In-depth reviews

Skoda Citigo e iV hatchback - Engines, drive & performance (2011-2020)

The Skoda Citigo e iV hatchback feels grown-up for such a little car and is great around town

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

Read owner reviews
Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Skoda Citigo e iV is likely to spend the majority of its time in town, and it's a perfect companion for the urban environment. Parking is simple, visibility is great and the car easily negotiates tight city streets that would cause larger models serious problems.

It’s a shame to keep it cooped up in the city, though, because it’s actually well capable of putting a smile on your face, if you show it a challenging road. The batteries carry extra weight compared to the previously available petrol models, so there’s a bit of body lean in corners, but the car never feels unstable. There’s plenty of grip and the steering feels precise, without being too heavy.

Another surprise is how quiet the Citigo is inside, especially with an almost-silent electric motor providing the power. If you’re coming from a petrol version, you might notice a little extra road and wind noise, while shallow potholes and bumpy roads are usually no problem. It’s among the most comfortable city cars in which to tackle a motorway and can actually put a few larger superminis to shame.

Skoda Citigo e iV electric motor

There’s just one electric motor and battery available in the Skoda Citigo and the petrol models have been completely withdrawn. With 82bhp on tap and 0-62mph taking 12.3 seconds, the Citigo is far from fast on paper but the instant torque from the electric motor makes it seem quicker than it actually is. It’s faster than both the 59bhp and 74bhp petrol models and its electric powertrain means it’s quiet - although there’s a bit of wind and road noise at speed.

There’s only one gearbox offered in the Citigo, an automatic, and it’s very easy to use.

Recommended

Top 10 best cheap cars to insure 2022
Dacia Sandero hatchback side panning
Best cars
18 Mar 2022

Top 10 best cheap cars to insure 2022

Most Popular

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light
Car technology
22 Jun 2022

Engine management light: top 5 causes of amber engine warning light

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022
Skoda Enyaq charging
Best cars
24 Jun 2022

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022
2021 Citroen Ami
Best cars
16 Jun 2022

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
20 Jun 2022

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
25 Apr 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
24 Jun 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022