Skoda Citigo-e iV vs Volkswagen e-up!: space and practicality
Clever packaging ensures the Skoda and Volkswagen are just as practical as their petrol-powered predecessors, with enough room for adults in the rear
Don’t be fooled by their size – both the Skoda Citigo-e iV and Volkswagen e-up! are practical small cars. Each boasts a 250-litre boot (officially just a litre smaller than their petrol siblings) with a small tray for storing the charging cable at the back of the load bay. Fold the seats down and this boot space figure almost quadruples to 923 litres, which is useful should you need to carry anything big and bulky.
There’s no three-door version of either car; that five-door body helps when accessing the rear seats. Thankfully, no compromise has been made in the transition from petrol to electric, so there’s enough leg room for adults to sit relatively comfortably in the Skoda, while the same is true for those travelling in the back of the Volkswagen.
Oddment storage is a bit hit-and-miss. There isn’t really anywhere specific to throw things in the back, and there’s no large central storage bin as you might find between the front seats of some larger electric cars. However, there’s a handy tray ahead of the gearlever in both cars, with a single cupholder suitable for bottles or cans. The door bins are long and useful, too.
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 & chargingThe 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 & practicality - currently readingClever 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