The Skoda Enyaq iV offers lots of space, a driving range of 330 miles in the case of the 80 model, a good driving experience, all at a relatively affordable price for an all-electric SUV.
The Volkswagen Group has developed an electric car platform that sits under the Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron, and Skoda is also using it for the Enyaq iV. We think both the ID.4 and Q4 e-tron are excellent cars, so presumably the Skoda Enyaq is also going to get a good report?
Volkswagen describes its ID.4 as an SUV, but the Skoda Enyaq appears to be more of an estate – as a compromise perhaps we should call it a crossover. It’s a very spacious 5-seater, with lots of legroom for the three rear seat passengers, and a huge boot – 585 litres (compared to 520 litres in the Audi Q4 e-tron). This increases to a mammoth 1,710 litres if you fold down the rear seats. There’s even space under the boot floor for the charging leads.
Unlike any other Skoda from recent times, the Enyaq is rear-wheel drive (which handles the EV’s torque better than front-wheel drive). There’s an 82kWh battery with a net capacity of 77kWh. The electric motor has an output of 150kW/204PS, with torque of 310Nm.
The ‘Loft’ interior has a modern and airy feel, which helps to create a pleasant environment.
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The Enyaq iV is an electric car so all the normal electric car qualities are present, ie. it has responsive acceleration and it’s quiet and refined. Because it’s an electric car, at 2,107kg, it weighs more than an equivalent petrol car. However it’s still good to drive, with rewarding rear-wheel drive handling and well-judged traction control: there’s virtually no wheel slippage and virtually no intrusive interference with power delivery (unlike many Volkswagen Group petrol cars). And despite the large wheels, the ride quality is comfortable.
The gear selector is a small button, with the options of D, B or R, but, unusually, no Park – instead you have to use the handbrake.
There are drive modes of Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual. You have to select these via the touchscreen, and once you’ve done this, they stay on the screen, and you have to press the touchscreen again to get rid of the drive mode choices. If you select Sport, there’s nothing in the instrument display – which is very small and doesn’t have much information – to say that you’re in Sport, it just says D.
There’s a large (13-inch) central touchscreen which provides a big rear view camera, and there are very few physical buttons. If you want to adjust the heating and ventilation, there’s no button on the touchscreen to do this, but one of the few buttons under the touchscreen is for climate. If you want to quickly change the heating and ventilation settings, such as to adjust the fan speed, this can be a challenge because although the climate button is a physical switch, all controls thereafter are on the touchscreen (as opposed to the Audi Q4 e-tron which has separate, physical climate buttons). The Enyaq also wants to take you to ‘smart AC’ controls; if you want ‘old fashioned’ controls, then ‘classic AC’ is another button that you’ll need to press.
The satnav tends to show you a diagram of previous locations, which isn’t generally that much use, and you have to press a ‘map’ button to view a map.
The lane departure warning system can make the steering go crazy if you venture near a white line, and once again, to switch off this system there’s lots of button pressing on the touchscreen – actually four sets of buttons. And all the button-pressing that’s required isn’t helped by the touchscreen taking a while to spring into life when you first start the car.
The Skoda Enyaq iV 60 with a battery capacity of 58kWh (net) has a range of up to 256 miles and a charge time of around 9 hours 30 minutes on a home charger or around 55 minutes on a rapid charger.
The Skoda Enyaq iV 80 with a battery capacity of 77kWh (net) has a range of up to 330 miles and a charge time of around 13 hours on a home charger or around 1 hour 10 minutes on a rapid charger.
Charge time to 80% can be as quick as 38 minutes at a 125kW ultra-rapid charger.
The real-world range of the Enyaq iV 80 on test was averaging around 250 miles.
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 iV 80 from Fastned:
The Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Loft, as tested, costs £39,350. Our test car also had the following options fitted: 20” Alloys (£530), 125kW DC Battery Charging (£440), Assisted Drive Package Basic (£685), Comfort Seat Package Basic (£440), Convenience Package Basic (£725), Drive Sport Package Basic (£200), and Metallic Pearlescent Paint (£595), taking the total price of our test car to £42,965. The entry-level Enyaq iV 60 is available from £32,010.
There’s a range of interiors: Loft (standard), or options of Suite, Lounge, ecoSuite or Lodge. There are also 11 option packages: Comfort Seat, Family, Climate, Convenience, Transport, Infotainment, Light and View, Chrome, Drive, Assisted Drive, and Parking.
The Skoda Enyaq iV has a benefit in kind tax rate of just 1% for 2021/22.
The Skoda Enyaq iV offers all-electric motoring, lots of space, an impressive range and a good driving experience for a price that undercuts most all-electric SUV rivals (including its Volkswagen and Audi family members). It’s generally all good news, so it’s a shame that the experience is spoilt by most interior buttons being removed by the engineers, ironically resulting in too much button-pressing for the driver to control simple things such as the fan speed. Better shortcut buttons on the touchscreen would solve this, as Audi has done with the Q4 e-tron. However this is just one flaw, which many people might be fine to live with, and it doesn’t stop the Skoda Enyaq iV being awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 10 out of 10.