Skoda Citigo-e iV vs Volkswagen e-up!: verdict and specifications
There’s little to choose between these cars, but ultimately value for money makes one easier to justify
Separating these two cars comes down to the fine art of splitting hairs. As they're based on the same platform, with identical running gear and indistinguishable driving dynamics, deciding on a winner comes down to simple value for money.
The fact that, should you wish, you can buy a Skoda Citigo-e iV without fast charging for just £17,455, or a top-spec SE L with all this technology included for a couple of thousand pounds more, makes it our winner here. Even when you compare like-for-like with the up!, the cheaper Citigo reigns supreme; more favourable finance deals and better residuals seal the deal.
It’s not a clear-cut victory, however. The Volkswagen has badge appeal the Skoda can’t match, and small things like the up!’s standard reversing camera work in its favour. But if you’re after a small, pure-electric city car with bags of character and room for the family, the Citigo-e iV takes some beating.
1st: Skoda Citigo-e iV – 4 stars
The Skoda pips the Volkswagen here, but only by the slimmest of margins. The two cars are ostensibly the same under the metal, and although they feel identical from behind the wheel, the Skoda’s slightly lower list price, better finance deals and superior residual values seal the victory here. If you’re after a great-value, small and characterful electric car, look no further than the Skoda Citigo-e iV.
2nd: Volkswagen e-up! – 3.5 stars
There really is very little to separate these two cars, and for many the choice will come down to badge or brand preference. That said, when it comes to such fine margins, the Volkswagen falls just short of the Skoda’s excellent value for money. The fact there’s only one specification – with no option to ditch fast charging in favour of a lower list price – seals the up!’s fate.
|Car||Skoda Citigo-e iV SE L||Volkswagen e-up!|
|Monthly finance (PCP)||£270||£301|
|Engine||Electric motor||Electric motor|
|Transmission||Single-speed auto, front-wheel drive||Single-speed auto, front-wheel drive|
|Battery capacity (total / usable)||36.8 / 32.3kWh||36.8 / 32.3kWh|
|Power / torque||81bhp / 212Nm||81bhp / 212Nm|
|0-60 / 30-50mph||10.7 / 4.1 seconds||10.7 / 4.1 seconds|
|Braking 70-0 / 60-0 / 30-0mph||56.3 / 36.1 / 9.3 metres||56.2 / 35.7 / 9.1 metres|
|100% charge cost at 14p/kWh||£4.52||£4.52|
|Charge time (socket / wallbox)||16hrs 45mins / 5hrs 30mins||16hrs 45mins / 5hrs 30mins|
|Official efficiency / electric range / CO2||3.7m/kWh / 159 miles / 0g/km||3.7m/kWh / 159 miles / 0g/km|
|On-test electric range||120 miles||120 miles|
|Road tax / BiK rate||£0 / 0%||£0 / 0%|
|Length / width / height / wheelbase||3,597 / 1,645 / 1,481 / 2,422mm||3,600 / 1,641 / 1,463 / 2,407mm|
|Boot capacity (seats up)||250 / 953 Iitres||250 / 953 Iitres|
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 & 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 & specifications - currently readingThere’s little to choose between these cars, but ultimately value for money makes one easier to justify