The Volkswagen Group produces numerous zero-emission vehicles that cover most segments, and the most affordable of them all is the Skoda Citigoᵉ iV.
Introduced last year and launched in a number of European countries, the tiny five-door hatchback is a tad cheaper than its German and Spanish siblings, namely the VW e-Up! and Seat Mii Electric, and comes in at just £16,955 ($22,477/€20,040) in the UK, with the PiCG included.
The manufacturer offers two decently-specced trim levels, the SE and SE L, with the former getting climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and handbrake lever, digital radio and remote central locking. The upper grade adds 16-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, heated front seats, 40 kW fast charging and rear parking sensors.
In case you noticed that we didn’t say anything about the infotainment system, that’s because Skoda has come up with a phone mount that turns your mobile device into a veritable touchscreen linked to the car, a cost-control measure that may or may not be to your liking. Another feature that could be a downside for some is the rather rigid suspension compared to the previous ICE-powered Citigos, especially with the larger wheels, like the one tested by DrivingElectric.
One-pedal driving is possible and the steering is direct. The 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint takes 12.5 seconds and top speed is 81 mph (130 km/h), with the Citigoᵉ iV being powered by a small electric motor that makes 82 HP (83 PS / 61 kW) and 155 lb-ft (210 Nm) of torque. The 36.8 kWh lithium-ion battery offers a range of 140-170 miles (225-274 km) on a single charge in the WLTP cycle.
Elsewhere, you get a 250-liter (8.8 cu-ft) boot with an adjustable floor that keeps the charging cables hidden away, and decent space for two adults at the back. So, overall, you won’t be disappointed if you go for Skoda’s zero-emission A-segment hatchback, but would you be willing to?