Funny how even though they’re all ultimately derived from a common toolkit of platforms, engines and technologies, the Skoda is often a better bet than the equivalent Volkswagen. Not always, but frequently. As much is true of the Kodiaq versus the Tiguan, the Superb versus the Passat and even the Octavia versus the Golf.
Bear that in mind as you read this review of Skoda’s new five-seat electric SUV. The Enyaq iV is equivalent to the Volkswagen ID.4 – it’s based on the same platform and uses the same powertrain and technologies. Other competitors include the Ford Mustang Mach-E, electric Volvo XC40, Kia e-Niro and (eventually) the Tesla Model Y. The Enyaq is on sale in Britain right now, but the first UK-spec cars aren’t scheduled to land until this summer.
Initially Skoda’s first purpose-built EV comes in two flavours. The Enyaq iV 60 has a 62kWh battery and the pricier Enyaq iV 80 has an 82kWh battery (both gross – 58 and 77kWh net respectively). Both have single rear-mounted electric motors for rear-wheel drive. You’re looking at between 256 and 333 miles of claimed WLTP range, which is excellent for the money.
The 80 gets 201bhp and the 60 gets 177bhp, but there’s only 0.2 seconds between their 0-62mph times and they both have an equal 229lb ft of torque. Oh, and both cars charge at a max rate of 50kW unless you specify 100kW and 125kW charging for the 60 and 80 respectively.
All-wheel drive Enyaqs with a second e-motor for the front-axle are coming, as is a quicker vRS version.
The Enyaq is actually longer than the ID.4 (but shorter than Skoda’s own Kodiaq, a TG favourite), so it’s got a bigger boot. Over 100-litres more with all the seats folded flat, which is not to be sniffed at. And, at the outset at least, it costs less. As of April 2021 the cheapest Enyqaq is under £35,000, so it’s eligible for the Government’s £2,500 Plug-in Car Grant.
The Skoda also looks and feels a bit more conventional – you wouldn’t mistake an ID.4 for a normal car, but you might an Enyaq – which will please as many people as it disappoints. Which camp are you in?