Enyaq iV 80 ecoSuite 82kWh 204PS DSG
SUV: Check. Real-world
range: Check. All the space you
need: Check. Easy to drive and live
with: Check. Throw in a tech-rich
cabin and Skodas
stylish new Enyaq
iV ticks all the boxes...
THE CLOCK IS TICKING down to when electric cars will be the only kind
you will be able to buy. And as it does so, EVs are finally starting to do all
the essential things they must for when drivers eventually have no other choices.
Topping the list of these must-have qualities is the R-word Range. No
worries with the Enyaq, which covers 331 miles on a full charge of the 'green
The second crucial question is: Exactly how long does a full charge take? Plugged
in to a 50kW rapid charger, the Enyaq 80 model's 82kWh battery needs 69 minutes
to charge from 10 to 80 per cent. However, spend an extra £400 on the optional
125kW charging system and you shrink that charge time to just 38 minutes.
other good news is that all-electric cars are a great deal more straightforward
(think Scalextric!) than hybrid powertrains that mix and match electric with
a combustion engine. The Enyaq employs a rear-mounted electric motor to deliver
rear-wheel drive. Two battery sizes are available: we've been zipping around
in the more powerful 82kWh version with its reassuring 331-mile range (the Enyaq
60 models use a 62kWh powertrain that deliver a 256-mile range).
aboard and the
cabin quickly works its
magic the Cognac
brown leather-clad seats
are sportily shaped
with light but effective
bolstering and are
supportive in all
the right places.
Theres a stylish sweep
to the stepped two-tone
and the attention-
touchscreen sited dead
centre looks the biz,
while the high-riding
driving position is as
commanding as in any
other large SUV and
provides a sweeping
view of the road ahead...
With its angular-shaped headlights, striking blanked-off grille, sculptured
bonnet and sharply raked A-pillars the Enyaq looks purposeful and dramatic.
Climb aboard and its cabin quickly works its magic. The Cognac brown leather-clad
seats (with classy white piping) are sportily shaped with light but effective
bolstering and are supportive in all the right places. The driver benefits from
full power seat adjustment including lumbar and also gets a three-memory recall.
The leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed, multifunction steering wheel feels especially
good in your hands (so it should: it's heated and features tactile perforated
work areas) while the high-riding driving position is as commanding as in any
other large SUV and provides a sweeping view of the road ahead; you know right
away that placing this beastie is going to be a stroll in the park.
There's a stylish sweep to the 'stepped' two-tone brown-and-black dash and the
attention-grabbing 13-inch touchscreen sited dead centre looks the biz. The
optional panoramic sunroof (with a large tilt-and-slide front section and all
one-touch op) is worth every penny and floods the cabin with light as well as
providing a taste of fresh air whenever you fancy. In addition to all of that
there's masses of headroom and loads of space between the driver and front passenger.
The supporting trim classy piano black decor and upscale cognac-piped
floor mats all looks tastefully swish. Big is beautiful, so they
say. And when it comes to infotainment touchscreens that's true, ensuring as
it does that everything you need to see can be taken in at a glance. Set high
on the dashboard, the large display fronting the Enyaq's infotainment and navigation
systems is truly a sight for sore eyes. Whatever information is showing
map, radio, CarPlay or anything else it's all beautifully sharp
and easy to read.
An irritating problem with touchscreens is trying to tap the exact spot with
your fingertip when you're driving along. Skoda has solved this by positioning
the Enyaq's touchscreen so that your left wrist can easily rest on the dash
ridge along its base, thus making it easy to keep your fingertip and screen
in sync. It works perfectly. Plus the screen is sensitive to your approaching
finger and reacts pro-actively, which also makes hitting the right spot every
time a given.
eight-speaker audio set-up is fitted along with a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth,
Skoda Connect with Infotainment Online and Remote Services, eCall Emergency
Assistance, USB-C ports, a WiFi hotspot (in-car WiFi for up to 8 devices), plus
wireless Smartlink for smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android
ahead of the
driver sits a digital
screen that displays
active driving info
including road speed,
posted speed limit,
range, and navigation
Its minimalist and
foolproof with everything
you need to know and
keeps you up to speed
with critical data in one
Also incredibly useful:
orange chevrons are
projected onto the screen
either side of the head-up
display area to double-
down on the SatNavs
reminding you about your
upcoming left or right
not only has the
Enyaq got your back; its
also got your front!
