Skoda Citigo-e iV Axed, VW E-up And Seat Mii Electric Remain< Back to blog
It’s news which is bound to disappoint drivers who were looking to mitigate high EV asking prices by getting behind the wheel of a battery-powered city car. However, the silver lining is that you can still choose between the Seat Mii Electric and Volkswagen e-Up alternatives, both of which are based on the same VW MEB platform – albeit they’re slightly more expensive than Skoda’s offering.
Why’s the Skoda Citigo-e iV being pulled?
Demand was so high from drivers for Skoda’s debut electric car that it overwhelmed supply.
The manufacturer’s allocated number of battery-powered Citigos flew off the production line and onto the road in quick succession. It even got to a point where the model had to be taken off sale in April due to a surge in demand.
Now Skoda has confirmed that a range of 10 more iV models will be available in the next two years. These will be a combination of fully-electric and hybrid vehicles, including a plug-in hybrid Octavia and an exciting Vision iV concept which is intended to be a halfway point between the popular Kodiaq and Karoq models.
If you want any proof of just how well the brand’s electrified models perform all-round, the spacious flagship Superb estate in plug-in iV guise is where you should look. It uses dual power from an 85kW electric motor and 1.4-litre petrol unit, which translates to an impressive 215bhp and a 0-62 time of just 7.7 seconds. All this on top of a 35-mile electric-only range which significantly improves the car’s fuel economy and emissions figures.
Can I still get my hands on the Skoda Citigo-e iV?
Luckily, the used market for electric cars is still relatively young, so you’ve got a good chance of picking up a second-hand Citigo-e iV with few miles on the clock and at a slightly discounted rate. However, most versions advertised are the top-spec SE L variation, which is a few thousand pounds more expensive than the standard model.
For the circa £19,500 asking price of the Skoda, you’re probably better off looking at the VW e-Up, which is slightly more expensive but comes in just one well-equipped spec. Standard equipment includes cruise control, a reversing camera, heated windscreen and five-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Most importantly is the difference between the two in terms of quality. In typical VW style, the e-Up has a plusher interior build quality than the Citigo-e iV too.
The same goes for the Mii Electric, which is kitted out with more advanced equipment than the Citigo-e iV, such as traffic sign recognition, cruise control and hill hold control.
Skoda Citigo-e iV specs and equipment
If you’re still interested in the electric Citigo, take a look at our table below comparing both versions to see which one is right for you.
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