Skoda is renowned as a well built, reliable car brand. As part of the Volkswagen family, all of it’s models share their mechanics with the likes of Volkswagen, Audi & Seat & their first full EV the Enyaq iV is no different. It uses the same platform, batteries & electric motors as the Volkswagen ID.4. However, where the ID.4 is a little bit out there, the Enyaq is a little more conservative, but to our mind, it’s all the better for it.
Models & spec’s
There are three Enyaq models available. iV 60, iV 80 & iV 80x. Two batteries are offered, which are the 60 & the 80, each signifying the battery size & therefore the battery range. We were testing the former which it’s claimed has a 256 mile range. The larger 80 version will travel 331 miles. When we charged our Enyaq 60 to full at home, the range displayed was 219 miles.
Both models can be paired to Skoda’s specs, called ‘Design Selections.’ So choose from Loft, Lodge, Lounge, Suite, EcoSuite, plus a SportLine model. Standard spec is Loft & it features ‘black & grey tones with comfortable fabrics’, plus fabric door inserts. Lodge includes a selection of eco-friendly materials, so for example, the the seat covers are ‘40% natural wool & 60% polyester from recycled bottles’.
Lounge gets more exciting & features ‘black leather & mustard stitching,’ with ‘microfibre upholstery’ including fabric on the top of the dashboard that’s designed to compliment the seats. Suite comes next with “cognac-coloured stitching” & then EcoSuite, which focus’s on environmentally friendly touches. These include fake leather door inserts & interior leather, that’s tanned using sustainable olive trees.
Charging & battery range
Both Enyaq’s come with 50kW rapid charging as standard & you can upgrade to 100kW charging on the 60, or 125kW charging on the 80. Top-spec 80x models do come with 125kW rapid-charging capabilities as standard. All Enyaq iVs come with a cable for home wallbox charging as standard. We recommend Rolec; http://www.rolecserv.com/home-charging
Model Range Wallbox charge time Rapid charge time
Enyaq iV 60 256 miles 9hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) 33mins (10-80%, 100kW)
Enyaq iV 80 331 miles 12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) 34mins (10-80%, 125kW)
Enyaq iV 80x 303 miles 12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) 34mins (10-80%, 125kW)
Squint & you’ll see the profile of the Volkswagen ID.4 in front of you. However, Skoda have made some tweaks most notably the front grille which is matte black & zig-zagged & the rear tailgate where the lights only run part way across the hatchback.
Interior & goodies
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Enyaq is the more upmarket EV than the ID.4, because the interior is excellent. Where the Volkswagen goes for quirkiness, the Skoda goes by the book, so what you get is a safer, cleaner dashboard with many of the touches you’ll find in every Skoda. So, for example, the automatic gear leaver is located in the centre binnacle, not on the right hand side of the steering wheel as in ID.4.
The materials used throughout the car are really high quality & we especially liked the fabric dashboard trim. The colours are a little bland though, grey with grey & more grey.
Plump for the more expensive 80 & you’ll get front parking sensors, a rear-view camera & a heated steering wheel. 80 SportLine models get more aggressive styling, plus 20″ wheels, matrix-LED headlights & a slightly lowered suspension. Range topping 80x SportLine features 4WD & 125kW rapid-charging.
Infotainment & connectivity
All models feature a 13″ infotainment system with SatNav, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, keyless go, rear parking sensors & ambient lighting. Up front are twin C USB input’s & an electronic hand brake.
Most of the cars functions are controlled via the touchscreen, although there are some physical buttons underneath to access the climate if required. Steering wheel functions include cruise control.
The infotainment system itself, is very intuitive & it doesn’t take to long to grasp its finer points. The screen is easy to reach & the menus are straightforward. The on screen graphics are clear & sharp & the set-up is very responsive.
As long as you have the key on you, the Enyaq will unlock itself & when you push the brake pedal the engine will start. Select Drive & away you go. When you come to stop, you just press Park, get out & the car will switch itself off & lock behind you. Connecting to Apple CarPlay was seamless.
In the cabin there’s acres of room up front & plenty of space for three adults to get comfortable in the back. For odds & sods, there’s a storage bin between the seats, a tray beneath the centre console, an under armrest cubby, a decent glovebox & largish door pockets.
The boot measures 585 litres, with space to keep the charging cables under the boot floor. Fold the rear seats flat & there’s 1,710-litres on offer. This was more than enough space for my bike to fit in. Whichever way you look at it, this is a very practical car !
Company car drivers & BIK
Current BIK on the Enyaq is just 1% & cleverly, all iV 60’s cost under £35,000, so currently benefit from the £2,500 OLEV grant.
Our Enyaq iV 60 has a top sped of 99mph & will hit 62mph in 8.5 seconds. It’s rear wheel drive & offers 177bhp with 310Nm, so it’s no slouch. Motorway driving is a cinch. Select Cruise Control & away you go. In town, you can take advantage of the Regen. The braking feeling associated with many EV’s, isn’t as strong in the Enyaq, which is good thing. Simply select ‘B’ in the gear box to access. On some models you can also operate the Regen using steering-wheel paddles.
In rear-wheel-drive, the Enyaq offers plenty of road holding & comes with accurate steering. The battery weight isn’t that noticeable in the big scheme of things, although the ride is on the firm side. Inside, it’s quiet & there’s little or no road or wind noise entering the cabin. Lot’s of glass means manoeuvring is easy & all round visibility is excellent. In town it’s relaxing & on the motorway, a comfortable cruiser.
Real world range
We undertook one longish journey in our week in the Enyaq, a 180 mile round trip to the CV Show in Birmingham. Whilst we considered charging whilst at the show, we didn’t need to bother, as the 60 which began with a range showing 219 miles, saw us return with 40 miles left in the battery. Absolutely spot-on.
However, it’s worth noting that we didn’t exceed 70mph on the motorway & spent a good part of the journey in 60mph speed limits on the M6, which undoubtedly helped. Driving locally, the regenerative braking definitely adds miles to your range, we’d surmise as much as 15%, which is more good news. The only downer we had was that we did suffer from unreliable motorway fast chargers, which at Hilton Park, wouldn’t work with the Enyaq. Another caveat, is that we were test driving in August. Driving in very cold weather will reduce battery range as will driving with more passengers on board. ( I drove alone )
We don’t want to keep referring back to the Enyaq’s sibling the Volkswagen ID.4, but I’m afraid we have to. We liked the ID.4 a lot. And, we like the Enyaq just as much. In fact, we preferred it. Yes, it’s slightly more conservative in it’s styling, which may not appeal to all & certainly from the outside, the ID.4 is sexier. Inside though, the Enyaq feels more grown up, better finished & a bit more logical.
Like the ID.4, it’s a proper family five-seater, offering loads of practical space. It also comes fitted out with on-trend tech & the latest safety features. Furthermore, for company car drivers the BIK benefits are almost impossible to ignore. And let’s not forget the cost to charge an EV being around a quarter of a similar sized petrol car.
A complete no brainer, well almost 4.5/5
Skoda Enyaq iV 60 NAV 62Kwh Loft
Battery capacity (net): 58kWh
Motor output (max): 132Kw/179PS
Motor torque (max: 310Nm
WLTP combined range: 256 miles
WLTP consumption: 4.0 miles/kWh
Top speed: 99mph
0–62 mph: 8.4 seconds