20.10.2021Skoda Enyaq iV 60 review
Skoda’s first electric car it has had the chance to develop - we’ll skip over the Skoda Citigo iV, a rebadged VW e-up! - the Enyaq iV is an important model. Sharing plenty of parts with the VW ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron, the VW Group’s tried and tested platform sharing success story is now in full swing with its EV models. The Skoda Enyaq iV looks very Skoda - sensible, stylish, and practical.
Review by Chris Lilly
SKODA ENYAQ IV 60: PERFORMANCE
Although there is a higher-powered model, with a yet-higher powered model vRS version in the pipeline, the model on test is the current entry-level to the range - the Enyaq iV 60. Featuring a 132 kW electric motor powering the rear wheels, the 60 version will cover the 0-62mph spring in 8.4 seconds, before topping out just shy of the century mark in terms of mph. The more powerful 80 version is only a smudge quicker in the sprint, with an added electric motor countered by the added weight of the larger battery.
Expect traditional EV performance trends - linear and instant pick-up - and you won’t be disappointed. In fact, the Enyaq iV seems to blend characteristics from both EVs and diesels. There’s no significant shove in the back as you accelerate as you get in some EVs, but there is plenty of mid-range punch, and the Enyaq iV 60 sits nicely at motorway speeds. The Skoda isn’t particularly quick, but it’s got plenty of performance for most.
Those looking for a comfortable family-sized wagon can do far worse than pick the Enyaq iV. It’s a proper modern Skoda; refined and poised, shrugging off road imperfections, and providing a surprisingly dynamic drive when the opportunity strikes.
It’s far from a performance model, but the suspension is brilliantly set up, and will appeal to anyone not wanting a hot hatch. The steering is precise but light, and works very nicely around town, aided by the tight turning circle thanks to the rear-wheel drive set-up of the Enyaq iV. It’s simply excellent.
Quietly stylish, the Enyaq iV is a dignified vehicle in which to travel. The looks aren’t outstanding, but are understated and match the driving experience; refined. The front grille is perhaps the only jarring note on an otherwise fine work of SUV design. Huge and essentially redundant given the electric powertrain, I presume its main function is to act as a bridge for those switching from petrol/diesel models to the Enyaq iV. Still, an unsubtle point on otherwise very classy design.
The inside makes excellent use of the Skoda’s architecture. Interior space for occupants is very good front and rear, with plenty of head room, and leg space of a larger class of car altogether. Boot space is very good, though not cavernous as you might expect. However, when loading the boot up, you quickly realise that the Enyaq iV could deal with a trip to the tip or a family holiday comfortably.
COMFORT & CONTROLS
One of the greatest differentiators between the Skoda Enyaq iV and its VW Group rivals is the cabin. Although the exterior designs are broadly similar in proportions, and the interior space likewise, it is the instruments and infotainment systems that has allowed the brands to showcase their differences. The Enyaq iV is good overall, and I prefer the digital instrument cluster to be set into the dash, rather than sitting proud as it does in the VW.
Likewise, the steering wheel features a pair of rotating bezels, which look nice and work well. Otherwise, many other features are shared with the VW (less so with the Audi), but in this case the details come to the fore. The infotainment system is shared too, and although it looks nice, it can be slow to start up, as well as having features down a couple of menus or reached by multiple touches of the screen. It’s not the best system around, but time with it does at lease improve things.
SKODA ENYAQ IV 60: RANGE & RUNNING COSTS
The Skoda Enyaq iV tested has an official range of 256 miles on a charge, though the Enyaq iV 80 with its larger battery can reach 331 miles on a charge. Considering the 60 is the current entry point in terms of powertrain, a 250+ mile range is considerable indeed, and more than enough for many.
In real world conditions, the Skoda performed brilliantly. I found it easy to extract a good level of efficiency from the Enyaq iV, and got very close to the official range without even trying. By the end of 650 miles in my care, the 3.8 miles/kWh average works out at a 220 miles range (from the 58 kWh net battery). Even faster driving saw the Skoda return more than 180 miles on a charge, and with greater degrees of urban driving, I reckon 240 miles would comfortably be achievable for most owners.
One of the Skoda’s strengths, which it shares with the other VW Group models, is the brake energy recuperation system. Variable levels selectable using the steering wheel paddles allow for control over the car’s regen, and all it lacks is a final level that provides true ‘one-pedal’ driving.
Charging is possible at up to 100 kW DC on this version of the Enyaq iV, via the CCS inlet; larger battery models get 125 kW DC capabilities. However, 50 kW is the standard charging level available, and buyers must specify higher should they wish. AC charging is possible at up to 11 kW.
Trim levels include Loft, Lounge, and Suite for the Enyaq iV 60, with entry level Loft tested here. Fitted as standard are 19-inch alloys, 50 kW DC charging, 13-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, navigation, gesture control, and smartphone integration.
Also fitted are LED headlights, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and lights, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start, and the now famous Skoda umbrella within the door. Options fitted included 100 kW DC charging, Climate package, Convenience Pack, 20-inch alloys, Parking Pack, and metallic paint.
SKODA ENYAQ IV 60: MODEL SUMMARY
Considering the range available, space inside, quality of driving experience, and price point, the Skoda Enyaq iV 60 is quite a car. It might not lead the way in anything specific, but it’s excellent more or less across the board. This is essentially the Skoda Octavia of the electric car market at the moment; the car people who’ve done their homework pick.
Model tested: Skoda Enyaq iV 60 Loft
Engine / CO2: 132 kW electric motor / 0 g/km
Trim grades: Loft, Lounge, and Suite
On-road price: from £32,010 (inc. PiCG)
Warranty: Three years / 60,000 miles
In the showroom: Now
Review rating: 4.5 Stars