Bohemian dumplings are not haute cuisine, but they still taste good. This is how it goes with the S koda Citigo. He's just not as hip as his VW brother Up, doesn't need an exclamation mark after his name, and certainly not a cool face with a permanent grin.
Inside, too, it's in the Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI as factual as in German offices. Where the Up with piano lacquer and fully glazed rear window is gaudy, the Skoda freely admits: I'm a cheap small car.
Skoda Citigo with practical extras and mobile navigation system
The Czechs preferred to invest the money in smart, useful details: only for Skoda customers there are, for example, practical mesh pockets on the front seats for stowing cell phones and other small items, a hook for the handbag that is integrated into the handle of the glove compartment, and nets in the trunk of the Skoda Citigo, which prevent the purchases from being thrown around.
Otherwise, the relationship between the Skoda Citigo unmistakably for the VW group brother. Also on board is the 355 euro detachable navigation system, which VW developed together with Navigon especially for the new family of small cars. On this day it guides us reliably through the province around the Czech capital Prague.
First, the more powerful version of the new one-liter three-cylinder with 75 hp is ready for the trip. The little engine can willingly turn up to a good 6,000 rpm, whereby the Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI only acknowledges the gas command in the upper speed range with the three-cylinder humming typical of the three cylinders. Compared to competitors like Toyota Aygo and Co., the noise level remains pleasantly low. Even the Czech highways with their craters cannot change that. The patchwork of poorly patched potholes is effectively ironed smooth by the Skoda Citigo's comfortable chassis. In combination with the buttery smooth five-speed gearshift and the precise, electromechanical steering, the country trip is really fun.
Skoda Citigo with up to 951 litersLuggage volume
That does not change with the 15 HP weaker version, which only lacks draft on the highway. Those who prefer to be out and about in the city can confidently save the additional price of around 600 euros. Although the highway is not the Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI's preferred job, it offers enough space for a weekend trip. The trunk volume of 251 to 951 liters marks a top value in this class.
The rear passengers in the Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI are not too cramped either. Only the somewhat tedious entry speaks in favor of the four-door model that will also follow in 2012. Skoda has not officially announced any prices, but the basic version will probably cost around 9,000 euros, with the electronic anti-skid ESP being on board as standard. That tastes good.