Driving Report: Skoda Citigo-e iV

So far, if e-mobility was affordable, you had to do without a lot. Especially for range. Skoda, on the other hand, shows with the Citigo-e that everyday electric cars are available for little money.  

The VW group wants to get e-mobility going properly. The Skoda Citigo, which like its sister models from Seat and Volkswagen, will offer a generously dimensioned battery and corresponding range at a low cost, will also play a key role in this project. Customers who make use of the environmental bonus can get a Stromer for a good 14.000 euros, which is suitable for more than short journeys in the city.

So far, only the Volkswagen spin-off in the Mii Citigo Up trio is likely to be electric; But for the small car series, the times of combustion engines are over from 2020. Instead, all three are now powered exclusively by electricity. Compared to the Mii, the 20.950 euro Citigo is a few hundred euros more expensive, compared to the Up by around a thousand cheaper.

The price differences do not affect the battery capacity of your 36,8 kilowatt hours the currently best Euro kWh ratio on the market. Unlike most recent E-Up for 160, the increased memory is enough for more than 270 kilometers of WLTP range. This is already a generous buffer in urban traffic, which does not force its users to the charging station every night. And you could even venture longer trips, even long-distance travel would be conceivable. For the approximately 500 kilometers long route from Hamburg to Frankfurt would theoretically be a stopover.

In practice this can of course be more difficult, because at high speeds -130 km / h are possible - the consumption reduces the range to below 200 kilometers. In urban traffic, however, more than 300 kilometers should be possible with one battery charge - in Eco + mode, with the highest recuperation level, without air conditioning and at moderate outside temperatures. According to Skoda, the WLTP consumption is 13,5 to 16,4 kWh per 100 kilometers. After a 25-kilometer loop through The Hague, the on-board computer showed 13,1 kilowatt hours at an outside temperature of 10 degrees on our test drive. With a consistently efficient driving style, a value below this would have been possible.

In view of the 212 Newton meters of torque that the 61 kW / 83 hp electric motor sends to the front wheels silently but nevertheless lustfully, absolute discipline is difficult. After just under seven seconds, 60 km / h are on the needle, after a little over 12 seconds, the 1,2-tonne vehicle reaches a three-digit km / h level. Annoying shifting is not necessary thanks to the one-speed automatic, even braking can often be avoided, because in addition to two power-limiting eco modes, four different recuperation levels can also be set. In stage 4, the engine takes over most of the braking work and generates electricity for propulsion. Good for the energy balance, also good in terms of brake wear. Regardless of whether you use energy wastefully or particularly gently - the Czech can keep you in a good mood in both directions. Especially since energy costs generally remain moderate. Assuming our consumption of around 13 kWh, 100 kilometers cost less than 4 euros.  

The refueling of corresponding amounts of energy may, however, be delayed. Under household electricity, it is almost 13, with Wallbox around 4 and for a quick charger with 40 kW a good 1 hour - for a 0-80% charge. That is one catch of the new, clean mobility. In everyday use, however, most users will learn to deal with these restrictions. As a rule, the Citigo will be charged at night and only driven during the day.

Another hook of e-mobility are the initial costs, which are in the case of the Citigo-e with 21.000 Euro on a mini-car actually high level. However, it has now been decided to increase the environmental bonus, which in the case of the Citigo reduces the base price by around 7.000 Euro. In the cost-use-bill you have to charge the small Skoda also a good equipment, because even the basic version Ambiente offers automatic air conditioning, electric windows front, an audio system, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, automatic transmission, central locking with remote control, a lane assistant and also Skoda Connect. The latter allows via app, among other things, the remote query of the battery status. In addition, charging management and preconditioning of the interior are possible from a distance. As a further equipment advantage, the Citigo rear doors, which especially facilitates the everyday life with children. The Czech Stromer is therefore not only suitable as a city, pendulum or second car, he also provides the necessary tools for family use.

Skoda Citigo-e iV - Technical data:

Five-door small car with five seats; Length: 3,60 m, width: 1,65 m, (with exterior mirrors 1,91 m), height: 1,48 m, wheelbase: 4,42 m, trunk volume: 251 - 923 liters

Drive: electric motor with 61 kW / 83 PS, maximum torque: 212 Newton meters. Lithium-ion battery with 36,8 kW / h capacity. Charging time to 80 percent: 60 minutes (with DC 40 kW) or 240 minutes (with AC 7,2 kW). 0 - 100 km / h: 12,3 sec.Vmax: 130 km / h. Consumption (according to WLTP): 13,5 - 16,4 kW / h per 100 km, range (according to WLTP): 225 - 274 km (combined). CO2 emissions: 0 g / km. Efficiency class: A +. Base price: 20.950 euros (without funding or environmental bonus)

Skoda Citigo-e iV - brief description:

Why: because it makes everyday e-mobility affordable

Why not: because you can not make friends with the limitations of e-mobility

What else: E.Go Life, Seat Mii Electric, VW E-up

When will he come: Beginning 2020

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