Skoda Enyaq review: range, battery & charging
The Enyaq is offered with two batteries, up to 339 miles on a charge and impressive 135kW rapid charging speeds
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Enyaq 60||246 miles||9hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||35mins (10-80%, 120kW)|
|Enyaq 80||332-339 miles||12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||29mins (10-80%, 135kW)|
|Enyaq 80x||317 miles||12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||36mins (10-80%, 135kW)|
|Enyaq vRS||321 miles||12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||36mins (10-80%, 135kW)|
Choosing which Enyaq is right for you is relatively straightforward. The entry-level version is ideal if you’re not planning to spend your entire life on the motorway, as it gets you a decent, but not exceptional range of just under 250 miles. Upgrading to the larger battery isn’t that expensive though, costing roughly £4,000 at the time of writing and boosting range to 339 miles in rear-drive models.
Until December 2021, all Enyaqs came with 50kW rapid charging as standard, and you had to pay extra to upgrade this. However, since January 2022, Skoda has made faster charging standard across the range, so the 60 can top up at 120kW and the 80, 80x and vRS at 135kW. In August 2022, an upgraded battery management system and over-the-air software updates were introduced, so new Enyaqs should be as efficient and as up-to-date as possible.
Skoda Enyaq range
Skoda claims the Enyaq will do between 246 and 339 miles on a charge depending which battery and motor combination is fitted to your car. However, in our experience – in the colder months of the year at least – you’ll struggle to get close to those figures in real-world driving. You can also expect the more aerodynamic Enyaq Coupe to offer slightly more range.
Our test of the smaller-battery Enyaq 60 on a chilly spring morning showed around 165 miles on a full charge, and around 210 miles for the Enyaq 80. That’s a significant drop on the quoted figures, although this isn’t an issue exclusive to the Enyaq lineup and we’d expect warmer weather would give a more positive reading.
That said, even after some fairly unsympathetic testing, the range readout dropped largely in line with the actual distance travelled – suggesting a gentler driving style might return a more favourable range figure.
Initially, all Enyaq models came with 50kW rapid charging as standard, with optional upgrades to 100kW for the 60 and 125kW for the 80 available at extra cost. In January 2022, Skoda had a rethink, and now offers the 60 with 120kW charging as standard, while the 80, 80x and vRS model get a slightly faster 135kW maximum rate.
This effectively means that the latest 150kW chargers that are becoming increasingly common around the UK will replenish the battery of both models from near-empty to 80% capacity in less than 40 minutes. Many buyers will choose to charge at home, however. Doing so from a 7kW wallbox will top up the Enyaq 60’s battery in around nine-and-a-half hours, while the larger-battery 80 model takes almost 13 hours to do the same. All Enyaq models come with a cable for home wallbox charging as standard.
Another feature introduced for Enyaqs built from January 2022 onwards was a battery save mode. This limits the battery's charge state to 80% of the maximum in order to prolong its life as much as possible.
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 & charging - currently readingThe 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 & driveAlthough 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