SKODA CITIGOe iV (2020) Guide

SKODA CITIGOe iV (2020) Guide

Cute and compact, the SKODA CITIGOe Electric is part of the VW Group’s trio of electrified city cars. Built on the same platform as the e-Up!, it has had its internal combustion engine replaced with a silent and nippy electric powertrain. With an official range of 162-miles, the CITIGOe is one of the cheapest EV options around, even undercutting its closely related SEAT Mii sibling, thanks to its basic SE trim level.

Electric Range

162 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£5.15

Battery Size

36.8 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

10 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 40kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a SKODA CITIGOe iV

The CITIGOe Electric comes with a battery size of 36.8kWh and has an official WLTP range of 162 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 5.5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 29 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £5.15.

The SKODA CITIGOe comes in two trim levels. The basic SE has a max AC charge rate of 7.2kW with no rapid charging capabilities. The higher priced SE L trim includes a CCS connector, enabling fast DC charging of up to 40kW. An SE L CITIGOe plugged into a 50kW charging station will charge from 20-80% in just 40 minutes.

Charging Times for SE L**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 17h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 10h for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 5.5h for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 5.5h for 0-100%
  • 100kW = 40m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a SKODA CITIGOe iV

Classified as a BEV, the CITIGOe Electric produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this great little city car qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the SKODA CITIGOe?

City cars are ripe for electrification. It makes sense. Commutes are often frequent but shorter, navigating traffic becomes much more comfortable with the instant electrifying acceleration, and everyone wants (needs) cleaner air in the cities and towns in which they work and live. The SKODA CITIGOe excels in the city. It has everything you’ll ever need to make those trips around town. The 162-mile range will, for many city dwellers, adequately cover the entire weeks’ mileage, requiring a top-up just once a week. If range and charging are a concern for you, or perhaps you often make longer commutes along the motorway, it may be worth upgrading to the posher trim level which includes rapid charging.
Despite the change in fuel source, the SKODA CITIGOe remains the same as its combustion engine predecessor. There’s nothing flashy about it; this is not due to lack of inspiration; it’s a direct result of making a city car that simply does what it needs to do. The interior is sleek while maintaining a rather traditional feel. There is no Tesla-style tablet infotainment system, despite it becoming the industry standard in new EV’s; instead, SKODA has installed a docking station for your smartphone – arguably the best infotainment system around.

Possibly, the most significant selling point of the SKODA CITIGOe is its price tag. If you think it looks similar to the SEAT Mii or Volkswagen e-UP, you’d be correct; they are essentially the same car with different badges. The CITIGOe’s more basic trim level enables the brand to undercut even its closely related siblings; this makes the CITIGOe one of the most well-rounded EV packages on the market. Certainly, if you’re looking for decent range, high quality finish and not fussed by the lack of flashy features, the CITIGOe makes a desirable proposition.