Skoda's new city car, the Citigo, has achieved five stars in its latest Euro NCAP crash tests ahead of its 2012 debut.

The Skoda Citigo is an economical model and its design is a lot like the Volkswagen Up! and Seat Mii two cars sharing the same platform as the small city car.

However, Skoda's is expected to be less expensive than the Volkswagen, whose badge alone will add extra to the starting price, while retaining the high level of equipment and engines. All in all, it looks like the pick of the three small cars set to go on sale next year.

The Citigo is a very practical vehicle with its three and four door availability. It also has four seats and boot size of 251-litres.

Its most economical engine is a Greenline version of a 1.0-litre petrol and returns CO2 emissions of 97g/km and mileage of 67.3. This sub 100g/km means it is exempt from road tax.

In truth the Citigo's exterior design is quite boxy, but its interior is spacious and practical. It has plenty of leg and head room and also has a number of cubby holes for storage use.

Other features of the Skoda Citigo include a portable navigation system, hands-free calling with built in Bluetooth and a new laser sensor brake system which helps prevent collisions by automatically applying the brakes when there is danger.

Skoda Citigo factfile

What is the Skoda Citigo?

The Citigo is Skoda's city car addition to its range which combines practicality with low emissions in an attempt to take in the likes of the Fiat 500 and Ford Ka.

How economical is the Skoda Citigo?

It has a combined fuel economy of 97g/km and returns mileage of 67.3.

How much will it cost and when is it out?

The Skoda Citigo is out in 2012 and prices start from £7,000.