Spacious, keenly priced, good tech, refinement and range
Ride could be plusher. Will it actually do 300 miles in the real world?
What is it?
Funny how even though they’re all ultimately derived from a common toolkit of platforms, engines and technologies, the Skoda is often a better bet than the equivalent Volkswagen. Not always, but frequently. As much is true of the Kodiaq versus the Tiguan, the Superb versus the Passat and even the Octavia versus the Golf.
Bear that in mind as you read this review of Skoda’s new five-seat electric SUV. The Enyaq iV is equivalent to the Volkswagen ID.4 – it’s based on the same platform and uses the same powertrain and technologies. Other competitors include the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the electric Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Kia e-Niro and (eventually) the Tesla Model Y. The Enyaq is on sale in Britain right now, with first UK-spec cars landing this summer.
Run me through the range…
Initially Skoda’s first purpose-built EV comes in two flavours. The Enyaq iV 60 has a 62kWh battery and the pricier Enyaq iV 80 has an 82kWh battery (both gross – 58 and 77kWh net respectively). Both have single rear-mounted electric motors for rear-wheel drive. You’re looking at between 256 and 333 miles of claimed WLTP range, which is excellent for the money.
The 80 gets 201bhp and the 60 gets 177bhp, but there’s only 0.2 seconds between their 0-62mph times and they both have an equal 229lb ft of torque. Oh, and both cars charge at a max rate of 50kW unless you specify 100kW and 125kW charging for the 60 and 80 respectively.
All-wheel drive Enyaqs with a second e-motor for the front-axle are coming, as is a quicker vRS version.
How does it compare to the VW ID.4?
The Enyaq is actually longer than the ID.4 (but shorter than Skoda’s own Kodiaq, a TG favourite), so it’s got a bigger boot. Over 100-litres more with all the seats folded flat, which is not to be sniffed at. And, at the outset at least, it costs less. As of April 2021 the cheapest Enyqaq is under £35,000, so it’s eligible for the Government’s £2,500 Plug-in Car Grant.
The Skoda also looks and feels a bit more conventional – you wouldn’t mistake an ID.4 for a normal car, but you might an Enyaq – which will please as many people as it disappoints. Which camp are you in?
Our choice from the range
What's the verdict?
Remember what we said at the top of this page? Once more Skoda has built a car that could well be a better buy than the equivalent Volkswagen. We might not know for sure until we test them together in comparable specs, but on first impressions the Enyaq edges the ID.4 on several fronts. It drives just as well as its cousin, has a less annoying, more practical interior and is cheaper to buy. Best try one before you commit to buying the other, but first, click through the following tabs to read more on the Enyaq…