Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV

vRS

Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS, 2022, front
Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS, 2022, rear
Skoda Enyaq  iV Coupe vRS profile
Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS, 2022, interior
Skoda Enyaq  iV Coupe rear seats

IT'S not only the best-looking Skoda to hit our streets in a long time but the new Enyaq Coupe vRS is the first ever all-electric car to wear the coveted high performance vRS badge.

With a dramatically domed roof, macho front cowling, eye-catching illuminated crystal grille and dynamic 20-inch wheels the new Coupe certainly stands out in the car park.

And it comes with all the features that buyers paying in excess of £54,000 expect.

For starters its four-wheel-drive, with one electric motor on each axle. Then you have double glazed side windows, a huge full length glass roof and a head-up display as standard, not to mention a full leather interior.

But for most people considering buying an electric car it's all about range and charging times.

And for a big car weighing in at 2.2 tonne the vRS Coupe does pretty well, boasting a range of 323 miles and the promise of charging from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in just 29 minutes on a super-fast charger.

And that's enough to tip the balance for potential electric car buyers who want to avoid the dreaded range-anxiety syndrome.

The Enyaq Coupe comes with keyless lock and unlock and unusually these functions apply on all four doors. So if you want to get something off the back seat or let a passenger in because it's raining you don't have to touch the driver's door handle first to unlock the car.

As soon as you take the driver's seat the car powers up automatically and you are ready for the off. There's no button to press or switch to turn and no need even to take off the handbrake. You simply push the centre console slider to Drive and go.

And the electrically powered rally-style seats with built-in headrests are multi adjustable making it easy to get really comfortable and they come with memory settings in case more than one person in a household drives the car.

The interior is both stylish and functional. The panel for the combined digital speedometer and range estimate readout immediately in front of the driver is surprisingly small but nevertheless sharp and on this car you have the head-up display anyway.

As with most electric cars there's the ubiquitous i-Pad-style centre touchscreen which controls everything from the satellite navigation system and rear view camera to the radio and air conditioning.

It goes without saying that being a vRS model it's quick but it never feels over quick and is not one of the growing band of electric cars that leave you with the risk of whiplash when you hit the accelerator hard,

But with a 0-62 miles per hour time of 6.4 seconds it's probably fast enough to satisfy most sporting driver's requirements.

The Enyaq also comes with one pedal driving, of sorts. I say of sorts because when you engage B rather than D on the gear shift you get heavy regenerative breaking as you lift off the accelerator which is great for slowing down but if you need to stop completely you still have to use the footbrake.

That said, B mode really does make a big difference to the range you can achieve in the car and in that respect is one of the best systems I've come across. And with commercial charging stations now asking around 75p a kW every little helps.

Despite being a coupe there's a ginormous boot which can swallow up 570-litres of luggage and has a low loading sill to make things easier.

And when it comes to night driving the Enyaq Coupe vRS is spot on thanks to the full LED Matrix headlights which allow you to drive permanently on full beam without blinding other drivers..

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3yrs/60,000 miles

FAST FACTS

Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS

Price: £54,370

Mechanical: 299 ps, twin electric motors driving all wheels vai automatic transmission

Max Speed: 111 mph

0-62mph: 6.4 secs

Combined MPG: 323 miles

Insurance Group: 3.8 miles per kWh

C02 emissions: 36

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