The Enyaq iV is Skoda’s good-looking, spacious new SUV, a fully-electric mannequin marking the beginning of the model’s electro-mobility journey and paving the way in which for a brand new era of all-electric Skodas.
As befits a automobile that’s beginning a brand new period in design and engineering for the Czech Republic marque, the Enyaq iV introduces a brand new vary construction based mostly round battery sizes.
Customers can select between two battery pack sizes, 62kWh and 82kW, after which go for one in every of six inside design choices and select from choice packs.
I spent per week behind the wheel of the 82kW model, which the producer says has a spread of 333 miles.
The exterior design has baggage of kerb enchantment, daring and futuristic but instantly recognisable as a Skoda. The five-door automobile’s sculptural strains and well-balanced proportions mix to create a dynamic but elegant household SUV (sports activities utility automobile).
The entrance finish contains a hanging entrance grille, crystalline headlights and a boldly detailed bumper that mixes highly effective aerodynamic parts with intricate particulars. Available as an choice, the grille has 130 vertical LED strips built-in into its construction with a single horizontal beam.
The facet profile creates a clean, flowing form, whereas on the rear, the Enyaq iV options rear LED mild items cut up between the rear wing and tailgate with intricate crystalline detailing.
The tailgate is framed by a matt black roof spoiler and a rear bumper that contains a gray diffuser. A panoramic sliding roof is accessible as an choice whereas the roof rails and window frames present distinction in a alternative of chrome, matt or gloss black.
Those six inside design packages vary from Loft, which incorporates gray dashboard cloth and stitching and brushed aluminium decor strips, Lodge, which has cloth from recycled plastic bottles, and vibrant colors, Lounge, with its a mixture of leather-based and microfibre upholstery with distinction stitching, Suite (our check mannequin) which options black leather-based upholstery with Cognac brown stitching and synthetic leather-trimmed dashboard.
Then there’s EcoSuite with Cognac brown leather-based dyed with olive leaf extract with distinction stitching and piano black decor strips, and SportLine which has Alcantara and leather-trimmed sports activities seats and dashboard, carbon-effect decor strips and aluminium-look pedals.
Our automobile’s wealth of options included a 13in touch-screen show, heated, leather-based trimmed steering wheel, eight-speaker audio system, cruise management and speed-limiter, heated, auto-dimming and auto-folding door mirrors with boarding spotlights and ‘welcome’ brand, twin zone local weather management, LED ambient inside lighting, mild and rain sensors with auto-dimming rear view mirror, coming-home and leaving-home options for exterior lights, entrance and rear parking sensors, rear-view digital camera, satnav, connectivity suite and a wi-fi hotspot for as much as eight units.
Practicality? The Enyaq iV’s boot has a capability of 585 litres with the rear seats within the upright place and 1,710 litres with them folded.
On the street
The cabin feels very mild and ethereal with outstanding legroom each back and front, whereas the flat ground provides a lot of foot-room. The single-speed transmission (see Tech time) makes driving a doddle and progress is seamless, clean and quiet, with baggage of energy on faucet.
With beneficiant vary (see Tech time) and selectable drive modes, together with Eco – for extra environment friendly driving – and Sport, the driving expertise is confidence-inspiring and the automobile feels at residence in all situations, from tootling on the town to the motorway haul. Performance figures are 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds with a prime velocity of 99mph (producer’s figures).
In the Enyaq iV, the battery is included into the ground to avoid wasting area, powering a rear-mounted motor and rear-wheel drive by way of a single-speed transmission. Our 82kWh mannequin generates 201bhp (150kW) and is able to returning as much as 333 miles on a single cost (producer’s determine).
The Enyaq iV presents clients three charging choices. In addition to utilizing a regular family 230V socket with 2.3 kW alternating present (AC), it may be charged at residence in a single day utilizing a wallbox of as much as 7.2kW. Depending on the battery dimension, the 7.2kW wallbox charging course of takes 9 to 13 hours.
As a 3rd charging choice, the automobile might be linked to speedy DC charging factors with a charging capability of as much as 125 kW. This permits the Enyaq iV to be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in roughly 38 minutes.
Combining daring and interesting design, a spacious, comfy inside, practicality, and a great deal of usable tech, the Enyaq iV household SUV delivers plug-in energy in nice type.
Price (OTR): £40,675. With choices fitted: £45,400.