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Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV prototype review

The more rakish version of the Enyaq iV is some way off hitting the road, but things are looking good so far

Pros

  • Refinement
  • Interior quality
  • No significant loss in practicality

Cons

  • Stiff suspension
  • Climate controls
  • Performance compared to rivals

In 2020, Skoda unveiled the Enyaq iV: a practical, spacious but somewhat conventional electric family SUV that shares a platform with the Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron. Now, like its sister brands, Skoda is getting ready to launch a coupe version of the Enyaq iV, which will be fully unveiled later this year.

While the Enyaq Coupe iV isn’t set to go on sale until early 2022, with deliveries commencing in summer of that year, we’ve got our hands on a camouflaged prototype for an early test drive. It doesn't reveal a lot about the new model’s styling, but does give us some first impressions of Skoda’s rival for the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.5, Volvo C40 and forthcoming Genesis GV60.

When it does arrive, the Enyaq Coupe iV will be available with the same range of battery and motor combinations as the regular model. Entry-level cars get a 58kWh battery and 177bhp electric motor, while the iV 80 model (like the prototype we drove) has a 77kWh unit and 201bhp motor. Both of those are rear-wheel-drive only. 

The range-topping iV 80X gets all-wheel drive thanks to a dual-motor setup, which pumps out over 260bhp. However, an even more performance-focused vRS version is planned, much like the high-performance GTX versions of Volkswagen's ID.4 and ID.5.

From the nose to B-pillar, the Coupe is indistinguishable from the regular Enyaq iV. The largest tweaks are in the back, as a result of the more rakish roofline. Only rear passengers over six feet tall will find their heads brushing the roof, and kneeroom is particularly generous, while a flat floor means even whoever's sitting in the middle can get comfortable.

It's also worth noting that all Enyaq Coupe iVs will get a fixed, full-length panoramic roof (like the Tesla Model 3). And thanks to special heat-reflecting glass, it doesn’t require the fitment of a roller blind, which would have taken up some headroom.

Unsurprisingly, the Coupe’s boot space is slightly reduced compared to the regular SUV’s – but only marginally, dropping from 585 to 570 litres. It’s also a decent shape, so unless you regularly load your car to the brim, you’re unlikely to miss those extra 15 litres. Plus, you still get a compartment under the floor that’s ideal for storing the charging cables.

Speaking of charging, the Enyaq Coupe iV will also launch with improved software that'll allow faster peak charging speeds. Although the new maximum speed hasn’t been confirmed just yet, we expect it'll exceed the current range-topper's 125kW, so it should also undercut its 10-80% recharge time of 34 minutes.

The coupe's slightly more aerodynamic shape is expected to translate to a modest six to nine miles of additional range, according to Skoda. That means the iV 80 should be capable of covering around 340 miles on a charge. Those figures haven’t been verified yet, but in any case, the difference is likely to be negligible in the real world.

It's also hard to notice any difference between the Coupe and its sister car on the road. On the plus side, that means refinement is excellent, tyre noise is non-existent and wind noise is barely perceptible. However, the suspension feels stiff, if never uncomfortable, aided in part by the smooth European roads we took the prototype out on, as well as its 19-inch alloy wheels and adaptive dampers. The steering is also on the weightier side, and overall lacks the sharpness you get from a Ford Mustang Mach-E, for example.

Skoda has yet to disclose any performance figures, but we expect 0-62mph in around eight seconds and a top speed of around 100mph for the mid-range iV 80 powertrain. That’s some way off the entry-level Ford Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model 3, but it doesn’t put us off too much and you still get a shove of instant torque from the electric motor.

Inside, the Coupe’s cabin is finished with high-grade materials, which customers will be able to customise thanks to Skoda’s selection of interior schemes, called Loft, Suite, Lounge, EcoSuite and Sportline. The overall layout is much the same as its sister car, so the climate controls remain hidden in the Enyaq’s central infotainment screen, which can be frustrating if you want to adjust the temperature on the move.

More pricing information and specifications will be announced when the Enyaq Coupe iV is fully unveiled in December, with the new model likely to cost roughly 5% more than a like-for-like Enyaq iV. We expect prices will start from around £33,500.

Overall, the Enyaq iV Coupe has a lot in common with its conventional counterpart, and suffers only minor drawbacks due to its more rakish roofline, so it should be a popular choice. While we’ll reserve final judgement until we get our hands on a production version of the Enyaq Coupe iV, it would appear for now that Skoda hasn’t compromised with its latest fully electric model.

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