Skoda Citigoᵉ iV electric review
|Car type||Range||Wallbox charge time||Fast charge time|
|Electric||162 miles||5hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||48mins (10-80%, 50kW)*|
* fast charging optional on SE
The Skoda Citigoᵉ completes the trio of Volkswagen Group city cars that have gone electric, joining the Volkswagen e-up! and SEAT Mii electric. Rather than being at the cutting edge like the Volkswagen ID.3 and SEAT el-Born, these cars – which use established platforms originally developed for petrol-engined models – focus on value for money and practicality.
The Citigoᵉ is notable for being the only one of the trio available to buy in the UK without fast-charging capability, which brings the price of the entry-level SE model to under £17,000. If you have a home wallbox (or get one installed), this option makes a lot of sense, particularly if you intend the Citigoᵉ to be your household's second car.
Its maximum driving range of 162 miles is actually pretty respectable and more than enough than many people need on a daily basis, so simply charging up in a few hours overnight will suffice. But if you do want the option of topping up faster than that while you're out and about, you just need to add the fast charging option to the SE (at a cost of £720 for the system and £170 for the charging cable) or step up to the £19,315 SE L model. The car will then be able to take an 80% recharge from a typical public charging point in just over 45 minutes.
With the same electric motor as its e-up! and Mii electric cousins, the Citigoᵉ will get from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds and go on to a top speed of 81mph. It's not as fast in the real world as a Renault ZOE or Kia e-Niro, but like most electric cars, it has pace where it counts around town, enabling you to dart into gaps and nip away from the lights with ease. There are four levels of regenerative braking to work with and the strongest allows for one-pedal driving around 90% of the time, with a significant deceleration effect when you lift off.
Our time in the car so far suggests you should be able to get pretty close to that claimed 162-mile range figure, especially if you stick to urban and suburban roads, where the car is most at home. Ride quality and refinement are good in this environment, as they were in the now-defunct petrol Citigo.
The car handles potholes, speed bumps and broken road surfaces well, transmitting few harsh crashes or jolts into the cabin. It's also quiet on the move, especially with the near-silent electric motor in place of the petrol Citigo's thrummy three-cylinder engine.
There's no change in interior space compared to the petrol Citigo, so things remains pleasingly roomy for occupants when you consider the car's compact external dimensions. The boot is a useful size at 250 litres, but some way off the 338 litres you get in the ZOE. There is at least a dedicated area to store the charging cable.
Climate control, a leather steering wheel and a DAB digital radio are standard across the range, with the SE L adding 16-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, body-coloured mirrors and heated seats. Whatever trim level you go for, infotainment is a notable omission: instead, you get a bracket for mounting your smartphone on the dashboard, with the expectation that you'll use your own apps for navigation and music playing.
Combine that with interior fit and finish that is average rather than inspiring and you end up with a car that feels a little lacklustre next to the much more modern and hi-tech ZOE. But the French car costs from £25,000, so if all you're looking for is a no-frills, zero-emissions, A-to-B runabout, the Skoda Citigoᵉ – especially in its cheapest form – is well worth a look.