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Skoda’s all-electric Citigo e iV will go on sale in December, from £16,955 including the government’s plug-in car grant
The Skoda Citigo e iV – the Czech brand’s first ever production electric vehicle – will go on sale in December priced from £16,955, once the government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant has been applied. The compact EV is based on the same platform as the conventionally powered Skoda Citigo and has a claimed WLTP range of up to 170 miles.
The Skoda Citigo e iV’s styling doesn’t change drastically compared to its petrol powered stablemate. The only real changes are limited to a body-coloured blanked-off radiator grille, a smoother front bumper, a charging socket in place of the fuel filler nozzle and a fresh set of aerodynamically-efficient alloy wheels alongside the e iV badging. LED running lights are standard and indicators have been placed on the wing mirrors.
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Inside, some minor revisions can be spotted. The instrument panel has been redesigned, while all versions of the Citigo e iV come with Skoda’s Swing II radio setup, a smartphone docking station, new online mobile services allowing owners to remotely interact with the car, and lane keep assist.
Far more interesting is the Citigo e iV’s powertrain. While the sole electric motor driving the front wheels is unchanged from the Volkswagen e-up! and still develops 81bhp, the battery pack swells in size compared to that car.
Skoda says Citigo e iV’s battery pack has a capacity of 36.8kWh, which the brand says will offer a range of between 140 and 170 miles under WLTP rules. The electric motor’s maximum torque figure of 210Nm is served up instantly, with Skoda claiming that the Citigo e iV is capable of a 0–62mph time of 12.5 seconds and a top speed of 81mph.
The Citigo e iV does not offer support for 100kW rapid charging technology. The battery takes one hour to recharge from flat to 80 per cent using a CCS compatible 40kW fast charger. Through a 7.2kWh wall box, an 80 per cent recharge takes just over four hours.
Skoda has confirmed two trim levels for its all-electric Citigo variant. The base-model Citigo e iV SE features is kitted out with 14-inch steel wheels, climate control, a three-spoke leather steering wheel, a DAB radio and remote central locking.
The higher-spec Citigo e iV L is priced from £19,315 including the government grant and adds a range of additional equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, an ambient interior lighting system, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and body coloured door mirrors, as well as a standard-fitment CCS 40kW charging socket.
The Skoda Citigo e iV kicks off the Czech brand’s offensive into the electrified car market, joined by the firm’s new plug-in hybrid Superb iV. Christian Strube, Skoda’s Board Member for Technical Development said: “The Superb iV plug‑in hybrid and the Citigo e iV are just the beginning. The first all‑electric Skoda based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform will follow as early as 2020.”