Skoda Citigo-e iV vs Volkswagen e-up!: interior and infotainment
These cars are showing their age; a crafty smartphone holder can’t detract from a distinct lack of in-car technology
Take a look inside the Skoda Citigo-e iV or Volkswagen e-up! for the first time and you’ll be surprised by the spartan design and complete lack of in-car technology. No matter which model you go for – Citigo-e or up!, entry-level or top-spec – there's no touchscreen infotainment system; a small colour display and a crude plastic smartphone holder is all you get.
This setup isn't without its advantages, of course. Being able to place your phone on the dashboard each time you get in means you can simply stream music and maps straight from your chosen device. There’s a handy USB slot right behind it, so there’s no need for unsightly wires draping down the front of the dashboard, either.
As mentioned, both cars get a colour display below the climate control, which gives the driver and passenger access to the car’s Bluetooth connectivity and radio settings. The Skoda’s is ever-so-slightly larger, but the Volkswagen comes with a built-in reversing camera. A nice-to-have – but as these cars are so small and easy to park in the first place, we wouldn’t consider this a deal-breaker.
Both cars get smartphone apps: Skoda Connect allows owners to check things like their car’s state of charge, as well as offering a pre-conditioning function that can heat or cool the cabin ahead of time. Volkswagen's Maps + More does exactly the same, as well as offering a ‘Think Blue Trainer’, which coaches you how to drive more economically.
There are lots of dark plastics, but the flashes of colour on the doors liven things up – especially on our bright yellow Skoda test car. Quality is good, however, with leather on the steering wheel and gearlever and soft plastics on the dashboard. The dials are a little dull in design, but they’re clear and easy to read.
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 & infotainment - currently readingThese 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