Currently reading: Skoda Citigo-e iV withdrawn from sale due to high demand
All 400 UK examples of electric city car sold out less than two months after its introduction
Felix Page Autocar writer
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8 April 2020

Skoda’s first electric production car, the Citigo-e iV, has been temporarily removed from sale after all UK examples sold out in less than two months.

Roughly 400 units of the Bratislava-built electric city car were allocated to the UK market and they began arriving in dealerships in late January. By mid-March, all had been sold. 

The Citigo has now been removed from Skoda’s online configurator, but a company spokesman said it would be made available again when Skoda restarts production in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

“We had lofty expectations for the car and customer demand was exceptionally high. As a result, it sold out quicker than expected,” the spokesman added. 

The Citigo is the only model to be temporarily withdrawn from sale. Higher-volume models such as the Fabia, Octavia and Superb remain available to order. Skoda’s Bratislava plant has been closed since 16 March and a date for its re-opening has yet to be confirmed.

The Citigo-e iV, sibling to the Volkswagen e-Up and Seat Mii Electric, is one of the most affordable mainstream EVs on sale, with a starting price of £16,955. It offers a claimed range of 161 miles and its battery can be recharged from zero to 80% capacity in an hour. 

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8 April 2020

The planned 400 unit UK allocation seems icredibly unambitious given that the Skoda's pricing - and the fact that it is now the only model available in the Citigo range.

If the limit is a manufacturing constraint, then surely it would have been more sensible to make the Citigo or VW up the single EV in the group's small car line up to achieve better economy of scale.  It seems daft to offer a limited production model through all three brands, each with their own model varyations and sales / marketing / service networks thus making an inherently expensive car even more expensive. 

As things stand, potential buyers will now have to buy  the  dearer SEAT or VW versions in any case...

8 April 2020
starting price of £16,955. It offers a claimed range of 161 miles and its battery can be recharged from zero to 80% capacity in an hour.

Iirc those pluses don't come together, the cheapest model can not be quick charged as that is only available on the higher spec version which is similarly priced to the Mii and up.

Still great value though, especially if you only use it for city use and charge at home.

8 April 2020
si73 wrote:

starting price of £16,955. It offers a claimed range of 161 miles and its battery can be recharged from zero to 80% capacity in an hour. Iirc those pluses don't come together, the cheapest model can not be quick charged as that is only available on the higher spec version which is similarly priced to the Mii and up. Still great value though, especially if you only use it for city use and charge at home.

Hardly great value though, its a VW and as such it still wouldnt be great value even if someone paid you to have it.

8 April 2020
Yes, fair one, great was massively overstating it, still, for an ev, it is reasonable value. I too am not a massive VW fan, even though we have a Mii, but it is a great little car that was excellent value and beat all other city cars for the finance deal when we bought.
Re the up in general, it always annoyed me how reviews made it out to be a clever design over the c1 etc because of its bigger boot and better rear seat space. It wasn't clever, it was just bigger. And that suited our needs as a family of 4, otherwise an Aygo would have been my preferred choice.

8 April 2020

It seems crazy that manufacturers are failing to meet demand for EVs. We've seen this before with Kia and Hyundai. It's no surprise that used EV prices are so strong.

 

8 April 2020
HiPo 289 wrote:

It seems crazy that manufacturers are failing to meet demand for EVs. We've seen this before with Kia and Hyundai. It's no surprise that used EV prices are so strong.

 

Is it due to battery manufacturing? supply can not keep up with demand. Unseen to recall that being mentioned with the Kia Hyundai models.

8 April 2020

...it's a tiny compromised city car for £20k if you don't count the involuntary contribution from tax-payers towards each one.

 

8 April 2020

Once again the armchair experts can't see the forest for the trees thus are only too willing to voice their prejudices.

The bottom line is a manufacturer put their cars up for sale and the UK's whole allocation has sold out. Other than the manufacturer not being able to supply more models, how can anyone criticise that? It's obviously a formula that works.

Just think how lucky business is that none of you are running it.

A34

8 April 2020

... they failed to match supply to demand. Not very clever really, unless the undersupply was expected and this announcement is just a PR stunt!

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