Video: Skoda Citigo Sport . . . compact citycar for all those on the Go
Skoda's Citigo Sport is a well-equipped citycar powered by a modest 60PS 1.0-litre engine. It's got firmer suspension than the standard car, ritzy body stripes and alloys and a very classy touch screen sat nav and Bluetooth system.
This isn't purely a cosmetic transformation. Under the body of the Citigo Sport, Skoda has fitted sports suspension which lowers the body by 15mm and it also rides on 15-inch alloy wheels.
The result is that the ride will be a bit firmer over bad surfaces but the stance of the vehicle is improved quite dramatically as well. It now sits foursquare over its tyres like a shrunken Super 2000 rally car. It doesn't go like one but 60PS is adequate for squirting about town as the body of this car is extremely light. The sprint to 60mph takes around 14 seconds, which sounds incredibly lethargic, but up to around 20mph the Citigo feels quite peppy due to its low gearing and lack of inertia.
It's usually enough to zip it in front of most things from the lights. The top speed is 99mph, so you'll need to be really trying hard to get yourself into trouble on the motorway, but you'll also need to give the Citigo Sport a determined pedalling to keep up with outside lane traffic.
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Good steering, high levels of grip and strong brakes mean that the Citigo – along with its SEAT Mii and Volkswagen up! siblings – offer more than the usual city car fare for keener drivers.
You get to choose from either three doors or five and then the choice extends to whether you want your Citigo Sport finished in Candy White with red stripes, Tornado Red with black stripes or Deep Black with red stripes. All the colour combinations look good as, rather surprisingly, does the five door car.
Normally when you're buying a small car like this, the five door model looks a bit frumpy and the longer doors of the three door lend it a sleeker look but there's really not a lot between the two body styles here. Tinted windows and front fog lights? You've got 'em.
The dashboard is simply designed, with a clear instrument binnacle and a high-mounted pod that houses the ventilation and audio controls. There's no reach adjustment on the steering column which is a minor grumble but otherwise there's aces of space and adjustability up front. The five-door model has no more rear space than the three-door and while there's no shortage of headroom, it's inevitable that in a citycar, rear legroom is pinched if there are taller people up front.
Although a sporty citycar might seem a bit of an oddity, Skoda has been refreshingly restrained when it comes to modifying the Citigo. It is, after all, a winning formula already and deviating too far from this template might not be the smartest move. The Citigo Sport is nicely judged, with a slightly firmer ride quality and a whole host of sporting cues that merely garnish the Citigo recipe. If you're looking for a cheap car, the standard Citigo models are where the value's at. You can buy a Citigo S for just over seven and a half grand, nearly £3,000 less than where this Citigo Sport starts. Is it worth it? That's your call. This car has a certain charm and the Sport model just adds to the feel good factor. We can see why you'd like this one.