- Dinky Citigo gets an all-electric makeover
- Almost double the range of Volkswagen's e-Up
- Two trims to choose; top-end models can charge to 80% in one hour
Skoda has launched its first ever pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) – the new Citigo-e iV. It’s been launched alongside another model from the Czech firm's new iV sub-brand, sitting alongside the Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid.
What is the Skoda Citigo-e iV?
It’s Skoda’s first-ever fully electric car and it’s also one of the few truly usable small pure-electric vehicles. The majority of volume sellers are based on family hatchbacks or crossovers, such as the Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf or Kia e-Niro.
The reasoning behind this is fairly simple. City cars already have very slim profit margins, and adding an expensive battery pack to one can bring the price up to unpalatable levels. That’s not to say that they’re overpriced – more that customers spending that amount of money expect rather more luxury than a car this small can provide.
The other constraint is packaging, as squeezing a battery pack and motor into a car just 3.5m long can be a real struggle.
Until now, your choices for a city-car sized EVs were the Renault Twizy – a tiny quadricycle with two seats, very little weather protection and a top speed of just 55mph – or the Volkswagen e-Up, which suffers from a high price and a limited range.
The Citigo-e could change that, as it’s very similar to the e-Up but provides almost twice as much range on a single charge.
Skoda Citigo-e: range and charging
The Citigo-e utilises a battery of 36.2kWh capacity. That’s more than double the size of the 16kWh unit in the VW e-Up, and so the car’s range is consequently much improved. Skoda claims an impressive figure of 165 miles on a single charge, which is almost double the e-Up and even more than the 144 miles offered by the larger Volkswagen e-Golf.
There are three options for charging. Plugging into a standard three-pin socket at home will charge the car from flat to 80% in 12.5 hours. Opt for Skoda’s own wallbox, and the rate of charge increases to 7.2kW, bringing that charge time down to just over four hours.
The higher of the two available trim levels also comes pre-wired for super-fast CCS charging, which can add an 80% charge in less than an hour.
Skoda Citigo-e: performance
The Citigo-e uses the same 82hp motor as the Volkswagen e-Up, making it the most quickest and most powerful Citigo in the range. 0-62mph takes a reasonable 12.5 seconds, but top speed is just 80mph – this won’t be a car for autobahn blasting.
Acceleration around town should be impressive though, thanks to the instantly-available torque supplied by the electric motor.
Skoda Citigo-e: design and spec
The Citigo-e can be marked out by its body-coloured grille – filled in, as electric powertrains don’t rely on cooling as much as internal combustion engines do. Other than that, there’s very little notable about the Citigo-e’s appearance other than badging.
There’s a choice of two trim levels – Ambition and Style, although whether these will change for the UK market is currently unclear. All cars get foglights and LED daytime running lights, plus a new instrument panel, lane-keeping assist, climate control, remote central locking and a smartphone dock which provides infotainment through a dedicated Skoda app.
Entry-level models do without alloy wheels, though, and don’t offer the super-fast CCS charging of Style cars. The higher trim level also adds ambient lighting, electric door mirrors and leather for the steering wheel, gearstick and handbrake.
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