Overall, the Skoda Citigo is a good car. In fact, it is so good; it is virtually the same model as the Volkswagen Up and the Seat Mii, given that these cars were designed for sale based on the same platform. However, the Citigo boasts a few designs touches here and there that is very much their own.
Electric versions are very different from the Citigo 2012, which came with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It is fun to drive behind the wheel, with the only problem being that the top speed from the auto transmission system is not that high. When pulling up a hill, even with maximum power, this is noticeable.
Range, Charging, & Emissions
To begin with, the Skoda Citigo e IV has plenty of range to offer. Most car reviews of the Citigo would agree that the 165-mile range on offer is very respectable for such a small city car. Given most city cars will not go much further than their daily commute, this range should be more than enough.
The battery that comes with the Skoda Citigo e IV is 36.8 kWh in size. Any review should also mention that the battery weight is distributed relatively evenly throughout the car and that it offers 60 kW or 80 hp of power when needed.
To charge a Citigo from empty to complete from a standard UK three-pin outlet would take 16 hours. To do the same from a 7 kW wall box would take just 10 hours, however.
If you have access to a 22 kW outlet at your office, then the Skoda Citigo is very practical because a full charge will only take five hours. More practically, however, you are not likely to be charging from zero every day. Therefore, it is probably more noteworthy to review the car from a partial charge up. From a public 50 kW charger, you will be able to power the electric car from 20 per cent to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes.
The Skoda Citigo is one of the lowest cost of all electrically powered city cars to charge up. Doing so from home would set you back just over £5.60 on average. This fuel economy means low running costs of as little as 3.9 pence per mile, not bad for a small car that packs a punch!
The Citigo e IV sits in insurance group 11, meaning that its ongoing costs are also rock bottom. Like with Volkswagen e-Up, the Skoda Citigo comes with a three-year warranty. This is only valid for the first 60,000 miles you drive after the first year, however.
Like many electric city car vehicle manufacturers, Skoda recommends low mileage owners opt for an annual service or 10,000 miles. People who drive their Citigo more regularly should have a service every 20,000 miles, according to Skoda.
The Skoda Citigo is eligible for a grant from the OZEV Plug-in Car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. Owners will also benefit from zero-rated road tax and London Congestion Zone charges. A used Skoda Citigo will also require no road tax to be paid on it.
In the Citigo, Skoda has made a slightly slower city car than many other cars in its class. The Citigo will get from stationary to 62 miles per hour in 12.3 seconds in perfect conditions. The top speed of the Citigo is just 81 mph, but this is more than enough in most urban settings.
Compared to the Hyundai i10 1.2-litre auto, which gets from 0 to 62 mph in 13.8 seconds, the Skoda Citigo is more than a match. The Volkswagen e-Up, on the other hand, achieves the same speed from a standing start in just 11.9 seconds, according to most car reviews.
The Citigo has four levels of brake regeneration on offer. Drivers switch between these using the car's gear lever. Pushing the Citigo's gear lever into B mode means being able to drive around the city with just one pedal, something many reviews of the Citigo fail to mention.
With the Citigo, Skoda has designed one of those cars that are supposed to be frill-free. There are few additional economic features than other cars in its class, except for the aforementioned brake regeneration system.
How it performs in different environments: The Czech manufacturers of Citigo have produced an affordable car that is designed to save money and offer value. This means it is a little underpowered when you are out of the city and cruising on motorways. In tests, it accelerates best under 40 mph, so the Skoda Citigo is nippy and ideal for stopping and starting rather than overtaking at speed. The engine may lack something at the top end, but the good news is that the steering is good, and the turning circle of the Skoda Citigo is small, so it deals with narrow streets well.
From the outside, the Skoda Citigo looks like the compact city car it is. The Citigo is a five-door, four-passenger car measuring 3,597 mm long and 1,645 mm wide.
You get a radiator grille the same colour as the bodywork with the Skoda Citigo, as well as some nifty wing-mirror housings and LED daytime running lamps. There is an updated fog light and a new bumper with the electric Skoda Citigo, but other than these features, there is not a lot to distinguish it visually from the petrol variant.
The Skoda Citigo is available in a choice of two two trim levels, Ambition and Style. Skoda rebrands these trims in some markets as SE and SE L. 14-inch steel rims come with the Ambition version of the Citigo, while Skoda gives you 16-inch alloy wheels style. The colour edition of both trims comprises Candy White, Sunflower Yellow, Tornado Red or Kiwi Green.
Although the Skoda Citigo has a dashboard that feels a bit cheap, it is still compelling enough for most budget cars. Skoda has designed a perfectly well dash, but the Citigo will win no prizes in this department. Few budget electric cars would, though.
There is little to speak of by way of an infotainment system in Citigo. The car lacks a touchscreen or a satnav system. Skoda does provide a mobile phone holder, however, so you can use that if wanted. There is a stereo system in the Skoda Citigo, and if you search for the USB port that comes with it, you can play your music through that.
There is virtually no extra equipment on offer with the Skoda Citigo. Skoda's one meaningful optional extra for a DAB radio. The SL versions of the Citigo do offer heated front seats, however.
Only two adult passengers can reasonably sit in the rear of a Skoda Citigo. The rear windows only drop down a little, so it is not comfortable with more. The cabin only affords a basic storage room within the main body of the car.
Heading to the rear of the cabin, the Skoda Citigo has a rather impressive boot, beating many cars in its class with a 250-litre capacity. The rear seats fold down in a 60:40 ratio, which means that you will get over 950 litres of space when both are dropped. There is an option to have a flat bottomed boot when the seats are down, but this comes with an extra £75 price tag.
The Skoda Citigo is rated with three stars by Euro NCAP. The 2019, electric version of the Skoda Citigo scores best for child occupancy, perhaps because all car versions come with two ISOFIX attachments.
Car safety features: As mentioned, the Skoda Citigo has great child car seat fixings. It also has belt pretensioners in the front and the rear. The Skoda Citigo offers front airbags as standard and side chest airbags in the front. An airbag cut off switch is also available in the passenger seat for child safety. Speed and lane assistance comes as standard with the Citigo, too.
When launched, the entry-level model of the Skoda Citigo cost £16,955 to get on the road. This price includes the government's support grant, however. Used Citigos come in considerably beneath this price tag. A quick search on Skoda's website will offer up a myriad of price options for people seeking used models, mainly depending on the condition of the engine and the number of miles the car has driven. Finance options are available for used vehicles through Skoda's extensive registered dealership network in the UK. There are not many other models with comparably affordable deals for a top of the line and practical car.