Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Should you buy a Skoda Citigo-e iV?

Absolutely. It’s a great ‘my first electric car’ thanks to its low price and user-friendliness. Whether you spend all of your time in town or it’s an option as a second car, the Citigo-e iV makes the old petrol model feel like it should have been electric all along.

It’s incredibly easy to operate thanks to simple, familiar controls and no over-designing of the instruments or anything else like that. It’s very Skoda. Yes, we’d maybe like a slight upgrade in some details like the trip computer screen and the infotainment arrangements, but actually they all work fine and it’s hard to argue with what Skoda’s done with the car. It’s the cheapest new electric car, but the best part is it doesn’t really look or feel it.

If you want a couple of luxuries like heated seats and the faster charging setup, you’ll need to upgrade from the SE to the SE L, but even so at just shy of £20,000 after the plug-in grant, that’s not to be sniffed at.

That it retains the older Citigo’s impressive practicality and fun drive are added bonuses – in fact its nippiness in town and the agility it offers make it by far the most enjoyable Citigo model to drive to date. But it’s also very easy to drive and civilised if you want it to be.

If the 161.5-mile range still fills you a little with dread, then the more expensive Renault Zoe with its 250-mile range may be a better option for you, but otherwise the Citigo-e iV is an excellent choice if you want an efficient town runaround. And if you don’t like the look of it, there’s a SEAT Mii Electric or a Volkswagen e-Up vying for your attention too. But they don’t come with a choice of trim levels like the Skoda.

2019 Skoda Citigo-e iV front

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