Although many drivers miss the traditional physical heating and ventilation
switchgear, the Enyaq's 2-zone climate control system's settings are permanently
on show in a band across the bottom of the screen, offering an instant readout
and easy adjustment on the move. And if you like the sound of your own voice,
then you'll love the fact that there's voice control of the temperature (as
well as the navigation, phone, and audio). There's also a strip of easily reached
piano-style switches along the central edge of the dash for the Drive Select,
heated screens, hazard lights, etc.
Directly ahead of the driver sits a Virtual Cockpit digital screen that displays
active driving info: road speed, posted speed limit, range, adaptive cruise
control, and navigation prompts. It's minimalist and foolproof with everything
you need to know and nothing you don't, and keeps you up to speed with critical
data in one easy-to-focus-on readout.
Equally impressive is the head-up display that also shows your speed, the posted
limit and road signs, and navigation prompts along with a distance countdown
and the upcoming road name. Another big 'plus': you can select white figures
for normal use or blue for when there's snow!
Also incredibly useful: orange chevrons are projected onto the screen either
side of the head-up area to double-down on the SatNav's spoken directions, reminding
you about your upcoming left or right turn. Not only has the Enyaq got your
back; it's also got your front!
The ecoSuite's equipment tally includes the leather upholstery and comprehensive
comms already mentioned, keyless Start system, dual-zone climate control, multi-function
steering wheel, rear-view camera, parking sensors nose and tail, auto parking
brake, Drive Mode Select, powerfolding door mirrors (heated and auto dimming
with boarding spots), four fast-acting one-shot electric windows, auto-dimming
rearview mirror, and LED Ambient lighting.
Additionally you'll find some of Skoda's famous 'clever touches' such as an
umbrella holstered in the driver's door, ice-scraper in the tailgate, and parking
ticket holder on the driver's A-pillar. There is also plenty of in-cabin storage
including useful twin smartphone slots angled at 45-degrees for ease of use,
deep trays, very long, lined, bottle-holding door bins, and a generous bin under
the height-adjustable armrest between the front seats, as well as a clever 'basement'
tray running beneath the central tunnel that's accessible from both the driver's
and passenger's side.
Safety kit includes Front Assist with automatic braking in case you don't, Lane
Assist, cruise control and speed limiter, LED headlights, daytime running lights
with headlight range control, LED rear lights, auto lights and wipes, automatic
high/dip beam switching, Isofix child seat fixings for the front passenger and
outer rear seats, tyre pressure monitoring, etc.
Enyaq epitomises Skoda's well-earned rep for making family-friendly cars
it's a large, practical family SUV offering generous accommodation both front
and rear that will make family trips a pleasure. Measuring 4.65-metres nose
to tail, it provides plenty of room in the back. The supportive and nicely sculpted
rear seats are decidedly comfortable while the flat floor allows three sets
of feet to rest easy; if you need to carry three side-by-side, it's all very
to most cars will at best
firm up, and at worst
degrade, the ride quality.
But despite our Enyaq
rolling on a set of them
instead of the
its suspension coped
admirably, taking it all in
its easy-going stride
even poor blacktop
didnt cause those
aboard any aggravation
getting around urban
Out on major roads,
the Enyaq favours you
and your passengers
with a fluent ride
enhanced by the Drive
Selects Comfort mode...
Legroom is abundant too (leg-stretching is on the menu) and your rear passengers
will not only benefit from the soothingly quiet and delightfully airy ambiance,
but they'll also be sure to appreciate the fist-and-a-half of air between the
roof and the tops of their heads. Making it even nicer are central air vents,
individual smartphone pockets on the front seatback pouches along with bottle-holding
door bins and a wide, drop-down centre armrest with pop-out cupholders.
Fitting 21-inch alloys to most cars will at best firm up, and at worst degrade,
the ride quality. But despite our Enyaq iV rolling on a set of them instead
of the standard-fit 19-inchers, its suspension coped admirably, taking it all
in its easy-going stride even poor blacktop didn't cause those
aboard any aggravation getting around urban landscapes. Out on major roads,
the Enyaq favours you and your passengers with a fluent ride enhanced by the
Drive Select's Comfort mode.
