Skoda Citigo-e iV vs Volkswagen e-up!: running costs and warranty
Make no mistake, cars like the Skoda Citigo-e iV and Volkswagen e-up! will cost mere pennies to run
While the list prices of the Skoda Citigo-e iV and Volkswagen e-up! may look high compared to those of petrol-powered rivals, when you consider how little they cost to run, the savings quickly become clear.
Based on a home electricity rate of 14p per kWh, both cars will cost around £4.52 to charge fully. Whichever way you look at it, at less than 4p per mile, these models will cost peanuts to run. Both cars are exempt from road tax and in the 2020/21 tax year attract zero Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax for company-car drivers.
The Skoda edges ahead slightly when it comes to depreciation, as our experts expect it to hold on to around 38.3% of its value after three years, compared to 37.7% for the Volkswagen.
Both cars come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty – much like any new Skoda or Volkswagen. The Citigo’s battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes soonest), while the up!’s is limited to 160,000km (99,360 miles). Comparing the two here is like splitting hairs, although it’s worth noting that Skoda as a brand had a much stronger showing than Volkswagen in the most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey.
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 & warranty - currently readingMake 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