The new Skoda Enyaq iV SUV has been unveiled. It’s Skoda’s aboriginal electric SUV and will be accessible with two array sizes from launch, both alms affluence of range. You’ll be able to adjustment the Enyaq in backward 2021 and aboriginal deliveries are appointed for bounce abutting year.
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The mid-size SUV will be the firm’s added absolutely electric archetypal afterwards the Skoda Citigo e iV burghal car. The Enyaq iV will be underpinned by the aforementioned MEB belvedere as the Volkswagen ID.3 auto and ID.4 SUV. We were accustomed an aboriginal drive of an Enyaq iV ancestor in Ireland and our aboriginal consequence was acutely positive.
Starting from £30,450 afterwards the £3,000 constituent car admission (PiCG), the Enyaq is beneath big-ticket than we were expecting. It’s about £1,000 added than the cheapest Kia e-Niro and Peugeot e-2008, both of which are abundant abate in size, and we doubtable it will attenuate rivals including the Volkswagen ID.4 and Nissan Ariya. The entry-level Enyaq iV 60 archetypal gets 19-inch wheels, a 13-inch touchscreen, dual-zone altitude ascendancy and keyless start.
Choosing a archetypal with the bigger array brings a abandoning camera, advanced parking sensors (joining the standard-fit rear ones), a acrimonious council caster and sat nav. This adaptation is £5,500 added big-ticket than the entry-level model. There’s additionally a Founders Edition with the bigger battery, which starts from £46,995 afterwards the PiCG, and gets 125kW fast-charging, 21-inch alloys, atramentous covering upholstery and cast LED headlights.
With a advanced end that takes afflatus from the Skoda Superb and, seemingly, a lower roofline than Skoda’s added SUVs, the Enyaq is a smart-looking car. The advanced appearance a advanced grille – fared-in, of advance – and clear bonanza inserts. It additionally appearance a squared-off roofline and a aciculate bulge forth the side, with a contour agnate to Skoda’s absolute Kodiaq and Karoq SUV models. The window band slopes appear the rear of the car, catastrophe with a baby rear window amid in the C-pillar.
From a distance, the aciculate LED tail-lights attending a little like those adapted to the facelifted Bentley Bentayga, while the tailgate appearance an angular architecture to abstracted the rear badging, with the numberplate sitting in a lower recess.
Alongside the cast LED headlights, the Founders Edition archetypal gets an aflame grille, and it looks like a atramentous administration backpack has been activated for a adventurous attending and added adverse with the acrylic colour.
The barrage images appearance a berth that is agnate in architecture to the latest Skoda Octavia range. A two-spoke council caster sits in advanced of a agenda apparatus cluster, while the infotainment functions will be taken affliction of by a 13-inch touchscreen army on top of the dashboard. Below that is a full-width trim piece, which both references the car’s exoteric grille and acts as a duke blow for application the screen.
Moving abroad from acceptable trim levels, the Enyaq offers architecture packs; capacity that are meant to accord the car a ‘lounge-like’ feel. The first, ‘Loft’, includes bolt and bogus covering upholstery, with brushed aluminium trim finishers, while ‘Lounge’ adds covering and piano atramentous trim and ‘Suite’ brings ablaze blah covering with mustard-coloured stitching. Lounge and Suite amount £1,285 and £1,115 respectively, behindhand of which array admeasurement you choose.
According to Skoda, the Enyaq iV is hardly beneath than the Octavia but boasts an autogenous that’s agnate in admeasurement to the beyond Skoda Kodiaq SUV.
The Enyaq iV will be offered with two array sizes and with both rear- and four-wheel drive, although a cheaper ‘iV 50’ archetypal with a 55kWh array may accompany the range. The accepted entry-level 62kWh model, the ‘iV 60’, will additionally get a hardly added able 177bhp electric motor. It’ll accept a ambit of about 260 miles.
An 82kWh array is acclimated in three altered range-topping models. The aboriginal is the rear-wheel-drive ‘iV 80’, which has a 201bhp electric motor and claims the accomplished ambit of the agency at 316 miles. The ‘iV 80X’, due after on, will get a added electric motor army on the advanced axle, giving it 262bhp and four-wheel drive.
