Nearly new buying guide: Skoda Citigo

Nearly new buying guide: Skoda Citigo

If you want an automatic city car, the Citigo isn’t the best option, because its ASG is ultra-slow and jerky, plus it can suffer issues (as can the manual).

Several owners have reported brake and exhaust system issues, so check these on your test drive; and there can also be a loss of power due to the camshaft oil-pressure valve blocking, so ask if the oil has been changed regularly. The cambelt should be changed every 60 months or five years, too, plus the auxiliary drive belt and battery should be changed at every major service.

Some owners have reported lighting problems, too, signalled by dashboard warning alerts.

The stereo is basic, but you can clip a separate display to the top of the dashboard that includes sat-nav and a Bluetooth phone connection and can display the car’s trip computer.

The last time the Citigo featured in the What Car? Reliability Survey, it came sixth of 23 small and city cars.

Need to know

Just £3000 will get you into a used Citigo, but it will be an early three-door S with the 60 engine. For five doors and the 75 engine or a higher trim, you will need at least £4000. Spend between £4000 and £6000 on good 2014 to 2017 cars or around £7000 to £9000 on 2018 and 2019 examples. You will need at least £18,000 for an EV.