Matthew Jones28 September 2011

First pic: Skoda Citigo

The Czech Up lunges into view. Looks rather like a Volkswagen Up. ’Cos it kind of is

Skoda Citigo

This is the new Citigo from Skoda.

It's the Czech company's sixth model line and hits forecourts in summer 2012. And it reminds us of something. Something German. Something with an exclamation mark.

Inside, the four-seater's chair arrangements also seem familiar. So do its dimensions - it's 3560mm long with virtually no bodywork protruding beyond the wheels. It's also very narrow - 1650mm wide - and quite short - 1480mm.

These numbers ring a bell. 

It also has a 2420mm wheelbase and can fit 251 litres of, umm, litreage in the boot. Which also reminds us of something.

Engine wise, a pair of 999cc three-pot petrols are available at launch. There's a 99mph, 59bhp 1.0-litre petrol that produces 62.8mpg and another 74bhp, 70lb ft effort that gets the Citigo to 106mph and produces 108g/km CO2.

We'd be willing to bet that, right now, you're desperate to discover the Skoda's DRAG COEFFICIENT AND KERB WEIGHT! Guess what? Curiously, they're the same as a Volkswagen Up's (0.33 and 929kg).

Although the outline has strong wafts of another new, small city car, it's distinguished by Skodary headlights (which ape the manufacturer's new design language, as seen on the Concept D on display at the 2011 Geneva motor show). And you get a photograph and handbag holder.

Based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever, we reckon the Skud will cost less than its nearest competitor, which may well be the Volkswagen Up.

How are we feeling about this car, TopGear.commers?

NEWS JUST IN: the Citigo's based on the Volkswagen Up. Which, as you'll remember, we rather like.

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