CAR TESTThe Skoda Enyaq iV is yet another variant of the electric compact SUVs in the VW family. That doesn’t make him any less attractive. But he does drop things here and there.
Skoda Enyaq iV80 (150 kW/204 hp), from €48,480
As soon as you step into this Skoda, you experience the space: you can effortlessly lose a complete family here. The flat floor at the back seat is handy and the luggage space is also large with 585 liters for a car in this class. But a setback is that it has not been possible to create extra luggage space in the engine compartment. Other electric cars do.
The interior is beautifully decorated and includes the small poker of the automatic transmission. That is just between the front seats and not on the dashboard, as with family member VW ID.4. The infotainment screen is nice and large with a maximum of 13 inches.
Unfortunately, Skoda could not resist the temptation to accommodate the climate control in the central screen. True: separate control buttons work better and faster. The infotainment itself also has a menu structure that does not always help you logically and quickly.
The tested engine version is the strongest, but does not quite live up to that in practice. The dynamic driving experience that characterizes many electric cars is a bit disappointing in this Skoda. Due to the weight of the battery pack, the car feels too heavy and unwieldy and does not immediately shoot away when you tap the power pedal, as many other electric cars do. The light, direct steering can do little to change that disappointment. Because the weight presses on the chassis, this SUV also appears to be extra sensitive to wobble.
During this test, the Enyaq reached a maximum distance of about 410 kilometers. There is good to live with, although the brochure mentions about 510 kilometers. Fast charging is possible with a maximum of 130 kilowatts: not bad, but some competitors can already handle more.
+ Lots of seating space.
+ Large luggage space.
+ Wide choice of powertrains.
+ Long range.
– Drives less dynamically than expected.
– No luggage space in the front.
– Wobble tendencies.
The development of electric cars is going so fast that the brand new Enyaq iV is already lagging behind in some respects. Its space makes it an ideal family car. But as far as the driving experience is concerned, there is still work to be done for Skoda.
Additional test notes
Skoda only gives a two-year manufacturer’s warranty on this car. You often get more from the competition. There is an eight-year manufacturer’s warranty on the high-voltage battery (or a maximum of 160,000 kilometers). You also get five years of free maintenance when you buy the Enyaq. That sounds attractive, but Volkswagen gives the technically identical ID.4 eight years of free maintenance.
The large, central display is placed horizontally, so you don’t have to take your eyes so far from the road. Other brands, such as Tesla, Renault, Ford and Volvo, are now opting for a vertically positioned screen. Partly because we would be used to that because of our smartphones. Could be, but a horizontal screen really works better in a car. Then you don’t have to look that far down.
The Enyaq tends too soon to wobble: such a restless carriage is not pleasant for the occupants and affects the comfort.
This Skoda is available with fabric upholstery on its dashboard. The material runs the full width of the interior, is also in the door trim and even on the center tunnel between the seats. That is very chic and warm in the interior and does not recall anything of the bare, hard and cheap plastic dressed Skoda’s from the past.
There are a remarkable number of pockets for small items. Typical Skoda cleverness are the umbrellas in the front doors and an ice scraper in the trim of the tailgate. With Skoda’s with a fuel engine, it is always in the tank lid, but because the charging port of an electric car is open during charging, Skoda wanted to prevent it from being stolen.
A head-up display with augmented reality (AD-HUD) is available at an additional cost. This allows the car to project moving navigation arrows in front of you, as it were on the road.
Skoda’s choice to equip the Enyaq with a different braking system than Volkswagen’s ID models is well thought out. An electric car can slow down on its electric motor (and store the energy that is released in the batteries), but in the VW ID.4 you only have two positions. Fortunately, the Enyaq goes further: with paddles on the steering wheel you can adjust the braking power to the conditions around the car and if you want you can let the car regulate this itself. It works smoothly without having to take your hands off the handlebars, as with the ID.4.
There is a choice of different powertrains. At the moment only the iV60 and iV80 are supplied. The iV60 (132 kW/180 hp) costs from €41,480 and should be able to cover 390 kilometers, while the iV80 (150 kW/204 hp, price from €48,480) is good for about 510 kilometers per charge. The car tested is the iV80, but with the extra rich First Edition equipment, which brings its price to at least €61,760. Which once again makes it clear: the time when Skodas were cheap by definition are far behind us. Little consolation: with this version, there is very little to be desired when it comes to the options.
In addition to the strongest version tested here, there will be an 80X later this year that will add a second electric motor and thus four-wheel drive and deliver 260 hp. The cheapest and lightest variant, the iV50 (109 kW/150 hp), is now also in sight: it will have the smallest battery pack and will cover about 350 kilometers.
Later this year there will be a coupé version with a lower, sloping roofline and a sporty variant that, according to the tradition of Skoda, is called RS. It has two engines with 220 kW (or 300 hp) of power. This variant can pull a trailer of 1400 kilograms, instead of the 1200 kilograms in the less strong versions, such as the test car. According to Skoda, the RS should be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 in 6.2 seconds: fairly smoothly, but not nearly as spectacular as what some competitors now have in the pipeline.
How does the Skoda Enyaq iV compare to the Mercedes-Benz EQA? View the AutoWeek comparison test here.
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