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Skoda Enyaq iV

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Summary


The Skoda Enyaq iV launched in 2021 as the first model from the Czech brand designed from the start as an electric car. The compact SUV comes with either 62kWh or 82kWh battery packs powering a single electric motor (bigger two-motor versions will join the line-up later) and claims an official driving range between charges of up to 333 miles.

The smaller battery manages 256 miles, enough for many users, and qualifies for the UK government’s plug-in car grant. And the Enyaq accepts rapid chargers allowing replenishment to 80% capacity in 38 minutes.

The Skoda Enyaq has gained overwhelmingly positive reviews, with those promoting environmentally-friendly motoring leading the way. Green Car Guide questions the car’s designation as an SUV, suggesting it’s more of an estate, but adds; “It’s a very spacious five-seater, with lots of legroom for the three rear seat passengers and a huge boot.”

The driving performance ticks boxes too. While the weight of the electric powertrain can become noticeable on uneven roads, says Honest John, it’s not enough to cause problems, and the car is “pleasingly unintimidating to drive, even if you’re a reluctant electric car convert.”

More plus points for the equipment  – The Sun says that not only does the car come with plenty of Skoda’s ‘Simply Clever’ niceties such as the ice scraper in the boot door, “there are more safety systems than you could shake a sonic screwdriver at and an impressive new head-up display which features augmented reality projected on to the windscreen.”

Others highlight the Enyaq’s relative affordability in electric terms. “The smaller-battery model 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,” says Eurekar.

As of August 2021, the Skoda Enyaq holds an Expert Rating of 84% based on 20 reviews. That puts it comfortably at the top of the rankings for mainstream electric SUVs (and only one point behind the Jaguar I-Pace). It’s also a whopping 13% better than the similar Volkswagen ID.4 upon which the Enyaq is based.

Skoda Enyaq highlights

  • Excellent range
  • Easy to drive
  • Roomy inside with huge boot
  • Lots of tech
  • Affordable against rivals

Skoda Enyaq lowlights

  • Slightly light steering
  • Poor roads emphasise weight
  • Visually not that special looking
  • Is the cost of the bigger battery really worth it?

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £32,010 on-road*
* includes £2,500 plug-in car grant

Launched: Summer 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: April 2021

84%

ADULT OCCUPANT

89%

CHILD OCCUPANT

71%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

82%

SAFETY ASSIST

The Skoda Enyaq was tested in 2021 on its launch, gaining a five-star Euro NCAP rating. Testers praised the robust structure to protect occupants and the high-voltage battery, and the plentiful airbags, the car achieving over 90% for adult occupant protection and high scores too for protection of children and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Skoda Enyaq has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the Enyaq is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here. As an electric vehicle, it’s likely to get an excellent grade if/when it happens.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Enyaq has received

2021

  • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Large Electric SUV
  • Parkers New Car AwardsCar of the Year + Best Large Electric Car

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Skoda Enyaq, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi Q4 e-tron | BMW iX3 | Ford Mustang Mach-E | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Kia e-Niro | Mercedes-Benz EQA | Polestar 2 | Tesla Model Y | Volkswagen ID.4 | Volvo XC40 Recharge

Several buyers could compare the Skoda Enyaq to ‘traditional’ SUVs and against these it scores very highly – it could just justify finding the extra money to go electric. There are not that many full-electric rivals just yet and some of the closest are executive cars with prices to suit, such as the Polestar 2 and Audi Q4 e-tron, where you pay for the badge-upmanship. As for a direct rival, that will be the Volkswagen ID.4, effectively the same car.

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