A child could do it driving the all-electric Enyaq, that is. Really.
Basically you just jump in, foot on the brake, flick the selector to Drive,
squeeze your right foot down… and you're away. A thousand times easier than
mastering that first smartphone! Better still there's no 'bedding in' period
the controls and pedals are all nicely modulated and made for
fluently effortless driving from the very first time you settle behind the wheel.
With an eager zero to sixty-two time of 8.2 seconds the Enyaq would seem to
prioritise performance over comfort. Mind you, there is a hefty 201bhp on tap,
backed by 229lb ft of torque. Press the pedal to the metal and the acceleration
is satisfyingly strong and linear very reassuring when you need
to overtake. Equally reassuring is that, unlike some EVs, the Enyaq's power
hit is nicely 'cushioned' and progressive, so the chassis always feels that
it's singing from the same hymn sheet as the powertrain.
be fooled by the paddles on the steering wheel they are not, as
you might reasonably expect, for changing gears; but for increasing or decreasing
the degree of brake regeneration whenever you lift-off the accelerator. You
can, if you prefer, drive everywhere in 'B' to help keep the battery pack topped
up as it works just like Drive only with the 'regen' bit.
it gets off the line at a decent lick, the Enyaq uses its power more prudently
than some rivals rather than using its instantly available power
to launch you at the horizon, it serves up satisfyingly restrained and unruffled
progress whether you're frequently stop-starting in traffic or navigating the
skywards and youll find
yourself looking into a
cavernous boot at 585
litres its one of the
largest EV boots out
there and a hard-to-beat
USP for owners
planning to use their
Enyaq for carrying their
whole tribe along with
all their luggage to a
And theres more to
come: drop the
and youll open up
a 1,710-litre loadbay...
The battery pack tips the Enyaq's kerbweight over two tonnes, but dynamically
that's not a problem because it's fitted deep down to lower the car's centre
of gravity. Add in decent body control and progressive, nicely judged, well-weighted
steering and you'll appreciate the well-mannered drive the Enyaq serves up even
when pressing on along twisting roads.
Dynamic Chassis Control system with adaptive dampers is optional but the 'standard
springs' set-up is spot-on and the Enyaq feels well-planted on the road. Up
the speed and it feels satisfyingly surefooted at 70mph on motorways, where
it delivers sweet-spot cruising.
Some EV brakes can be rather abrupt (blame their dual function requirements:
braking while simultaneously capturing energy). No problem with the Enyaq's
though, which are well fettled and do the job very efficiently without you really
noticing exactly as it should be. And you always have a choice
of driving modes: Drive Select offers you Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport (splendidly
eager!), and Individual.
Send the tailgate skywards and you'll find yourself looking into a cavernous
boot at 585 litres it's one of the largest EV boots out there
and a hard-to-beat USP for owners intending to use their Enyaq for carrying
their whole tribe along with all their luggage to a staycation destination.
The capacity is doubly impressive given that an electric motor lives under the
floor. Also welcome is the full-size ski-hatch, and the luggage cover roller
blind slides and releases easily.
Don't wander off; there's more to come. Drop the 40:60-split backrests and you'll
open up a 1,710-litre loadbay, albeit with a step-up from the boot floor to
the folded seatbacks. Where you leave your charging cable is entirely up to
you but there is a dedicated cubby for two leads (one domestic; one fast-charge)
beneath the boot floor. There are also sturdy bag-hooks and side compartments
for odds and ends. Should you need to carry stuff on the roof you can, with
the bonus that the roof rails are finished in chrome to match the window surrounds.
But can you tow? Sure you can up to a braked 1,200kg.
For drivers holding fire on committing to an all-electric family car, the Enyaq
iV is likely to be 'the one' that persuades them to take the leap. With its
plush interior, Skoda's roomy, all-electric SUV is very convincing and made
even better by its fast charging and dependable and reassuringly long-distance
range. As an EV that slots effortlessly in to even the most demanding of family
lives, it's got our vote! ~ MotorBar
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 ecoSuite 82kWh 204PS DSG
Maximum speed: 99mph | 0-62mph: 8.2 seconds | Range: 331 miles
Power: 201bhp | Torque: 229lb ft | CO2: 0g/km