Skoda Ireland has organized a launch event for its newly updated Citigo and Rapid models in Sandyford, Dublin, a stone’s throw from the Carzone HQ. 2018 Skoda Citigo and Rapid have both received styling updates for 2018, with new engine choices and a host of additional equipment. We spent time with both models that day, with our first trip to Citigo.
All cars are equipped with a new grille, bumpers, new headlights and a refitted hood. The racy Monte Carlo is easy to distinguish from the rest of the range, thanks to a number of eye-catching additions. Checkered decals are on the bottom of the doors and on the trunk, while the car also gets 15-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and a new front bumper with a small spoiler. There is a corresponding wing perched on the hatch cover, too.The various add-ons may not be to everyone’s taste, but they help the Citigo stand out from the crowd. In addition, you will find special badging on the B pillar and door plates, while the suspension has been lowered by 15 mm to give the car a more sporty stance.Underneath Monte Carlo hides a humble Citigo SE, which means that you will still have mid-range equipment. This car benefits from the addition of the new Swing audio system with a color display, which offers crisp graphics and is easy to use. It is combined with a fixed mobile phone holder placed above the dashboard, as well as integrated Apple iOS and Android applications. These are nice benefits, but are only included on the SE trim and above.
The functional interior has typical VW robustness to perceived build quality and exposed materials. Comfortable seats, as well as a height-adjustable steering wheel, mean that most people will be able to find a proper driving position in the small but surprisingly spacious cabin.In fact, there’s even enough room for adults in the back of a Citigo, with plenty of free space and ample leg and kneeroom, too. The boot of 251 liters is competitive in this category, even five years after the launch of the car. The rear seats divide and fold down to 60:40, and only the Ford Ka + and the recently revised Dacia Sandero offer significantly more space for the money. Updated Citigos get new dials, a multifunction steering wheel and two-tone finishing options. On the Monte Carlo, the center console is soft-touch red plastic, while the seats have color-coded fabric inserts. There is also a leather-wrapped shifter and handbrake, as well as a flat-bottomed wheel.
Skoda is not chosen to fit the latest Citigo with the new 1.0-liter supercharged 89hp engine from the newly refreshed VW Up. As a result, you will be offered either 59hp or 74hp models that can both return 57mpg.
The new Citigo will make it its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March and is expected to go on sale before 2018. It should cost about the same as the outgoing model of entry-level cars Could you cost around £ 8,500 while Range- trim versions could cost closer to £ 11,500.