Skoda Enyaq review: performance, motor & drive
Although not as fast or fun as some electric cars, the Enyaq is a safe and predictable car to drive; ride quality could be better, however
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You can forget Tesla Model S or Porsche Taycan-challenging traffic-light getaways: the Enyaq 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 and something you don’t get in its Volkswagen ID.4 sister car. Note these paddles are only standard on some specs, however.
Skoda Enyaq 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
In terms of performance, the only notable difference between the Enyaq 60 and the bigger-battery Enyaq 80 is a small power hike. 'Small' being the operative word in that sentence; the 60 makes 177bhp, while the 80 boasts just 24bhp more. The 60 will do 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds, while the 80 shaves that slightly to 8.7 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.
The 80x SportLine Plus gets an extra 60bhp and four-wheel drive thanks to the addition of an electric motor on the front axle, slashing the 0-62mph time to 6.9 seconds.
But if you’re looking to complete the school run in record time the Enyaq vRS turns the wick up even further. It also uses a dual-motor setup, but pumps out a total of 295bhp and 460Nm of torque. The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in 6.5 seconds, which is not that much quicker than the 80x SportLine Plus on paper. You’d be hard-pressed to notice the vRS’ extra power behind the wheel either, because it’s delivered in the same smooth way as in the regular Enyaq .
Every version gets the usual array of Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes, but the four-wheel drive Enyaq 80x and vRS models also feature a 'Traction' driving mode. This increases ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation) to provide optimal drive distribution between the front and rear axle – perfect for wet and snowy weather.
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 is available with up to 21-inch wheels but even on our test car’s 20s, it was a bit firm to be considered comfortable. The ride is at its worst at lower speeds, with things improving the faster you go and/or if you specify the optional adaptive dampers setup, which can soften the suspension at the push of a button.
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 some 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.
Skoda has fitted sports suspension to the Enyaq vRS, dropping the ride height by 15mm at the front and 10mm at the rear. This, combined with the optional 21-inch wheels on the one we drove, did cause a few more jolts to filter through into the cabin than in the regular Enyaq, but it's never uncomfortable. Sadly, the slight compromise in ride quality doesn’t result in equal gains in driving dynamics.
In This Review
- 1VerdictSkoda'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
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Enyaq is offered with two batteries, up to 339 miles on a charge and impressive 135kW rapid charging speeds
- 3Running costs & insuranceRelatively affordable list prices, low tax bills and long service intervals; whatever you’re used to, the Enyaq promises to be a cheap car to run
- 4Performance, motor & drive - currently readingAlthough not as fast or fun as some electric cars, the Enyaq is a safe and predictable car to drive; ride quality could be better, however
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThere's lots of choice when it comes to interior trim, but whichever version of the Enyaq you go for you’ll be presented with a spacious and well-finished cabin
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Enyaq is one of the most practical and spacious electric cars currently on sale, with loads of room in any of the five seats
- 7Reliability & safety ratingSkoda has a mixed reputation for reliability, but the Enyaq's five-star Euro NCAP rating should inspire some confidence