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
Jul 5, 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 a plug-in Seat Mii - which is the same under the skin as the Skoda and VW - but the Citigo is likely to be the cheapest. As a result, 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.

New Skoda Citigo e iV: similar boot space and better acceleration than petrol versions

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.

Fast charging to 80% takes one hour, home wall box takes just over four hours

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.

Five-door-only Skoda Citigo e iV features updated design inside and out

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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