Volkswagen is now as committed to electric vehicles as ever, with the CEO promising to catch up with Tesla. One of its brands, Skoda, has just released the Skoda Enyaq IV, and in this article, we bring you details of what the EV has to offer. The lowest Enyaq starts from around £32,000.
The driving range is one of the most important features because it affects the basic function of the car. The Skoda Enyaq is offered in two battery configurations, the 55 kWh and 77 kWh, stowed away under the car floor. The smaller pack will net you 210 miles on a single charge, but if you need more, the 77 kWh pack delivers 320 miles, according to WLTP. It is not impossible to get more range out of these batteries, depending on the driving conditions.
Skoda limited the AC charging to 11 kW when you are on a three-phase connection. If you have a single-phase supply, you are limited to 7.4 kW. This means you need at most about ten hours to charge to 100 percent.
DC charging can go as high as 125 kW as an added upgrade. But the smaller battery configuration is limited to a maximum of 100 kW. For either pack, the standard is 50 kW
The performance of the Enyaq depends on the configuration you opt for. However, for the RS version, you get an all-wheel drive that produces 225 kW of power and 339 lb-ft of torque. This gives a top speed of 112 mph. If you ever need to leave a place in a hurry, you can count on its capacity to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.
Since Skoda is part of the Volkswagen group, it has built the Enyaq on the MEB platform for electric vehicles. It is modular and can support different types of cars. Volkswagen plans to use it for many of its future electric models across all its brands like Audi and Volkswagen branded cars.
Inside the Enyaq, Skoda has tried to be as creative as possible, but thankfully, most of the effort is practical. For example, you would find smartphone pockets inside the seatback pockets. There are recesses for umbrellas inside the doors, reminiscent of a certain luxury car. You also get foldable tables behind the front seats for when you need to eat in the back seat.
Thanks to the compact platform the Enyaq is based on, there is plenty of room inside, including legroom and headroom. You can bring as much cargo as you want with the 585 liters boot. Crash down the backseat, and the cargo space increases to 1710 liters.
As is common these days, there is a touchscreen center console to access different settings and control multimedia. The infotainment system integrates both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Due to its ownership structure, it is not surprising to see more than a bit of resemblance to the Audi Q4 e-tron. But it manages to retain its identity visually. Oddly, Skoda has included a grille that does not do grille functions, but that might have been an attempt to keep it as similar as possible to its ICE siblings.
This SUV is 4.7 m long, but there is no front trunk as many would have expected from an electric car.