Skoda goes electric

with Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, front
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, side
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, rear
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, rear
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, rear
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, rear
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, interior
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, charging
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, charging point
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, rear seats
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, display screen
Skoda Enyaq iV 80, 2021, boot

THE new Skoda Enyaq is a handsome and roomy SUV and it is all-electric.

You can buy the Enyaq iV with two different battery sizes: 62kWh - badged the iV 60 - or 82kWh which is badged the iV 80.

While the latter is tempting for its impressive 333-mile electric range, the former can still cover 256 miles.

That will be good enough for a lot of buyers and the smaller-battery model also qualifies for the government's plug-in car grant. That means prices start from around £32,000 - a fair price for a large electric SUV.

All Enyaq iV models come very well equipped, with standard features including a 13-inch navigation system, 19-inch alloy wheels and rear parking sensors across the range.

Buyers can also choose from a range of different interior trims to personalise their vehicle.

All Enyaq iV models have an electric motor powering the rear wheels and the performance is more than adequate but more powerful twin-motor versions are on their way should you want more power.

The Enyaq is good enough to convert reluctant electric car buyers and it very easy to get used to and drive. Once you get used to the regenerative braking which slows the car down as soon as you lift off the accelerator it just feels like any other SUV but much quieter.

Inside there is stacks of room for five and the interior is cool and modern with good quality materials and it is also very practical.

Like all Skodas it boast a large boot - 585-litres - and it also has all of the company's clever features including an umbrella stored in the driver's door.

All models come with the same 13-inch navigation system, which features DAB radio as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It's an easy system to use although I prefer physical buttons for the climate control changes.

Neat digital dials are standard across the range and you can opt for a head-up display as part of an improved infotainment package for £740.

The lower-powered model has a 62kWh battery powering the rear-mounted electric motor. This produces 179ps and can accelerate to 60mph in 8.4 seconds.

I sampled he more potent model, the Enyaq iV 80, which has an 82kWh battery producing 204ps. This'll cover 0-60mph in 8.2 seconds - just a fifth of a second quicker than the iV 60.

It was really smooth and packed bags of punch for darting out of junctions or overtaking and was ideal for motorway cruising.

The Enyaq is easy to drive with good all-round visibility. Rear parking sensors are standard across the range and the rear-view camera which is standard on the 80 models helps in tight parking situations.

The steering is a bit on the light side but the handling is agile and the suspension deals well with most conditions even although this is a heavy car. Stick with the standard alloys for the best ride quality.

The Enyaq comes with a decent amount of standard safety kit but you will have to pay extra for the more complicated stuff if you want it.

This model offers a range of more than 300 miles from a full charge and can be rapid charged to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes if you can find the right charge point.

From a home wall-point it will take between six to eight hours to replenish the battery.

The Enyaq is a very good EV offering the space, practicality and clever touches that Skoda has become known for and it rides and handles well.

It is a great all-round package that has lots of appeal if you are in the market for an all-electric vehicle.

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