Skoda Citigo-e iV vs Volkswagen e-up!: safety and reliability
The 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
Both the Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo – along with their sibling, the SEAT Mii – were awarded only three stars when they were evaluated by independent crash-testing body Euro NCAP in 2019. That’s down on their initial five-star rating from 2011.
This is largely due to the fact that autonomous emergency braking was dropped on all three models during a recent round of updates. ‘Safety Assist’ is an area of key consideration for Euro NCAP and cars that fail to tick the correct boxes can see their overall score suffer.
That said, both cars come with a suite of airbags, as well as useful technology such as lane-keeping assistance. You’ll find Isofix child-seat mounts in the rear of each car, too. When it comes to reliability, both cars should fare pretty well. As there are fewer moving parts they should be more dependable than their petrol predecessors, backed up by a hefty eight-year battery warranty.
Skoda fared better in the 2020 Driver Power survey, claiming fifth compared to Volkswagen's 19th-place finish. Neither car featured in the top 75 model rundown.
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 & 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 & reliability - currently readingThe 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