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Skoda Enyaq iV Review: Practically Right-Thinking Electric Vehicles – Colin Goodwin

Skoda says that the new car has never seen as much interest as it did for the Eniac IV.

I’m not surprised.

This is just the type of car that will appeal to your average Skoda customer; When I come to the motor to shop for value and more importantly, an appreciable lack of snobbishness, a puncture I am always credited with having higher than average intelligence.

So what is the reason for the excitement? The Enyaq iV (in Skoda language denotes electrification iV) is Skoda’s first pure electric car built on a bespoke EV platform – as opposed to the Citigo-E iV that is built on an existing car.

The platform is the MEB structure of the VW group that we have already seen in the VW ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV.

In the past, we were a little less suppressed but the ID.4, which we tested only a few weeks ago, was much more affected.



Perfect if you are shopping for value in a motor

Skoda offers a wide choice with its new Enyaq. Your first decision will be on battery capacity and your options will be 62kWh units or 77kWh ones.

Obviously the larger the battery you spend, the more you benefit from the greater range. Those numbers are pure, which explains why our test car is named Enyaq iV 80 Suite.

Instead of offering traditional trim levels, Skoda is offering customers a choice of battery size, then a selection of interior styles including loft, lodge, lounge, suite and EcoSuite. They differ in style, not price or content.

On top of this you can order various packages such as Assisted Drive Plus packages and options such as tow bars.



Skoda Enyaq
This is डाkoda’s first pure electric car built on a bespoke EV platform



Skoda Enyaq
Skoda is giving customers the option of battery size

We have a full list of these in our car, which have increased the price from £ 40,660 to £ 53,825. Many of them you could not live without.

I am not sure that a large battery is necessarily the right choice. Our 80’s range is officially 333 miles which in itself is 23 miles more than the VW ID 4, with exactly the same hardware it can manage.

The range for the Enyaq 60 is 256 miles which I think will be more than enough for many. Stick to that battery and equip your car moderately and you can pay at least £ 31,995 for an Enyaq, which puts it well below the PICG threshold.

Skoda lacks some visual dazzle of ID.4, but it recognizes a Skoda with more aero dynamic profiles and sharp edges. It is more attractive than Kodiak, which is closer in size to Eniac.



Skoda Enyaq
Many of the options you could live without happiness

Ah, the size. You will be very impressed by the space inside this car. This is its biggest selling point.

Even sliding the driver’s seat back into a super generous legroom setting, there was a large amount of rear legroom when I slipped to sit behind ‘myself’ (I’m 5 feet 10 inches by the way). The boot has a huge boot of 585 cm with rear seats and a 1,710 liter with folded flat with them. This first figure is actually 42 liters larger than the ID.4.

At the front you have got a 13in infotainment screen, through which most functions are controlled, in current VW fashion.

It is easy to operate and even voice control works quite well. One pack has a head-up display, which is brilliantly useful and has crisp graphics.



Skoda Enyaq
You will be very impressed by the space inside this car.



Skoda Enyaq
A larger battery is necessarily the right choice.

Enyaq gets off the line with the familiar EV insistence and then sits down for a quiet and serene driving experience. The ride is very comfortable and the car is easy to drive and feels safe and sure. In other words, it has all the dynamic skills that the average Skoda owner wants.

More powerful versions of the Eniac are due to follow, including a VRS badge and one that wears a four-wheel drive model. They may have more curb on appeal but I doubt they will offer much more than this more simple Enyaq.

Skoda said that it would transfer about 8,000 Enyaqs a year and I don’t doubt they would. Sure, you don’t get the dunky gear selector that the ID.4 gives you or the stained-white dashboard, but Skoda gives more space for legs and accessories, plus it costs less.

The new Enyaq iV is the EV of the thinking person; A customer who places practicality and value above brand reputation.

Speaking of the brand, Rolls Royce is the only other company I can think of that includes an umbrella, and a hole hidden in the door to put it on.

The facts

Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Suite Four-Door Crossover

cost: £ 40,660

Equipment: Single Electric Motor, 201bhp

Battery: Is 77kWh

0-62mph: 8.5 seconds

Range: 333 mi

RIVALS

Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition



ID.4
The ID.4 costs just £ 37,800.

There is more style, but not as spacious. Check the equipment list for a true price comparison.

Mercedes-Benz EQA Premium Plus



EQA
The EQA is priced at a cool £ 40,494

Lack of interior space compared with Skoda.

Ford Mustang Mach E



Ford Mustang Mach E
The Mustang will set you back 40,350 pounds

Ford’s first dedicated EV has a good range from the top spec versions and is good to drive.

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