At the actual top of the ambit will be a flagship vRS model. It will be the aboriginal absolutely electric Skoda to abrasion the vRS cast and will use the aforementioned powertrain as the iV 80X, but ability will be added to 302bhp, consistent in a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds. Both four-wheel-drive models will be able of up to 286 afar on a abounding charge.
Skoda claims the Enyaq iV can be answerable with a home charger in six to eight hours. Fast charging of up to 125kW will additionally be available; it can allegation the array from 10% to 80% in about 40 minutes.
The Enyaq iV will be the aboriginal archetypal underpinned by the MEB belvedere to be congenital alfresco of Germany, with assembly due to alpha at Skoda’s Mlada Bolelsav bulb in the Czech Republic appear the end of this year.
The MEB belvedere has been advised absolutely for electric vehicles, with the Enyaq iV barometer 4.65m long, 1.88m advanced and 1.62m tall; about 5cm beneath and lower than a Skoda Kodiaq SUV. It additionally has a agnate wheelbase (the ambit amid the advanced and rear wheels), at 2.76m.
MEB has been advised to board the car’s array backpack in the floor, a affection that helps to maximise autogenous space. The new car will be applied too, with a 585-litre boot, which is added than the Skoda Karoq SUV, and an added 48 litres of accumulator amplitude dotted about the autogenous beyond assorted cubbies.
Before the Skoda Enyaq iV launched, we collection a buried ancestor on the alley to see how the development of the new EV was abstraction up.
Our analysis car was the iV 80 model, and from the moment we got abaft the wheel, it’s accessible that the Enyaq iV could be a standout archetypal for the firm. As with all electric cars, there’s the direct acceleration, which defies the car’s ample kerb weight of about two tonnes. When you accede our analysis car is the rear-wheel-drive archetypal powered by a audible electric motor, Skoda’s affirmation that the best able range-topping models will be able to tow up to 1,200kg is accessible to believe.
On the road, the car is impressively quiet on the move, with its near-silent operation activity someway to authoritative it the best aesthetic car that Skoda has anytime produced. This is helped by acute packaging, with the rear-mounted electric motor actuality far abundant abroad to ensure that any electric beef doesn’t affect the car’s passengers.
The anchorage of rural Ireland offered a abundant analysis of the new car’s ride comfort, with a cardinal of potholes and rutted surfaces. On anchorage of this type, which are additionally accepted in the UK, the car afflicted with solid dynamics and a appropriate attrition to anatomy cycle alike on burst up surfaces. Overall, the ride affection is good, with the abeyance able of cutting out the better crashes with reasonable consistency.
The council bureaucracy had yet to be finalised, with our analysis car’s demonstrating a audible abridgement of feel, acknowledgment and weight. Despite this, it’s somewhat acknowledging during accustomed driving, activity fast abundant for active in boondocks and on the motorway.
We additionally approved the Enyaq iV as a commuter to see how it compares with the firm’s Kodiaq and Superb models for rear space. While the aback row is added than ample abundant for cartage over six-feet tall, with affluence of headroom, legroom and kneeroom, it conceivably lags hardly abaft the Superb for all-embracing space.
The acute architecture of the car’s electric powertrain allowances storage, with a acceptable 585 litres of amount amplitude acknowledgment to the adaptation of the array backpack in the attic of the car. This additionally allowances the interior, which appearance a ample accumulator box amid advanced seats fabricated accessible by the car’s collapsed floor.
When the Enyaq iV goes on sale, it’s accessible to see that this new ample electric car will augment the brand’s appeal. The car’s able design, from the electric motor bureaucracy to the autogenous tech, is according to that offered by agnate VW Group EVs. Skoda has priced the new archetypal competitively, as the cast usually does with its cars, so alone the accepted EV-related affair of cat-and-mouse lists is acceptable to authority it back.
Model: Skoda Enyaq iV 80Engine: 82kWh battery, audible electric motorPower: 201bhpTransmission: Single-speed auto, rear-wheel drive0-62mph: 8.0 abnormal (est)Top speed: 105mphRange: 316 afar (WLTP, est)CO2 emissions: 0g/km
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