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Skoda Enyaq iV electric motor, drive & performance

Although not as fast or fun as some electric cars, the Enyaq iV is a safe and predictable car to drive; ride quality could be better, however

Skoda Enyaq iV
0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
8.5-8.7s99mphRear177-201bhp

You can forget Tesla Model S or Porsche Taycan-challenging traffic-light getaways: the Enyaq iV has been tuned to deliver a more relaxing driving experience – and for many that'll be just right. There’s still plenty of poke for overtaking and keeping up with faster-moving traffic; the Skoda just doesn’t goad you into driving like a hooligan.

Even in rear-wheel-drive guise, it feels safe and predictable, with plenty of grip and accurate steering. There’s not much body roll and the brakes are strong. Speaking of the brakes, the regenerative braking setup isn’t as strong as you’ll find in some electric cars, but it can be operated using the steering-wheel paddles, which is a handy touch. Note these are only standard on some specs, however.

The two battery options dictate how much power your Enyaq iV gets, although in reality you’ll pick the one that provides sufficient range for your needs; with only 20-odd extra horsepower, the Enyaq iV 80 isn’t noticeably faster than the basic car.

Skoda Enyaq iV 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

The car we spent the most time in was the smaller-battery Enyaq iV 60, although in reality the only notable difference between that and the bigger-battery Enyaq iV 80 is a small power hike. 'Small' being the operative word in that sentence; our car had 177bhp, while the 80 boasts just 24bhp more. The 60 will do 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, while the 80 shaves that slightly to 8.5 seconds. Power delivery is pretty smooth and relatively linear – at least after that initial hit of torque you get in most electric cars. It’s not going to set the seat of your pants on fire, but it’s quick enough. 

Handling

Refinement is excellent; this is easily the quietest Skoda we’ve ever been in – even road and wind noise seem to be kept at bay on all but the roughest surfaces. In fact, the only area where things seem to come undone is with regards to ride quality. The Enyaq iV is available with up to 21-inch wheels but even on our car’s 20s, it was a bit firm to be considered comfortable. That’s particularly apparent at low speeds, though – things improve the faster you go.

One thing of note is that the optional adaptive dampers seem to improve the ride; we tried an Enyaq iV 80 with these fitted and despite the larger wheels, the ride was tangibly smoother. We’d strongly consider trying cars with and without the adjustable suspension before placing an order.

Elsewhere, while the relaxed power delivery means the Skoda doesn’t goad you into driving quickly, if you do find yourself on your favourite road then there is fun to be had. Body control is good and the steering is nicely weighted. For an SUV it feels pretty agile. The brakes are strong, too. One final positive about the driving experience is that the boxy shape gives great all-round visibility. No matter which way you’re looking – front, back, or over the shoulder – you know exactly where the car is placed on the road.

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