The interior layout, fit and finish
Inside, the Citigo e iV feels a bit dated compared with its rivals. The Citigo itself is an old design by now, and while there is no doubting the solidity of its interior, the materials used don’t impress; there’s quite a lot of hard, scratchy plastic around, while the steering wheel feels of particularly low quality. There is, however, a bright, interestingly styled plastic panel across the dash to inject a bit of colour. By comparison, the Renault Zoe feels more polished and modern.
The Citigo also lacks a touchscreen infotainment system. Instead, there’s a phone holder mounted on top of the dash, with a narrow colour screen and physical control buttons that allow you to cycle through your phone’s functions via a smartphone integration app. The latter also enables you to lock and unlock the car through your phone, and also to set the air conditioning before you get in. It may not feel quite so cutting edge as a touchscreen infotainment system does – an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto would be less fiddly to use – but it is still a practical solution.
The driving position is fine, but the steering wheel adjusts only up and down, not in and out, and could partly block your view of the instrument panel, depending on how you set it. The seat’s backrest adjusts with a ratchet lever rather than with a variable wheel control, too, so you might find it tricky to get the precise angle you want. There’s no adjustable lumbar support, either. Meanwhile, the digital trip computer display looks a bit old-fashioned – its small size and low screen resolution is a far cry from the fully digital display of the Zoe.
Visibility out of the car is great all round. That’s particularly good news, because, while rear parking sensors come as standard on top-spec SE L trim, there’s no sign of front parking sensors or a rear-view camera, even on the options list. Nor are super-bright LED headlights available on the Citigo; these come as standard on the Zoe.
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