Skoda Citigo e iV hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Skoda Citigo e iV hatchback offers a good electric range for the price
The cheapest Skoda Citigo e iV is the SE model, while the SE L model is about £2,500 more. The higher trim level roughly matches the price of the only SEAT Mii electric model on offer, but the SE is noticeably cheaper and is perhaps one of the best-value EVs on sale.
Skoda's values on the secondhand market are generally good and although the brand doesn't quite have the rock-solid credentials of its sister company VW, it’s worth remembering that the Citigo costs less to buy than the near-identical Volkswagen e-up! hatchback. If you pay less in the first place, you'll lose less money - and residuals for electric cars are now much better than they have been.
Skoda Citigo e iV range and charging
Whichever trim level you go for, the Skoda Citigo e iV hatchback comes with a 36.8kWh battery and an electric motor - the same combination as the e-up! and Mii electric. Skoda claims a range of 170 miles between charges, which could be achievable in the right conditions. Electric cars lose a little of their range in colder conditions; we saw around 125 miles of range from the Citigo e iV when we tested it in winter. Our mixed test route also contributed to the shortfall.
Handily, road tax is free for the Citigo e iV, and recharging tends to be cheaper than filling up with petrol. Although the Citigo now has a higher purchase price than before, it’ll be much cheaper to run so you may see savings in the long run. For company-car drivers, the 0% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate makes it an even more attractive proposition. For the 2020/21 and 2021/22 tax years, the BiK rate on all zero emission electric cars rises to 1% and 2% respectively.
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The entry-level SE model misses out on fast-charging capability, which allows an 80% top-up in an hour for the SE L model if you plug into a 40kW point. You can opt for a 7.2kW wallbox, which takes you to the same capacity in four hours or so. Recharging to full capacity from a standard three-pin house socket takes close to 13 hours.
One area in which the electric Citigo isn’t so cheap is insurance, as both trims now sit in group 11. Insurance premiums should still be reasonable, but you’ll need to prepared for higher prices if you’re upgrading from an entry-level group 2 petrol model.
Skoda offers industry-standard warranty cover of three years or 60,000 miles, which is comparable with many other small cars. However, it isn't as generous as the warranties offered by some rivals such as the Toyota Aygo (which comes with a five-year/100,000-mile package), the Kia Picanto (seven years/100,000 miles) or the Hyundai i10, which is covered by a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.
Skoda recommends servicing the Citigo e iV hatchback every year or 10,000 miles for low-mileage drivers but higher mileage drivers can opt for a variable servicing programme that could have intervals of up to 20,000 miles.
Skoda also offers a fixed-price service plan (at £342) to cover your first two scheduled services, which is good value. You can spread this over 18 monthly payments, which will cost £19.