YOU want to go ‘green’? No, not like a leprachaun, but in the eco sense of the word. And you don’t want to do it by donning the mantle of a muesli-munching sandal-wearer?

If that’s the case, then the little Skoda Citigo may be for you. With key features such as a stop-start system and brake energy recovery – innovative solutions which ensure lower fuel consumption and emissions – you will be doing your bit for the environment when you get behind the wheel.

Skoda calls it ‘Greentech’, and the eco-friendly equipment was to be found on Weekend Wheels’ latest road-test car, a Citigo SE L five-door. With a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and C02 emissions of 96g/km (manufacturer’s figures) the numbers add up to praiseworthy frugality … and – with clean lines, nimble handling, and an airy cabin – plenty of fun.

The car has had a freshen-up this year, with design features including a new front section with re-designed bonnet, bumpers, fog lights and radiator grille.

The interior is a model of neat, uncluttered, design. There’s an immediately coherent instrument cluster, with substantial-feeling minor controls And Skoda’s designers have pulled off a Tardis-like trick in making the diminutive car feel spacious.

The only drawback room-wise is a boot that is limited to the likes of shopping or weekend bags . But, with the rear seat-back dropped, there is much more usable space.

Features include acoustic rear parking sensors, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, leather trim for multi-function steering wheel, handbrake lever cover and gear-shift, air conditioning, Bluetooth and radio with colour display, aux-in, SD card and USB socket, smartphone holder, and heat-insulating glass for side and rear windows,

On the safety front, you will find the likes of a tyre pressure monitoring system, front-side airbags, to supplement those for driver and front-seat passenger, and electronic stability control.

The driving experience is pleasant, with sufficient punch from the 75bhp three-cylinder petrol engine, so the car acquits itself well enough on the motorway as well as tootling around town. Top speed is 107mph, with 0-62mph in 13.5 seconds. Ride is exemplary for a small car, soaking up poor road surfaces well.

There is no shortage of ‘city cars’, with offerings from the likes of Hyundai, Kia, Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota but the Citigo more than holds its own in this company.

Price: (inc special paint and space-saver spare wheel), £11,835.