Skoda Enyaq iV

WHAT IS IT?
Funny how although they’re all inevitably stemmed from a typical toolkit of platforms, engines and modern technologies, the Skoda is typically a better bet than the equivalent Volkswagen. Not constantly, however regularly. As much holds true of the Kodiaq versus the Tiguan, the Superb versus the Passat as well as even the Octavia versus the Golf.

Bear that in mind as you read this review of Skoda’s five-seat electric SUV. The Enyaq iV is equivalent to the Volkswagen ID.4– it’s based on the very same system and also makes use of the very same powertrain and technologies. Various other competitors consist of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the electric Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Kia e-Niro and also the Tesla Design Y.

RUN ME THROUGH THE RANGE …
Skoda’s initial purpose-built EV comes in 3 broad flavours– 60, 80 and also 80x. The Enyaq iV 60 has a 58kWh battery and the more expensive 80-badged models have a 77Wh battery. Everything without an x in its name is a single-motor, rear-wheel drive auto, while the 80x has a much more effective dual-motor set-up and 4×4. You’re considering in between 255 and 336 miles of official WLTP range, which is outstanding for the money.

The 80 gets 201bhp and also the 60 obtains 177bhp, but there’s just 0.2 seconds in between their 0-62mph times as well as they both have an equivalent 229lb ft of torque. Oh, and also the autos charge at a max rate of 120 as well as 125kW respectively. The 80x develops a perky 355bhp– not that you’ll be deploying that power frequently unless you wish to see your staying range drop.

There’s a virtual reality variation of the Enyaq en route as well.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THE VW ID.4?
The Enyaq is actually longer than the ID.4 (however shorter than Skoda’s own Kodiaq, a TG favourite), so it’s obtained a larger boot. Over 100 litres much more with all the seats folded up flat, which is not to be sniffed at. As well as it sets you back less. As of December 2021 the most affordable Enyaq squeals under the government’s ₤ 35k upper limit for the plug-in automobile grant, so you’ll obtain ₤ 2,500 off that model.

The Skoda also looks and feels a bit extra standard– you wouldn’t mistake an ID.4 for a normal auto, but you could an Enyaq– which will please as many individuals as it disappoints. Which camp are you in?