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Skoda Citigo Monte Carlo

THE FULL MONTE? (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The Skoda Citigo Monte Carlo offers a sporty take on the citycar theme. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 51

Skoda's Citigo Monte Carlo takes the 60PS three-cylinder version of the brand's Citigo urban runabout and adds a stack of attitude. Body styling addenda, 15-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension and racier seats are just part of a deal to put a citycar on your driveway you could feel really proud of.

Backgroundword count: 152

Badging a car can be a minefield. You want to end up with something memorable and vaguely apt without lapsing into unintentional comedy. The Ford Aspire wasn't the least bit aspirational and the Austin Allegro Sport was about as sporting as shooting fish in a barrel. The MINI Hampton edition wasn't something most guys would admit to owning and the Hyundai Excel excelled solely at projecting the image of a clueless skinflint. So what are we to make of this, a Skoda Citigo citycar with a 'Monte Carlo' badge on the back. Think Monte Carlo and you think of oligarchs using Ferraris as their daily drivers. Pulling up outside the casino in a tiny Skoda would probably elicit a raised eyebrow and a request to move on. Still, the link isn't entirely tenuous. Skoda has campaigned its cars at the Monte Carlo rally with some success. None of them were Citigos though.

Driving Experienceword count: 255

I'm not sure what a 1.0-litre engine with 60PS will feel like on the Col de Turini but I'd hazard a guess that coming down might be a bit more exciting than going up. This Monte Carlo model isn't meant to be taken too seriously as a performance projectile but Skoda has at least gone to the effort of fitting it with lower and firmer suspension to dispel the suspicion that this is purely a bit of cosmetic frippery. The body is lowered by 15mm as a result and the bigger 15-inch alloy wheels also mean that the ride will be a little chattier over bad surfaces. That 60PS three-pot motor might not set your trousers alight on the drag up Beau Rivage but it's perfectly adequate for squirting about town as the body of this car is extremely light. The sprint to 62mph takes around 14 seconds and 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. 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 citycar fare for keener drivers.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

14.4

Combined mpg:

62.8

CO2 (g/km):

105

Extra urban mpg:

72.4

Height (mm):

1478

Length (mm):

3563

... and 5 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Small Runabouts

Performance
50%
Handling
60%
Comfort
60%
Space
50%
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