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Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024 Review

The Skoda Enyaq gains more power, increased range and faster charging for 2024 – and ‘iV’ is dropped from its name.

  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:    Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x 82kWh SportLine Plus
  • Fuel:    Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 332 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:    175 kW

Summary

  • For 2024 the Skoda Enyaq gains more power…
  • Increased range…
  • Faster charging…
  • and ‘iV’ is dropped from its name

BACKGROUND

The Skoda Enyaq, which shares the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Audi Q4 e-tron, gains more power, increased range and faster charging for 2024 – and ‘iV’ is dropped from its name.

The 85 Edition and 85x SportLine Plus model variants replace the previous 80 and 80x versions. Thanks to a new electric motor on the rear axle, the Enyaq 85 Edition’s output is increased by 82 PS to 286 PS compared to the Enyaq 80. There’s also a substantial 235 Nm improvement in torque, resulting in an increase from 310 Nm to 545 Nm.

The all-wheel drive Enyaq 85x SportLine Plus – as tested – now delivers 286 PS, making it 21 PS more powerful than its predecessor. And the Enyaq vRS comes with an output of 340 PS, an increase of 41 PS, and its 0-62 mph acceleration time has improved by one second to 5.5 seconds.

An optimised 82 kWh battery with more advanced thermal management increases the range to over 348 miles for the Enyaq 85 SUV and up to 353 miles for the Coupé 85.

The all-wheel drive Enyaq 85x SportLine Plus and Enyaq vRS now have a higher maximum charging rate, increasing from 135 kW to 175 kW; a 10% to 80% charge now takes just 28 minutes – eight minutes faster than before.

The Enyaq 85 Edition variants with rear-wheel drive continue to charge at a maximum rate of 135 kW.

The entry-level Enyaq 60 remains technically unchanged.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

DESIGN & ENGINEERING

The Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus has an 82kWh battery (77kWh net) and two electric motors producing 286 PS of power, and torque of 545Nm for the front motor and 134Nm for the rear motor, giving all-wheel drive.

Compared to the SUV body style, the Coupe model has fastback styling at the rear, but rear legroom is still generous, and there’s a large boot offering 570 litres of space (only 15 litres smaller than the 585 litres in the Enyaq SUV), although there’s quite a high boot lip.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

SKODA ENYAQ COUPE 85x DRIVING EXPERIENCE

The Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus model has upped its game in terms of its performance, moving very close to the Enyaq vRS, however the Enyaq vRS’s figures have also been improved.

This results in the Enyaq 85x delivering an impressive 0-62 mph acceleration time of 6.6 seconds (the time for the vRS is now 5.5 seconds).

However the Enyaq’s main characteristic is a comfortable ride and a quiet, refined driving experience. In the case of the 85x SportLine Plus model, the rear-wheel drive powertrain is replaced by all-wheel drive, which gives more traction, but it’s interesting that the AWD model becomes more front-wheel drive biased, with torque distribution of 545Nm for the front motor and 134Nm for the rear motor. The tyres sometimes seemed to struggle with all that torque going through the front wheels, and the handling isn’t quite as rewarding as the rear-wheel drive model – and of course you need to factor in the car’s 2,155kg kerb weight. This braking feel could also be improved.

Our week with the Enyaq 85x involved driving from Manchester to Everything Electric in London then to the Lake District and then back to Manchester. So many miles were covered on motorways, yet the Enyaq always delivered a refreshed driver at the end of a long journey. It also provided a rewarding driving experience on A and B roads.

The gear selector – which is basically a small button – gives you the options of R, N, D and B for increased brake regeneration, and you can also control the brake regen using the steering wheel-mounted paddles – but only temporarily. Strangely there’s no ‘P’ setting on the gear selector – you have to use a separate electronic handbrake button to select Park.

A drive mode shortcut button under the touchscreen gives you the options of Eco, Normal, Sport, Traction and Individual.

Like the vast majority of new cars, the lane departure warning system interferes with the driving enjoyment, but it’s relatively easy to switch off, although you have to do this every time you re-start the car. In fact one of the improvements to the infotainment system on all Enyaq models with the 82 kWh battery is the ability to customise new ‘quick access buttons’ at the top of the 13-inch central touchscreen for various vehicle settings such as Lane Assist.

The navigation system also has new maps, so there are improvements, but it’s still not the best infotainment system. For instance there’s still the strange choice of physical buttons under the touchscreen for Assist, Mode, Park and ‘Clima’ – the main way to access climate controls. There’s no button for navigation. There’s also a volume ‘slider’ under the screen, which isn’t the most prominent of controls, especially in the dark, when it isn’t illuminated.

One issue that we had with the Enyaq was that it was trying to make repeated emergency breakdown calls by itself, which couldn’t be cancelled (apart from having this annoying fault, the car hadn’t broken down).

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

SKODA ENYAQ COUPE 85x ELECTRIC RANGE AND CHARGING

The Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x has an official WLTP electric driving range of 332 miles. After a week on test consisting primarily of long motorway journeys, the real-world range averaged 279 miles.

The Enyaq Coupe’s maximum rapid charging rate is now 175 kW – an improvement on the previous 135 kW figure – resulting in a 10% to 80% charge at a 175 kW ultra-rapid charger taking 28 minutes. A 0% to 100% charge at a 7kW home wall box should take around 10 hours 24 minutes.

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Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

PRICE AND MODEL RANGE

The Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x is priced from £50,305. Our test car had the option of Velvet Red Metallic Paint (£1,045), taking the total price to £51,350.

The Enyaq is also available with rear-wheel drive, and with an SUV body style. There’s also the Enyaq vRS.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024

Conclusion

The Skoda Enyaq is an excellent all-rounder, and the updates for 2024, including the longer range, faster charging, increased power and improved infotainment system, all make it an even better car. Our week driving the Enyaq around the UK proved that it’s very comfortable, and very capable. The Coupe model offers a sporty silhouette, and it still has a large luggage space, but if you want more height in the boot, for example for dogs, then the SUV body style may be the best option for you. It’s perhaps not as affordable as Skodas used to be, but the Enyaq Coupe 85x offers better value for money than some rivals and is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Skoda Enyaq Coupe 85x SportLine Plus 2024 Review

  • Test electric driving range: 279 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 3.9 miles/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):    £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2022/23): 2%
  • Price:    £50,305
  • Insurance group:    37E
  • Power:    286 PS
  • Torque:    545Nm (front) 134Nm (rear)
  • Max speed:    111 mph
  • 0-62 mph:    6.6 seconds
  • Weight:    2,155 kg
  • Towing capacity:   1,400 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor