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Skoda Citigo-e iV Review

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  • Launched in 2020
  • City car
  • EV
  • Launch year
    2020
  • Body type
    City car
  • Fuel type
    EV

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Small car with electric brilliance

Best bits

  • Driving experience is enhanced by electric power
  • Should provide super-low running costs
  • Beats petrol if you’re driving in the city

Not so great

  • Range is slightly lower than key rivals
  • A bit dull inside
  • Fast-charge system costs extra

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Skoda Citigo e-iV Front Side View

Overall verdict

Skoda Citigo e-iV Driver's Seat

On the inside

Skoda Citigo e-iV Front View

Driving

Skoda Citigo e-iV Charging Port

How much does it cost to run

Skoda Citigo e-iV Rear Side View

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"Some aspects of the Citigo-e iV are showing their age, but on balance it proves that modern electric cars are as capable as petrol-powered equivalents, and are better still in many aspects. It still requires a sizeable financial commitment but should reward that investment with low running costs."

Skoda Citigo e-iV Front Side View

There’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the Skoda Citigo - at least in its past life. First introduced in 2012 and then discontinued in 2019, the Citigo was Skoda’s entry into the city car class. It was successful too, bringing a lot of quality to the segment alongside its near-identical Volkswagen and SEAT sister cars, the Up and the Mii.


When Skoda's parent company Volkswagen made a big switch to EVs, it took all its brands with it. The Skoda Citigo and the SEAT Mii have ceased production as petrol-powered cars and have been reintroduced as pure electric vehicles, while the Up continues with the option of petrol power alongside the electric version.

 

Visually there’s not much to distinguish the Citgo e iV (to give it its full name) from the regular Citigo, save for the front grille which is almost completely blanked off and some discreet badges. It remains a design based on getting as much interior space as possible, which means a boxy body with very short overhangs, a short bonnet and an almost vertical tailgate. It’s aged very well, considering the basic shape is approaching ten years old, and particularly in a higher specification it looks quite fresh.


There are few surprises when you get inside too, as the vast majority of the cabin is carried over from the outgoing Citigo. There’s still a large glazed area that helps the feeling of space and gives good visibility, helped by the slim dashboard. All the major controls are grouped closely together in the centre, but the Citigo e does without a central touchscreen like you get in some EV rivals, so you have to use your smartphone to make phone calls and stream music on the move.


There is a single drivetrain choice for the Citigo-e iV, an electric motor providing up to 83PS and 212Nm of torque, with a continuous power output of 55PS through a single-speed automatic gearbox driving the front wheels. The battery pack is 36.8kWh, which gives the Citigo-e iV a WLTP range of 161 miles. 


Driving the Citigo-e iV is everything you could wish for from an electric car; there’s lots of torque for quick acceleration from low speeds, and you can adjust the amount of regenerative braking so you can use the brake pedal less. The rest of the driving experience is barely distinguishable from the original Citigo, but arguably better. It’s quieter, just as comfortable and even more relaxing - as well as being cheaper to run.


As an overall package, the Citigo-e iV is even more impressive than the original petrol car. It offers the same space efficiency and sense of quality, but adds zero emissions, lower running costs, and is arguably more fun to drive. If you can live with the purchase price it’s a great way to get into EV ownership.

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Skoda Citigo

1.0 MPI Colour Edition 3dr

  • 2018
  • 34,672 miles
  • Trust Group Skoda Stourbridge
  • Worcestershire, DY97DE
Price:£5,400
PCP: £88.68/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £88.68, Customer Deposit: £810.00, Total Deposit: £810.00, Optional Final Payment: £2,395.00, Total Charge For Credit: £908.80, Total Amount Payable: £6,308.80, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.84%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.6ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Skoda Citigo-e iV right for you?


The Citigo-e iV is a breeze to drive, while the low noise levels and brisk urban performance are backed up by quick steering and a comfortable ride to make it an ideal choice for city dwellers. Low running costs are a big plus too, once you get past the initial purchase price. Anyone looking for a near-perfect city car should give it serious consideration, even if you do have to undertake longer journeys on occasion.


As for rivals, its in-house competition from the Volkswagen e-Up and the SEAT Mii Electric are different only on price and looks, while the Renault Zoe is a little bigger and more expensive, but offers a more grown-up cabin, better performance and increased range, making it suitable for a wider audience.


What’s the best Citigo-e iV model to choose?

Unlike the Mii Electric, the Citigo-e iV is available in two specifications. The basic trim is the SE, and comes with climate control, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a DAB radio with touchscreen display. The more expensive SE L version adds better seat fabric, a smarter dashboard panel as well as automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. 


Most crucially however the SE L comes with Combined Charging System as standard - only an option on the SE - which means you can use public fast-charging points and get an 80% charge in an hour. It’s £700 to upgrade the SE to the CCS system, but we would say it is an essential piece of kit however you spec your Citigo-e iV.


What other cars are similar to the Citigo-e iV?

Look no further than the SEAT Mii Electric and Volkswagen e-Up if it’s similarity you’re looking for, so consider all three before making a choice at the bare minimum. The Mii Electric and e-Up are single-model ranges unlike the Citigo, so it’s easy to compare price and specification before taking the plunge.


The other main rival in the small EV sector is Renault’s Zoe, and although it is a slightly bigger car and therefore more expensive, it comes in a choice of two power outputs, two charging modes, and three trim levels, so it’s easier to pick the car you need.


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Skoda Citigo e-iV Driver's Seat

On the inside

Skoda Citigo e-iV Front View

Driving

Skoda Citigo e-iV Charging Port

How much does it cost to run

Skoda Citigo e-iV Rear Side View

Prices, versions and specification

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