Skoda Citigo-e iV vs Volkswagen e-up!: range and charging
The basic Skoda Citigo-e iV doesn’t come with fast charging as standard, but the SE L does – and for less than the price of the single-spec Volkswagen
You’d be forgiven for thinking there’s little to separate these two cars aside from the badge on their nose, and a quick glance at the numbers does little to change that impression. Both the Skoda and Volkswagen use a 36.8kWh battery (with a usable capacity of 32.3kWh) powering a single electric motor for a total system output of 81bhp.
Officially, they’ll each manage 159 miles on a single charge. However, our time with the cars suggested that in cold, wet weather that figure will be closer to 120 miles. Still not a bad effort, and close to what more expensive cars like the MINI Electric and Honda e can manage.
The simplicity of these models will be part of the appeal for many e-up! and Citigo-e buyers, but the one of the inevitable shortcomings is that there's no clever technology to preserve the cars’ batteries and no innovative sat-nav that can route you around charge-sapping motorway runs. Each car has a selection of drive modes, but use them at your peril – the most restrictive setting switches off the climate control for only a few miles of extra range.
The main difference between the Citigo-e iV and e-up! is the rate at which they can charge. The basic Citigo-e iV SE is restricted to a 7.2kW charge; you need to pay extra (£720) for CCS fast charging, whereas every e-up! – and the Citigo-e iV SE L we've tested here – gets this technology as standard.
Using a home wallbox allows you to recharge the Skoda’s batteries in five and a half hours, or almost 17 hours if you’ve only got access to a three-pin socket. These numbers apply to the e-up! if you charge in the same way.
However, by specifying the CCS fast charging option you’ll be able to recharge the Skoda to 80% in just under 50 minutes at a public charging point. The Volkswagen will accept the same 40kW charge rate for an identical top-up time.
Both cars come with Type 2 (AC) and Mode 3 (three-pin) cables as standard – and each is a decent length, which will help with charging flexibility. There’s a small box at the base of the boot for storing the wires, although space is limited so you have to be selective about which leads you carry around.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe Skoda Citigo is now electric-only – but does it have what it takes to topple the VW e-up! in the battle for small electric-car supremacy?
- 2Range & charging - currently readingThe basic Skoda Citigo-e iV doesn’t come with fast charging as standard, but the SE L does – and for less than the price of the single-spec Volkswagen
- 3Running costs & warrantyMake no mistake, cars like the Skoda Citigo-e iV and Volkswagen e-up! will cost mere pennies to run
- 4Performance & handlingThe transition to battery power has done this pair a world of favours; fun, agile and easy to drive, both the Skoda Citigo-e and Volkswagen e-up! are perfectly suited to electrification
- 5Interior & infotainmentThese cars are showing their age; a crafty smartphone holder can’t detract from a distinct lack of in-car technology
- 6Space & practicalityClever packaging ensures the Skoda and Volkswagen are just as practical as their petrol-powered predecessors, with enough room for adults in the rear
- 7Safety & reliabilityThe smallest Skoda and Volkswagen miss out on some of the standard safety kit found on more expensive models, but these are still tough little cars
- 8Verdict & specificationsThere’s little to choose between these cars, but ultimately value for money makes one easier to justify