kiwi Green replaces the metallic colour Spring Green.
In the interior, the city car presents large interior dimensions that are typical of ŠKODA. The ŠKODA CITIGO offers a boot capacity of 251 l and elbow room of 1,369 mm (in the five-door). With the rear seats folded down, the boot can hold 951 l in the three-door and 959 l 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 rear headroom is a generous 947 mm (993 mm in the front). Elbow room in the rear, which measures 1,389 mm in the three-door and 1,388 mm in the five-door, is also very generous.
Leather multifunction steering wheel and Climatronic
The ŠKODA 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 ŠKODA logo is now available as a multifunction steering wheel with leather cover (standard for SE L). Its buttons allow control of the radio and paired phone without the driver having to remove their hands from the steering wheel. The Climatronic system (optional from the Ambition trim level) ensures pleasant temperatures at all times.
The Swing infotainment system and the Move&Fun App allow the integration of smartphones
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. The Move&Fun App, which runs on the iOS and Android operating systems, provides navigation, a driving data display, hands-free phone calls and tips for efficient driving as well as playing music and the radio. A Maxi-DOT trip computer display is available as an optional extra on SE L and Monte Carlo trim levels.
Driver assistance systems and comprehensive safety equipment
The emergency brake helps to prevent rear-end collisions in city traffic. The assistance feature is automatically active at speeds up to 19 mph. A laser sensor, which is integrated in the rear-view mirror mount, scans an area of 10 m in front of the vehicle. In the event of an impending collision – if the driver does not react – the braking system is primed in the first instance and the hydraulic Brake Assist function becomes more sensitive. The system also initiates a full application of the brakes to bring the car to a standstill if required, or – if the driver is not braking hard enough – it automatically increases the braking force.
Standard 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.
A choice of twoengines with three cylinders
Modern three-cylinder engines are used in the ŠKODA 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 44 kW (60 PS). Maximum torque of 95 Nm is achieved at 3,000 rpm. The ŠKODA CITIGO accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 14.4 seconds. Its top speed is 162 km/h. In combination with the five-speed manual transmission, it has a combined consumption of 4.4 l per 100 km on average and emits 101 g of CO2 per km. In the particularly fuel-efficient GreenTech version, these values are 4.1 l per 100 km and 96 g CO2/km respectively.
With the same cylinder capacity (999 cc), the more powerful engine variant of the ŠKODA CITIGO delivers 55 kW (75 PS). 90 per cent of its maximum torque, which is also 95 Nm, is available at 3,000 rpm. Top speed: 173 km/h (with manual transmission), acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: 13.5 seconds. Combined consumption with manual transmission averages 4.4 l per 100 km, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 101 g/km. In the GreenTech version, the engine consumes 4.1 l per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 96 g/km.
GreenTech: particularly fuel-efficient
A Stop-Start system and brake energy recovery – innovative solutions which ensure lower consumption and emissions – are key features of the 1.0-l engines with GreenTech technology used in the ŠKODA CITIGO.
Transmission, steering and lightweight construction
The ŠKODA CITIGO’s compact overall package with its short front and rear overhangs, long wheelbase and rigid body structure forms the basis for the finely tuned chassis and good driving dynamics. Lightweight, high-strength steel reduces the weight and improves safety. The low weight of both the manual and automatic gearboxes as well as the intelligent operation of the steering also reduce fuel consumption.
In all trim levels, electromechanical power steering with an actuator on the steering column is used. The power support works only when it is required.
The ŠKODA 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. The gearbox reduces consumption by up to 0.1 l of petrol per 100 km compared to the manual version.
The ŠKODA CITIGO’s body design not only sets benchmarks in terms of safety. With its particular rigidity, it also meets the highest demands in terms of comfort with regards to acoustics and vibration behaviour.
A wealth of ‘Simply Clever’ features in the car
The abundance of diverse and intelligent features, which are available in all of the models produced by the long-established Czech brand, has become the motto for the entire product range: ‘SIMPLY CLEVER’. Even the smallest model is packed full of features that make travelling in the car easier. Here is just a selection: umbrella under the passenger seat, fold-out bag hook on the handle of the glove compartment, storage nets on the inner side of the front seats’ backrests (standard from SE), multimedia holder in the centre console, ticket holder on the windscreen and sun visor, cup holder between the front seats,1,5-litre bottle holder in the storage compartments of the front doors, variable boot floor, boot nets and hooks for securing luggage, folding backrest on the front passenger seat (five-door model), storage compartments beside the rear seats (three-door model), removable waste bin. In total, the three-door and five-door models each offer 16 ‘Simply Clever’ features.
Monte Carlo edition
The ŠKODA CITIGO MONTE CARLO is launched in a rally design with dynamic details as standard. Its most striking features are the sports chassis, which has been lowered by 15 mm, front and rear spoilers and the motorsport-inspired styling. The modified front spoiler immediately catches the eye. The radiator grille frame and wing mirror housings come in a sporty black. The rear window and rear side windows are tinted. The interior is also eye-catching with seat covers especially designed for this trim level in Monte Carlo Red. The specification of the ŠKODA CITIGO MONTE CARLO, which is available with three or five doors, is based on the Ambition trim level. The wheel arches are filled out by 15-inch black ‘Crux’ alloy wheels with 185/55 tyres.
ŠKODA also offers a special Colour Editon with three or five doors. This comes with 15-inch Crux alloy wheels in either black or white, metallic paint for the body and tinted rear windows, over the SE on which it is based, Front fog lights complete the look. Inside it features Bluetooth hands-free phone equipment and an SD-card slot. If the smartphone is in the docking station (with holder on the dashboard – optional for the SE and SE L trim levels), it can control the radio and music media.
Citigo S models feature a black radiator grille, Isofix child seat fittings on the rear seats, ticket holder on the windscreen and the Blues radio system with SD card slot, USB port, two speakers and aux-in and CD player functions. Prices for S trim start at £8,635 (OTR) for the three-door model and £8,985 (OTR) for the five-door with 1.0-litre 60PS engine.
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.