Before you may ask, let me clarify that as with almost every Skoda car, the Citigo is a rebadged Volkswagen. Based on the Up! this car is VW group’s offering to those who are looking for a sub compact for urban use. Like with Skoda internationally, the Citigo will be placed at an affordable price point. But going by the pricing of VW cars and their Czech representatives in India, expect the Citigo to be priced just a wee bit below the upcoming VW Up! Now, as expected from a reputed manufacturer, the Volkswagen group has not exercised cost controls when it comes to safety factor of this Skoda. The Citigo was recently awarded a full five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, which simply means that the car scores maximum points with respect to overall safety the car provides (includes passenger, whiplash test, infant and pedestrian protection).
As is the norm at Euro NCAP, Citigo was tested in front, side and pole impact collisions. The head-thorax airbags, seat belt reminders for all seats, City Safe Drive features coupled with passive safety features clearly helped in making the Citigo a very safe car. To put things in perspective, the current generation of Suzuki Alto (A-Star in India) scored 3/5 stars in a similar test by Euro NCAP.
“This excellent five-star rating confirms the Citigo’s high level of safety,” said Eckhard Schols, Škoda’s in charge of technical development. “The development team has done outstanding work and it has proved that affordable, yet uncompromising safety is achievable even in the city car segment. The award by Euro NCAP is deserved praise for this great dedication.” He further added.
Now, when the Volkswagen Up! is all set to be launched in India, can the Skoda Citigo be far behind?