Skoda's first electric car due to go on sale in December with 164-mile range and 81bhp motor
19 November 2019

Skoda's first pure electric car, the Citigo-e iV, will cost £16,955 after government grants when it goes on sale in the UK next month.

Effectively Skoda's updated version of the Volkswagen e-Up, the new city car comes with headline figures of 81bhp and a range of up to 164 miles under the WLTP testing protocol. 

Order books for the Citigo-e iV will open on 10 December, with the car offered in two trim levels. The machine is priced at £20,455 before the £3500 government grant is taken into account. The post-grant price of £16,955 is substantially cheaper than the £19,300 price of the closely related Seat e-Mii. Pricing for the e-Up has yet to be revealed, but is expected to start from around £23,000 pre-grant.  

While we're promised that the two upcoming Skodas that will sit on the Volkswagen Group's forthcoming MEB pure electric architecture are more adventurous, the Citigo-e is much more traditional. The body-coloured radiator grille is the most obvious sign of the different power source from the regular car. All Citigo-es will have five doors, and there will be two trim levels – SE and SE L – in the UK.

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As in the e-Up, power comes from a single electric motor driving the front wheels and supplied by a 36.8kWh lithium ion battery positioned underneath the floor; 155lb ft of torque should ensure peppy responses. Skoda claims a 0-62mph time of 12.5sec, but the top speed will be limited to 81mph. Expect it to be very close to the e-Up’s 1229kg kerb weight.

Entry-level SE models can support charging at up to 7.2kW using a standard AC port, while a 2.3kW domestic wallbox can also be used. Models also come with air conditioning, a leather steering wheel, 14in alloy wheels, DAB radio and central locking. Using the standard AC port, a 7.2kW system will take just over four hours to deliver the same level of charge; a 2.3kW domestic wallbox will take around 12 and a half hours.

The higher-spec SE L trim, which starts at £22,815 pre-grant (£19,315 after grant), features a Combined Charging System (CCS), allowing use of a DC fast-charger at speeds of up to 40kW. The trim also features 16in alloy wheels, ambient lighting, heated front seats, parking sensors and body-coloured mirrors.

The DC charger - and a higher-rated AC cable - will be optional on the cheaper model. Both models feature a smartphone dock built into the dashboard - as in the regular Citigo - capable of displaying some EV-specific information using the Skoad Connect app.

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23 May 2019

Just how long does it take to replace a badge?

23 May 2019

If VW, Seat and Skoda all merged into a single. company, then hundreds of pounds could be saved on badge swapping.

23 May 2019
JMax18 wrote:

If VW, Seat and Skoda all merged into a single. company, then hundreds of pounds could be saved on badge swapping.

exactly maybe they would be able to merge all the good things about every company into one too for example skodas good value, volkswagens tech and seats design.

23 May 2019

.....but far too expensive for a small Citigo.

In the opinion of this Citigo owner anyway......

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24 May 2019

This would suit me nicely. Lots of range and cheaper than anything else. A good sign of things to come. 

23 May 2019

If they are charging that much for it, they could have least included some LED lights which are far more efficient and seem to be available on more and more small cars.

24 May 2019

For too long EV manufacturers have been chasing more performance and range, resulting in very heavy, very expensive offerings. I like the idea of something like the Citigo-e which is compact and relatively affordable aimed predominantly at short distance travel.

But I seriously doubt the VW group's ability to bring this to market at anything like the £15k price point, at least without introducing a separate battery leasing arrangement like Renault and Nissan.   

24 May 2019
LP in Brighton wrote:

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But I seriously doubt the VW group's ability to bring this to market at anything like the £15k price point, at least without introducing a separate battery leasing arrangement like Renault and Nissan.   

I thought Nissan dropped battery leasing? Can't see it on the wesite just a base car at £28k

24 May 2019

Why no 3-door?  Skoda already do this version in the range so it cant be hard to offer this choice to customers. Another vehicle that could have been on my shopping list, but now won't be.

19 November 2019
catnip wrote:

Why no 3-door?  Skoda already do this version in the range so it cant be hard to offer this choice to customers. Another vehicle that could have been on my shopping list, but now won't be.

Unless you're prepared to settle for a 5 door, a crossover or an SUV, you might as well not bother visiting any dealership.  The fact that we're all supposed to want to trade up to ever larger models completely ignores people of my age, 67, or greater who want a smaller car because we don't need something massive to impress the neighbours. As for the Skoda, I'll give it a look, especially since the local dealer is conveniently close to my home and I like to deal locally.

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