Skoda reveals electric Citigo-e iV as affordable EV offering

Skoda has officially unveiled its first pure electric car in Bratislava: the Citigo-e iV. 

In effect 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. 

It will reach the UK early next year, and although pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, Skoda promises it will be one of the most affordable EVs on the market. 

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 powerplant 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.

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.

The final UK specification hasn’t yet been revealed, but the European Style trim – which is in effect SE L – features a high-speed Combined Charging System as standard. This can support DC charging at up to 40kW, sufficient to replenish the battery to 80% in an hour. 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 DC charger – and a higher-rated AC cable – will be optional on the cheaper model.

Based on what we’ve been told about the Euro-spec Ambition, the entry-level SE will be modestly equipped, although we will get 14in alloy wheels instead of the steel rims that will be standard in Europe. There is also climate control and a smartphone dock built into the dashboard – as in the regular Citigo – capable of displaying some EV-specific information. The plusher Style – which will become our SE L – gets a leather steering wheel and 16in alloys.

Order books for the Citigo-e will open in the autumn, with first deliveries expected early next year. We’re told to expect a price of around £15,000, with the step between SE and SE L versions similar to that of the petrol-powered Citigo at around £550.