If you want an automatic city car, the Citigo isn’t the best option, as its ASG is ultra-slow and jerky, plus it can suffer from issues (just like the manual).
Several owners have reported brake and exhaust system issues, so check them out during your test drive; and there may also be a loss of power due to the camshaft oil pressure valve sticking, so ask if the oil has been changed regularly. The timing belt should also be changed every 60 months or five years, plus the auxiliary drive belt and battery should be changed at every major service.
Some owners have also reported lighting issues, indicated by warning alerts on the dashboard.
The stereo is basic, but you can clip a separate screen to the top of the dash which includes satellite navigation and a Bluetooth phone connection and can display the car’s trip computer.
The last time the Citigo was featured in What Car? Reliability survey, it came sixth out of 23 small cars and city cars.
Only £3000 will get you access to a used Citigo but it will be a three door S with the 60 engine. For five doors and the 75 engine or higher you will need at least £4000 . Spend between £4000 and £6000 on good cars from 2014 to 2017 or around £7000 to £9000 on 2018 and 2019 examples. You’ll need at least £18,000 for an electric vehicle.