So now with Škoda, a microcar.
As usual in the last 20 years, it is of course not an in-house development, but a group vehicle that is also sold under the brand face of Seat and the large group parent Volkswagen.
At Škoda, a lot of effort has been made to give the little Up sibling its own identity, and so the tiny, 3- or 5-door model, a radiator grille in the style of the house, in contrast to the grille-free dispenser: “up! ”. However, the logo has slid up into the hood and the light graphic has been brought into the Škoda angular shape on the back.
Do you recognize the Citigo as Škoda?
One could very well say that there is a face in the crowd, but the Volkswagen gene can be clearly recognized. With almost Prussian straightforwardness and penetrating objectivity, each fugue wants to report on the level of perfection achieved in automobile construction. The clear, absolutely unplayable sheet metal shapes stifle any doubts about the seriousness of the intentions with which the makers want to position the new nerdy at the top in the class of small cars.
To judge from this, the Škoda would be just a cheap copy, jumping too short. All 3 microcars have been given a personality imprint that is just as common in a good family.
Built for the city. You notice that quickly and, in the case of clarity, you appreciate this clearly defined form of the small Citigo even within a short time. The Citigo got a relatively long wheelbase in relation to its external length and therefore convinces with very good space conditions in the interior. An example of this is the interior width of 1.36m, which reports on the cleverly used space in a vehicle that is just under 1,46 meters wide. Thanks to the steeply positioned windows and the painted door panel, older drivers are reminded of the first generation of Golf. In the interior, the workmanship is also convincing, but the plastics used are a clear indication of the price range. Even if grained and colored in different versions, hard plastic remains hard plastic and does not flatter the hand. A few bright spots in the interior are different. The switches are VW standard and therefore also on a haptically pleasant level. We particularly liked the “mobile” navigation system integrated in the test vehicle, which not only knows the right way in the urban jungle, but also serves as a multimedia unit, Bluetooth hands-free system and on-board computer display.[one_third last = "no"] Urban: A buzzword for living together in big cities. Away from public transport, there is a steadily growing market for small, economical, handy and well-arranged vehicles. Škoda also wants to be successful with the Citigo in this segment.
3-cylinder: The engine of the Citigo is offered in 2 performance levels: 60PS and 75PS. But they are the same in their basic configuration. 3 cylinder with 999cm³ displacement and modern four-valve technology. Both engines work without charge. [/ one_third]
Simply smarter? Urban mobility.
Both the 60HP and the 75HP engine were available for our test drive. Within the city speed, the differences can hardly be explored. While you can get excited about the rumbling running of the engines, the 5-speed manual transmission reconciles with perfect precision. The Prussian genes are visible again. Both the gradation of the 5 gears and the pleasing, precise guidance of the gearshift lever contradict the acoustically inharmonious 3-cylinder under the short, stubby hood.
Both engine variants depend well on the gas and pull through properly, but the running noise and the smooth running of the engine still leave a lot of room for improvement. As of country road speed, the 60 HP engine naturally continues to lose its already less pronounced vigor. But those who drive frequent overland stages will probably not use the “city car”.
Without fault and blame on the other hand: the suspension comfort of the compact car of Škoda. He drives himself very grown-up. Whether this condition persists even when loaded, will be a single test of Citigo have to clarify.
Short back to the engines:
The 3-cylinder in the 60 HP version develops a torque of 95 Nm between 3.000 and 4.300 revolutions. This rather wide plateau is partly responsible for the fact that you do not feel underpowered despite the manageable performance. The 60PS are sufficient to accelerate to 14,4 km / h in 100 seconds. The top speed is reached at 160 km / h. The “small” engine cannot occupy an impressive place on the motor vehicle power scale, but the 60 hp engine is enough to swim cheekily in traffic.
More efficient? Same displacement, but 75PS. This is ensured by a modified engine control. The torque of the motor remains at 95Nm and remains available between 3.000 and 4.300 revolutions. However, the top speed increases to 171 km / h and the sprint to Tempo 100 shortens to 13.2 seconds.
The combined consumption in the NEDC cycle is estimated at 4.5 / 4.7l. On our test drive, we were able to measure a consumption of 5 liters per 100 km in mixed traffic, which can be considered quite respectable in view of the vehicles that have not yet run in and the Hamburg city traffic.
Unfortunately, Škoda only provides automatic start / stop for the “Green tec” model. Here we are a little irritated by this decision to offer the sensible gasoline-saving technology only in connection with low-friction tires. If Škoda itself speaks of almost 11% savings potential with an automatic start-stop system, we consider this additional saving technology to be useful for every Citigo. City vehicles with frequent “Stop & Go” in particular benefit from this technology.
A diesel engine is not provided for the Citigo, but a natural gas variant will be added at a later date.
The new small car from the likeable brand with origins in the Czech Republic is offered in a number of very lively colors. This includes, for example, the “spring green” or a sunflower yellow. But even in white, which is free of charge, the small Škoda Citigo looks neat and modern on its 14 ″ light alloy rims.
15 ″ aluminum rims with 175 / 65-15 tires are available for an additional charge. Likewise, a variant with 185 / 55-15, with which the city car turns into a city runabout while standing.
The prices start at € 9.450 for the 60PS Citigo in the version: “Active” and with 3 doors. The particularly well-equipped “Elegance” variant in the 75PS 5-door forms the upper end of the Green-Tec version with € 13.150. We particularly recommend the Green-Tec variants, as the included automatic start-stop system is a real asset for everyday city traffic. (The criticism remains, however, of offering the start-stop system as an extra.)
The most sensible and most modern extra, however, is the “Active Brake Assist - City Safe Drive”. This extra, which costs a maximum of € 150, is able to automatically avoid rear-end collisions up to a speed of 30 by recognizing dangerous situations and initiating emergency braking. Anyone who has ever experienced the costly consequences of carelessness lasting only a few seconds will quickly see how sensibly this 150 € is invested.[toggle title = ”Benefits“] Clever city car for urban mobility, without sacrificing it. [/ toggle] [toggle title = ”Disadvantages“] Rumbling 3-cylinder with little manners. [/ toggle] [tabs tab1 = "Consumption"Tab2 ="Equipment"Tab3 ="score"] [Tab id = 1] [arrowlist]
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- ABS, ESP, ASR
- Tinted lenses with UV protection
- Active | Ambition | Elegance
- Clever engine technology.
- Active Brake Assist “City Safe Drive” - € 150
- Heated front seats € 220 (ambition)
- Electric panoramic sunroof € 695 (Ambition / Elegance)
Simply clever or what?
Škoda didn't do anything wrong. The youngest member of the Škoda family of automobiles has become a small character type who, despite his twins from Volkswagen and Seat, can look forward to a successful future with his very own charm of “cleverness” and “sympathy”. The Citigo manages the balancing act of friendly address thanks to the nice front design and a wonderfully simple design language with no frills around the vehicle.
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Bjoern Habegger | April 2012 | Photos: Auto-Bloggerei.de/Hersteller