Skoda Citigo-e iV (2020 – 2021) Review

Skoda Citigo-e iV (2020 – 2021) At A Glance

+Electric city car with range of up to 170 miles. Priced from £16,955 after government grant.

-On sale 2020.

Based on the standard Citigo city car, the Citigo-e iV is closely related to the Volkswagen e-Up, with an 83PS electric motor and batteries situated under the floor. These can be charged to 80 per cent in one hour using a 40kW fast charger. 

Using a 7.2kW wall box at home, it'll reach 80 per cent of its capacity in a little more than four hours, while a 2.3kW home charger takes around 12 and a half hours.

With maximum torque of 210Nm available as soon as the driver presses on the accelerator, the Citigo-e iV reaches 62mph in 12.5 seconds. Top speed is 81mph.

Buyers will be able to choose from two trim levels: SE and SE L. Both models will have the same battery and electric motor, while the Citigo-e iV has the same luggage capacity as the standard car. That means 250 litres can be stored in the boot, increasing to 923 litres with them dropped flat.

Prices start from £20,455, dropping to £16,955 after the Government's plug-in car grant.

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What's the best electric car to buy in 2021?
"What's the best electric car to buy in 2021?"
It depends on your requirements. Cars like the Skoda Citigo-e iV, Vauxhall Corsa-e and Renault Zoe are a great intro to electric vehicles. The Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf are good used choices. The Volkswagen ID.3 is a superb all-rounder, as is the Kia e-Niro and Tesla Model 3. Then there are premium electric SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-tron. A list of the cheapest electric cars can be found here:
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What's the cheapest electric car?
"Which is the cheapest and most reliable electric city car for driving in London?"
The latest Skoda Citigo-e iV is a very good, budget electric city car. It can cover up to 170 miles on a charge and is priced from around £17,500. Read our road test here:
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Does an electric city car suit our needs?
"My wife's current car is a 2003 Renault Clio from new (probably the most reliable car we've had). She normally does about four short journeys a week and an occasional 35-mile return journey. Sometime, the Clio will give up. Would it be best for her to get a new electric car for those journeys? Would it be best to get one now or wait till the Clio gives up? Is the new Skoda Citigo-e the best and most economical for her? Any other advice, please?"
An electric car certainly sounds like it'd suit your wife's needs well, assuming she can charge a car at home (i.e. you have access to private parking close to an electricity supply). It'll be easy to drive with very low running costs. The Skoda Citigo-e iV is probably the best value little electric car on sale at the moment (along with the very similar SEAT Mii Electric and Volkswagen e-Up). Your wife's Clio is probably worth very little at the moment, unfortunately, so it might be worth hanging onto it until something goes wrong. That said, replacing it now might give you (and your wife) some peace of mind rather than running an older car until it breaks.
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I discovered that EVs are significantly heavier than the petrol counterparts. Aren't they supposed to be environmentally-friendly?
"Last year we bought a Honda Jazz petrol auto, less than a year old, which we have taken to France on a car trailer three times. Total weight of car and trailer is 2000kg. We use a motorhome to tow it. Earlier this year, we thought about buying the electric version of the Jazz only to discover its kerb weight is 1500kg compared with 1100kgs for my existing Jazz. I thought EVs were supposed to be environmentally friendly, but I discover all EVs are about 400kgs heavier than their petrol version. I won't be buy an EV anytime soon as it would be too heavy for my motorhome to tow. Has our government thought their ban on petrol and diesel vehicles through? "
Electric cars are heavier than their petrol equivalents due to the weight of the batteries. A heavy kerb weight doesn't mean they're less environmentally friendly. Your requirement is quite a niche one, but there are lighter EVs out there - look at the Skoda Citigo-e iV, for example. This has a kerb weight of around 1200kg.
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