First Drive

First Drive: Skoda ENYAQ

SKODA ENYAQ IV 60 LOFT
The story: Skoda’s first full electric vehicle is aimed to set new benchmarks for space, technology and value among electric vehicles
Category:Crossover
Key rival:Volkswagen ID.4
Price:£34,440
Efficiency:Range 256 miles
Emissions:0g/km
On sale:Now

Skoda calls the Enyaq one of the most important models in its history, and this first electric vehicle is certainly a big step for the VW-owned brand.

The crossover-cum-MPV-shaped Enyaq is closely related to the Volkswagen ID.4 EV, and launches with a pair of powertrain options.

The 60-badged car has a 57kWh usable battery, and the 80-branded model a 77kWh battery, giving them a respective range figure of 256 and 333 miles. The larger battery is also mated to a more powerful electric motor, giving the 80 a 204hp output versus the 179hp of the 60 car.

First Drive - July 2021 - Skoda ENYAQ - Image 6The 60 has the advantage of getting under the Government’s £35,000 boundary for the plug-in car grant, knocking £2500 from the list price and widening the gap between the two options.

Having driven both, there’s very little to choose on performance grounds, with the more powerful car being just 0.2 seconds faster from 0-62mph, and the lighter weight of the 60 giving it a very slight edge in ride and handling terms.

But the Enyaq is a big car, and nothing else qualifying for the Government grant can get close in terms of space and practicality. It is, for example 25cm longer than a similarly priced Kia e-Niro, and the boot is 134 litres larger.

The interior is generally high-quality, although there’s a hard plastic for the handle used to pull the door shut which is surprising for a part so frequently touched. The huge 13-inch touchscreen dominates the cabin, but the touchscreen system still frustrates for usability in the way all the latest Volkswagen Group product systems suffer.

Still, there’s loads of space for all passengers and the boot is a useful square shape that makes it an EV practicality king.

First Drive - July 2021 - Skoda ENYAQ - Image 1One thing to note is that the smaller battery only charges at a maximum of 50kW as standard, and the larger at 100kW, with the options list containing a £440 upgrade to 100kW and 125kW respectively. That will make a discernible difference to anyone frequently relying on the public charging network for a top-up.

The Enyaq looks like a bargain, given it’s priced alongside admittedly more stylish but significantly smaller EVs with significantly less range. The styling isn’t its strongest point, but it looks like a very sensible, good-value and practical electric car. Basically all the things you’d expect from an electric Skoda.

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The verdict

A decent drive, very practical interior and good EV range for a car that gets under the Government grant threshold. There’s plenty to like about the first electric Skoda.