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Monte Carlo makeover for Skoda Citigo

Wed, 14 May 2014

SKODA has transferred the big-selling Monte Carlo treatment first seen on the Fabia to its little brother, the Citigo.

The Citigo Monte Carlo is based on the mid-range SE trim, but boasts stand-out black detailing including larger 15-inch alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers, a rear mock diffuser, grille and door mirrors.

Inside the cabin the changes include a 'sports' steering wheel and Monte Carlo red/black upholstery. Skoda's PID (Portable Infotainment Device) is also standard, offering satellite navigation, trip and vehicle information, Bluetooth connectivity and a media player.

As with the pre-existing Citigo Sport, the Monte Carlo comes with just one engine option, the cheaper 60-horsepower three-cylinder unit that returns excellent fuel economy with a hearty dash of character. A five-speed manual transmission is the only gearbox option.

While some Citigo models dip below the 100g/km threshold for free road tax, the Monte Carlo's larger wheels and lack of an engine stop-start system means that it falls into road tax band B; currently lining the Monte Carlo up for a £20 per year charge.

Both three- and five-door versions are available, priced from £10,590 and £10,940 respectively.

By Press Association reporter