Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Urban Citigo's a First for Skoda

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Urban Citigo's a First for Skoda

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IT may seem strange for a company whose name is synonymous with value for money and low running costs, but the all-new Citigo is Skoda's first-ever city car.

With a classically simple design and outstanding urban agility, the Citigo is claiming to set new standards of comfort, convenience, environmental considerations and technical sophistication.

The newcomer is aimed at younger drivers, families who need a second car and older motorists with an active lifestyle. The Citigo has a spacious and bright cabin which can accommodate four adults, and boasts the largest boot in its class plus a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine comes with a power output of either 60 or 75PS, plus the option of GreenTech fuel-saving technologies including stop/start and brake energy recuperation. A newly developed five-speed manual transmission is standard, though an automatic gearbox is available on some models. It means the Citigo achieves economy of almost 70mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 96g/km.

Skoda's traditional trim levels of S, SE and Elegance are on offer and can be personalised with a range of factory and dealer-fit options including the Personal Infotainment Device. This is dashboard-mounted touch-screen technology providing Bluetooth, sat-nav and trip data.

Prices for the 14-car Citigo line-up begin at pounds 7,630 for the entry-level three-door model, with five-door models another pounds 350.

The Citigo can be bought through eKODAFinance's Solutions Personal Contract Plan (PCP), which includes three years' servicing, from pounds 75 per month.

SUBARU revealed lower-than-expected prices for its stylish new sports car, the BRZ, which arrived here just in time for summer. Powered by the company's tried and tested two-litre Boxer engine driving the rear wheels, there are two variants with prices of pounds 24,995 and pounds 27,995.

Both the 2.0i SE, and 2.0i SE Lux come with a choice of a six-speed manual or, for pounds 1,500 more, a six-speed automatic with paddle shift operation. A more basic S model will follow next year, which is expected to cost even less. The BRZ is not massively powerful, but it is beautifully balanced and a shed-load of fun with realistic insurance premiums. …

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