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Skoda Enyaq iV review

Skoda’s first bespoke electric car very nearly has it all – space, technology and a solid 300-mile range. It represents decent value for money, too

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Very spacious
  • Two battery options
  • Excellent refinement

Cons

  • Firm suspension
  • Poor range on cold days
  • Fastest charging costs extra
ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Enyaq iV 60256 miles9hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)36mins (10-80%, 100kW)
Enyaq iV 80333 miles12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)51mins (10-80%, 125kW)

Skoda sits under the wider Volkswagen Group umbrella, which as you may know also includes brands like SEAT, Audi and Bentley. For years, therefore, Skoda has been making practical, family-friendly versions of VW favourites like the Polo and Golf – as well as bigger models like the Tiguan and Passat.

And if you thought that was going to change now we’re all moving to electric, think again. The Skoda Enyaq iV is built using many of the same parts as the Volkswagen ID.4. It uses the same basic mechanical platform, the same batteries and the same electric motors.

But gone are the days when Skodas would undercut their Volkswagen counterparts by thousands of pounds. True, you can buy an Enyaq iV for under £35,000 and take advantage of the recently reduced government grant, but the same is true of the smaller-battery entry-level version of the ID.4. Like-for-like, there’s not much to split the two – just like the VW, higher-spec Skodas nudge £40,000.

The way this new Enyaq iV has been styled cleverly marries Skoda’s traditional design cues with a more modern and futuristic look. Being an SUV allows for quite extraordinary space advantages inside, while also giving the car that important purposeful stance on the outside.

In profile it looks lower and more squat than you might expect, with much of the visual weight sitting lower than on the petrol and diesel Kodiaq SUV. The tall rear end again works wonders for practicality and visibility on the move; the boot lid is plastered with big, bold Skoda lettering. The interior feels really well built, and depending on your choice of model, is available with a selection of sustainable, eco-friendly materials. As mentioned, there’s loads of room inside – whichever of the five seats you’re sat in.

The driving experience feels well rounded, too. It’s not lightning fast, but that modest performance helps the Enyaq iV to a competitive 300-odd-mile range (from top-spec cars). One thing to note, though: our test car suffered quite badly from cold weather and a somewhat unsympathetic driving style. It’s a shame the fastest charging speeds cost extra, but opting for this should help futureproof your purchase; money well spent, we reckon.

It may feel like Skoda’s first bespoke electric car has been a long time coming, but it really has been worth the wait. The benefits of the building the Enyaq iV on the VW Group’s electric platform are clear the moment you open any one of the five doors; with so many clever features, this electric SUV is destined to make it a great family car.

Competitive pricing, a solid real-world range and quick charge times, along with agreeable driving dynamics and a technology-filled cabin mean Skoda really is onto a winner with this one. For a more detailed look at the car, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...

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