Electric Skoda Citigo e iV: 165-mile range, on sale 2019

Skoda’s smallest car goes electric, can cover 165 miles per charge and recharge to 80% in one hour

Christofer Lloyd
Nov 19, 2019

The Skoda Citigo has been on sale since 2012, meaning used models are plentiful and affordable, with monthly payments from less than £100 on PCP finance, even with no deposit. The latest version, however, cuts the Citigo’s low running costs even further, with the prospect of zero-emission driving and up to 165 miles per charge.

Skoda’s first electric car follows in the footsteps of the plug-in version of the closely related VW Up - the e-Up - although doubling that car’s 83-mile range. Yes, a new longer-range electric Up is coming, along with the new Seat Mii Electric, but the Citigo is likely to be the cheapest option of the three. So if one of the reasons you want an electric car is to cut your costs, why not go for the most affordable version?

Helping to make the Citigo e iV a realistic prospect for many drivers is that 165-mile range - a figure which should be a relatively realistic prospect as the car’s been assessed under the new, more representative ‘WLTP’ economy test - plus the ability to top up tha batteries to 80% in an hour.

 

This electric Citigo will become the only version of Skoda's small city car you can buy, as petrol versions were discontinued earlier in 2019, but will this new electric version command the same popularity as its predecessor did?

New Skoda Citigo e iV prices

Prices for this lone Citigo e iV start from £20,455 for the entry-level SE trim, although you can expect to save £3,500 from that thanks to the Government Plug-in Car Grant (GPCG), meaning the cheapest Citigo will go on sale from £16,955.

After that we have the SE L trim which begins from £22,815, or £19,315 after the GPCG. If you weren't sure how much of this price comes down to the fact the new Citigo is an electric car, a standard 1.0-litre petrol Octavia in SE trim for about the same price, or even less with BuyaCar's used prices.

New Skoda Citigo e iV specs

If you choose to go in at the cheapest end of the Citigo e iV range, you'll be heading for SE trim which comes equipped with climate control, a leather steering wheel, DAB radio and remote central locking. 

Take the step up to SE L spec and you'll get a load of extra kit, starting with 16-inch aloy wheels and body coloured door mirrors on the outside, with ambient lighting and heated seats inside. You'll also get rear parking sensors on top of that.

New Skoda Citigo e iV performance

Despite the new electric tech, the Citigo e iV remains a spacious four-seater, with practically the same size boot as in petrol models - as the batteries are located under the cabin. Meanwhile, acceleration is better in the electric model than the petrol alternatives, with the plug-in version able to get up to 62mph in 12.5 seconds.

The electric Citigo may not be fast, but it should feel notably quicker than the petrol models, thanks to the instant response from the electric motor and absence of gears to break up the acceleration. Those who are used to blasting among the motorway, however, should be aware that this model tops out at just 81mph - much less than the petrol versions.

We suspect that this is down to the electric motor limiting power at higher speeds to maintain battery charge and help you travel further between plugging in, rather than the Citigo e iV being less capable at motorway speeds, though.

New Skoda Citigo e iV charging

Plug the Citigo e iV into a 40kW fast charger and you should have 80% charge after an hour. Meanwhile, the same charge would take four hours and eight minutes with a 7.2kW wall box, with a 2.3kW home charger requiring 12 hours and 37 minutes.

High-specification models come with charging cables that support the two fastest charging options, though you’ll need to pay extra for these with more basic models. All can be plugged into any household plug socket, meaning that if you rarely stray far from home, you should normally be able to charge there, without having to hunt down a fast charger.

New Skoda Citigo e iV design

Unlike petrol models which have a choice of three- and five-door bodies, the plug-in Citigo e iV is only available with five doors and two trim levels. Helping to set these apart from petrol models, the electric versions have a body-colour radiator grille, updated front bumper and lights with mirror-mounted indicators. Meanwhile, the interior features a redesigned instrument panel.

Production for the Citigo e iV begins later this year, with UK models likely to arrive in showrooms in early 2020.

         

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