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Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS Review

The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS has all the qualities of the standard Enyaq but adds a key ingredient: a more engaging driving experience.

  • Skoda Enyaq iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS 82kWh
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 323 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   145 kW

Summary

  • The basic qualities of the standard Enyaq remain
  • vRS model adds a more engaging driving experience
  • Coupe body style results in a more sporty visual appearance than the SUV variant
  • Interior and boot both spacious

Background

The Skoda Enyaq shares the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Audi Q4 e-tron. The Enyaq SUV went on sale in the UK in 2021, and we now have the Coupe body style, which has been launched in vRS trim. This means more performance, but is the driving experience also improved?

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Design & Engineering

The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS has an 82kWh battery (77kWh net) and two electric motors delivering a maximum power output of 299PS, torque of 460Nm, and all-wheel drive

The SUV body style has been replaced with a Coupe silhouette; however despite the fastback shape there’s still a large 570-litre boot, which is only 15 litres smaller than the 585 litres in the Enyaq SUV, and there’s still lots of rear legroom.

The Enyaq Coupe iV vRS has a ‘Crystal Face’ grille that lights up at night when you unlock the car, and if that wasn’t enough to draw attention, our test car also featured the attention-grabbing paint colour of ‘Hyper Green’.

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Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS Driving Experience

The standard Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV delivers a good driving experience, with enjoyable rear-wheel drive handling, comfortable ride quality, and responsive acceleration thanks to the 100% torque available at all times from the electric motor.

The vRS model offers more power and torque, which is delivered to the road effectively thanks to the grippy all-wheel drive system. And with the vRS you can switch off the traction control system, something that is generally rare with most Volkswagen Group products. For the record, this can be done by pressing a button on the dashboard with a vehicle symbol (yes, really, a button on the dashboard rather than on the touchscreen), however this then brings up a page on the touchscreen that allows you to select ‘ESC Sport’, which switches off the traction control. This results in the Enyaq Coupe iV vRS being more fun to drive than the standard Enyaq – however as with most electric cars, you can’t really describe the vRS as agile due its 2,367kg weight.

The vRS’s ride quality is still good, but the large (optional) 21-inch alloy wheels with low profile tyres mean that potholes and bumps in the road are translated into the car more vigorously than in the standard Enyaq.

This is less of a problem on smooth motorway surfaces, when the Enyaq Coupe iV vRS offers a comfortable, refined and quiet experience – with all the performance on tap giving the ability to safely pass hazards such as the multitude of drivers hogging the middle lane.

Of course, if you want a truly enjoyable driving experience, you’ll also have to stop the car interfering with the steering, which means that you’ll have to switch off the lane departure warning system, something that is achieved by pressing ‘Assist Systems’.

For maximum responsiveness to inputs on the accelerator you’ll also want to select Sport drive mode. Other drive modes are Eco, Comfort, Normal, Traction (for ice and snow) and Individual (you need to re-select your preferred drive mode via the touchscreen every time you start the car – which isn’t helped by the touchscreen being slow to start).

Any form of traditional gear selector has gone; you’re left with a small switch to select R, N, D or B (for increased levels of brake regeneration). Interestingly there’s no ‘Park’ option on the gear selector; instead you have to activate a separate electric handbrake switch.

There are also flappy paddles behind the steering wheel which provide extra brake regen, but only temporarily.

The Enyaq has a relatively small display in front of the driver, but there’s a useful head-up display.

Like the standard Enyaq and most Volkswagen Group EVs, the vRS’s interior is dominated by the large central touchscreen, which houses most of the car’s controls. Unlike the Enyaq when it first went on sale, temperature controls now appear permanently at the bottom of the touchscreen, which is a major improvement. The vRS also has heated seats – which are controlled via the touchscreen – and a heated steering wheel – which is displayed on the touchscreen but is controlled by a button on the steering wheel.

Under the touchscreen there’s a slightly strange choice of shortcut buttons, for Set, Mode, Assist and Clima. It would be much better to have a shortcut button for navigation – as it is, you have to go to the home screen to select navigation.

At the bottom of the touchscreen there are six buttons including options for Radio, Media, Charging and Assist Systems (still nothing for navigation).

One thing that the touchscreen needs is a shortcut from wherever you are back to Apple CarPlay.

Like Volkswagen EVs, there’s a volume slider under the touchscreen, but helpfully this isn’t illuminated when it’s dark…

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Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS Electric Range and Charging

The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS has an official WLTP electric driving range of 323 miles. The real-world range during a week on test in winter was 223 miles – exactly 100 miles short of the official range. We’d hope for a better result in summer.

The Enyaq Coupe iV vRS’s maximum rapid charging rate is 145 kW. A 0% to 80% charge at a 125 kW rapid charger should take 38 minutes. A 0% to 100% charge at a 7kW home wall box should take around 10 hours 24 minutes.

Electric cars do not charge at their maximum charge rate for an entire charging session – their charge rate typically starts off high with a battery with a low state of charge, then the charge rate decreases as the battery charge increases. See the charge curve for the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS from Fastned below.

How to charge an electric car

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Price And Model Range

The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS costs £54,370. Our test car had the options of Comfort Seat Package Plus (£540), Drive Sport Package Plus (dynamic chassis control) (£440), 21-inch alloy wheels (£620) and Infotainment Package Plus (head-up display) (£780), taking the total price of our test car to £56,750.

The Skoda Enyaq SUV is also available as a vRS model.

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Conclusion

The standard Skoda Enyaq iV SUV is a good car; the Coupe body style gives the Enyaq a more sporty appearance, and the vRS model means that the Enyaq is more of a driver’s car. You still get decent amounts of space for occupants and luggage, and the vRS is still comfortable to drive on most road surfaces. The vRS is of course more expensive than the standard Enyaq, and the real-world range of our test car was disappointing compared to the official range, but the car was on test in winter. The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS Review

  • Test electric driving range: 223 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 3.8 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:   £54,370
  • Insurance group:   36E
  • Power:   299 PS
  • Torque:   460 Nm
  • Max speed:   111 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   6.4 seconds
  • Weight:   2,367 kg
  • Towing capacity:  1,400 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor