Skoda Citigo e iV review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Citigo e iV is one of the cheapest electric cars you can buy. If you buy a Renault Zoe and its battery outright (rather than leasing the latter), you’ll pay considerably more. Impressively, it also undercuts the closely related Seat Mii Electric – the Citigo is available in a more spartan SE trim as well as a posher SE L model.

To charge the battery from 0-80% from a 7kW home charger takes around four hours, while a 40kW rapid CCS charger will do the same in one hour. A three-pin plug will juice it up in 13-16 hours. It’s worth pointing out that SE trim only comes with a three-pin plug charger as standard and can’t be charged using a CCS charger. SE L trim adds a Type 2 cable that plugs into a 7kW wallbox and is CCS compatible. 

So, what else does SE trim give you? Well, you have to put up with steel wheels with plastic trims, plus unpainted door mirrors and handles, but you do get electric front windows, a leather steering wheel, a smartphone dock, climate control and LED daytime running lights. SE L adds alloy wheels, painted handles, ambient lighting, auto lights and wipers, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and electric, heated mirrors that receive a lick of paint.

The Citigo was safety tested by Euro NCAP way back in 201 and again in 2019, this time receiving only three stars out of five. And, while it gets some modern safety aids such as lane-keeping assistance, It misses out on blindspot monitoring and automatic emergency braking, the latter of which we regard as an essential safety feature. 

In the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, Skoda finished an impressive 9th out of 31 manufacturers overall. The Citigo’s battery is covered by a warranty that lasts for eight years or 100,000 miles; it’s guaranteed to hold 70% of its range during that time or it will be replaced for free. This policy is matched by those of rivals.

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Verdict

The Citigo is one of the cheapest electric cars currently available, undercutting even the Seat Mii Electric. Some may see its range as a little short, but it should be more than adequate for city life, while longer journeys won’t prove too stressful. Just bear in mind that, if your budget can be stretched a little, some rivals are more practical inside and will go farther on a full charge.

  • Competitive pricing
  • Comfortable ride
  • Great in town
  • Only four seats
  • Rivals go farther
  • Old-school interior