Buyer’s guide to the Skoda Citigo-e iV EV

Buyer’s guide to the Skoda Citigo-e iV EV

Here’s what you need to know about Skoda’s first electric car.

Ever since Skoda introduced its Citigo city car in 2012 it’s been an appealing model known for being easy to drive and great around town.

It’s therefore a perfect to base for an electric car, which is exactly what Skoda has done to rejuvenate the model.

It means you can no longer buy any petrol versions (the same applies to the Citigo’s twin product from Seat, the Mii), and instead the new electric model is all that remains. Here’s what you need to know…

What powertrains are available?

The Skoda Citigo shares plenty in common with the Volkswagen Up! and Seat Mii, which it was build alongside. With the VW, you’ve been able to buy that as an EV since 2013, though it was always let down by a limited range.

But for the second-generation of these models, a larger 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery and an 82bhp and 210Nm electric motor is used. In the case of the Citigo-e, it means it can travel for an impressive 170 miles on a single charge, while the model can be charged in as little as an hour using a rapid charger. Using a wall box at home, the batteries can be topped up in four hours and 15 minutes.

In terms of performance, it can accelerate from 0-60mph in 12.3 seconds, and reach a top speed of 81mph. That impressive torque figure makes it feel quicker than that figure suggests, too.

What trim levels are available?

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Just two trim levels are offered, with prices and equipment highlights are listed below. Please note that the prices take into account the government’s £3,500 electric car grant.

SE – from £16,955

This entry-level model comes as standard with climate control, a three-spoke leather steering wheel, DAB radio and remote locking. You can also monitor the car using an app and check its charging status, too. Essentially, it’s not loaded with kit, but aims to make electric cars as affordable as possible.

SE L – from £19,315

Upgrade to the SE L and you’ll gain 16-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, as well as body-coloured mirrors and door trim. Another key benefit of the SE L is the ability to rapid charge, which is vital if you aim to cover long distances in your car. It means the car can accept a charging rate of up to 40kW.

What about personalisation?

Skoda offers one of the most vibrant ranges of colours you’ll see anywhere on its Citigo-e iV. The standard option is Tornado Red, but more vibrant shades include Sunflower Yellow Kiwi Green and Crystal Blue Metallic, all of which cost £540. If you opt for the SE L, you can also choose to have any colour with a black roof, which costs £300.

After this, there isn’t a great deal of options to choose from, though cruise control (£140), a variable boot floor (£75) and privacy glass (£70) are all inexpensive options that could be worth choosing.

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