The Å KODA Citigo has been named the UKâ€™s Safest Used First Car 2017 by Co-op Insurance, in partnership with UK safety organisation Thatcham Research. Created to highlight the safest and most protective used car options for first time buyers, the award is the first of its kind in the UK.
Å KODAâ€™s city car saw off tough competition to finish at the top of the pack, confirming it as the perfect first car for newly qualified drivers. While the Citigo is well known in the new car market for its high levels of safety equipment and strong design, this is the first time its protective qualities have been recognised in the used sector.
To qualify for the 2017 award shortlist, all cars needed by classed as city cars or superminis, have a five-star Euro NCAP rating and CO2Â emissions of 120g/km or lower. In addition, examples had be widely available on the used car market for under Â£5,000 and come with a low insurance group rating. When all these key factors were taken into account, the Citigo emerged as the clear winner.
Announcing the Citigoâ€™s award, James Hillon, Director of Products at Co-op Insurance commented: â€œThe fact that almost a third of young drivers have been involved in a road traffic incident in the first six months of driving highlights just how important it is to have a safe vehicle. You cannot put a price on safety. We want to intercept and engage young drivers on the importance of putting safety over price when purchasing a first car.â€
Launched in 2012, Citigo has won numerous industry awards â€“ including Auto Express Car of the Year â€“ and offers new and used car buyers a high number of passive and active safety features. In addition to a robust shell, all models feature front, head and side airbags as standard, while SE models and above are equipped with ESC stability control as standard. For even greater levels of protection, Å KODA also offers a Safety Pack that includes Å KODAâ€™s City Safe system. This senses vehicles, pedestrians and other hazards in front of the car when travelling at town speeds and automatically applies the brakes if the driver doesnâ€™t.
Used examples of the Citigo are available through Å KODAâ€™s Approved Used network, where all models come with 12 months roadside assistance, 12 months warranty and a 30 day / 1,000 mile exchange offer.