Top Gear's big budget car track test
Stig hammers the Sandero, Citigo and i10 on a rallycross course. Will any survive?
Posted: 11 Jun 2014
At least the Sandero is a reasonable approximation of a proper car, with room inside for five adults and luggage. At Lydden Hill - a secret British motorsport gem, coincidentally - the Hyundai and Skoda sit waiting, different and diminutive expressions of modern. Stig skulks in the bushes. Renault's design boss, the excellent and excellently named Laurens van den Acker, apparently didn't just delegate the Dacia to a work-experience kid. I reckon it actually looks better
with the grey bumpers, and there's an actual curve over the rear wheel that catches your eye if you look hard enough.
The Citigo - like Up and Mii, it's a rubbish name - has acquired a silvery moustache in its transition to Skoda, along with bigger headlights and a smattering of other detail changes. But while the Up is chiselled and chamfered with definite and deliberate shades of Apple-ness, the basic Citigo looks too toy-like to be taken completely seriously. Badge engineering is nothing new (remember how the Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet corrupted the dear old Mini?), but it still feels opportunistic.