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New Skoda Enyaq iV vRS hot SUV starts from £52,670

The hot version of Skoda’s electric family SUV produces 295bhp from two electric motors, with 0-62mph dealt with in 6.5 seconds

Skoda Enyaq iV vRS

UK pricing for the new Skoda Enyaq iV vRS has been revealed, with the high-performance family SUV to start from £52,670 when order books open on 16 January. It serves as the more practical alternative to the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS that launched earlier in 2022, and uses an identical dual-motor setup.

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The Enyaq iV vRS’ twin electric motors produce 295bhp, just like the Enyaq Coupe iV and the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX. Power comes from a 77kWh usable battery, which Skoda says is good for 321 miles of range – 13 miles further than the VW, and only two less than the more aerodynamic Coupe.

With 460Nm of torque on hand and four-wheel drive, the Enyaq iV vRS promises to get to 62mph in 6.5 seconds; the same as the Coupe, but 0.2 seconds slower than its Volkswagen sister car. Though it’s worth noting the Skoda’s maximum 295bhp can only be delivered for up to 30 seconds at optimal operating temperatures and with at least 88% charge. Top speed stands at 111mph.

The Enyaq iV vRS boasts a maximum charging speed of 135kW, which allows for a 10-80% top-up in 36 minutes from a suitable charging point. Meanwhile, a 7.4kW home wallbox will need around 13 hours to fully recharge the battery.

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The Enyaq iV vRS measures 4,653mm long, 1,879mm wide, and 1,605mm tall, making it a touch longer than the regular Enyaq models. Its suspension is also lowered by 15mm at the front, and 10mm at the rear, for a sportier stance and improved handling. The 585-litre boot remains unchanged, and offers 15 litres of extra space compared with the Enyaq Coupe iV vRS. Luggage space grows to 1,710 when the rear seats are folded away.

As you’d expect from a range flagship, the Enyaq iV vRS gets plenty of standard equipment, including an illuminated grille that Skoda calls its Crystal Face. LED Matrix headlights are also included, along with LED tail lights and new sportier bumpers at the front and rear. The standard alloy wheels measure 20 inches, with 21-inch rims optional.

Inside, there’s a 13-inch touchscreen with gesture and voice control alongside a smaller 5.3-inch digital instrument panel, plus an optional augmented reality head-up display. Other standard equipment includes three-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, wireless phone charging and a powered tailgate. You also get a choice of two interior colour schemes – vRS Lounge and vRS Suite – which add either lime green or grey piping and contrasting stitching to the hot Enyaq’s black perforated leather sports seats and a sports steering wheel.

Go for the Advanced options pack and you receive the semi-autonomous Travel Assist driver assistance system, that aforementioned augmented reality head-up display, upgraded sound system and heated seats in the front and the rear. Meanwhile, the Maxx pack adds massage and memory functions for the front seats, among other kit. Additional items like a panoramic sunroof, heat pump and tow bar are available separately.

Drivers wanting to make the most of the car’s four-wheel drive setup will likely want to consider the optional Adaptive Chassis Control, which adds a Traction setting to the regular Eco, Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes, providing constant four-wheel-drive traction at speeds of up to 12mph.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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