Skoda’s first all-electric vehicle seems like a complete package

After a long wait, the Skoda Enyaq iV is finally here. The company has revealed its first all-electric SUV. The Enyaq draws inspiration from the Skoda Vision iV concept. The latter had an SUV-Coupe like body style, but the Enyaq will be a traditional SUV. It is also the company’s first vehicle that’s underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB architecture. Everything on the Enyaq iV seems top-notch in terms of quality and design. In fact, the electric SUV also holds the record for being the most powerful Skoda ever built! Although it seems very impressive as of now, will it be able to draw volumes for the Czech automaker?

Skoda Enyaq iV Powertrain and Battery

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The Skoda Enyaq iV is offered with a wide variety of motor-horsepower-battery combinations. In total, it will be offered with five power outputs, two motor setups, and three different battery sizes.

Of the five trims on offer, the three entry-level trims will be available with a single motor setup, whereas the top two will have a dual motor setup.

The single motor trims will power the rear wheels, which makes the Enyaq iV the first rear-wheel-drive vehicle from Skoda in almost three decades.

The entry-level ‘50’ trim will come with a single motor setup that makes 146 horses and 162 pound-feet of torque. It takes 11.4 seconds to hit the 62 mph mark from a standstill and has a top speed of 100 mph. This trim will feature a 55 kWh battery pack that boasts a WLTP-rated range of 211 miles.

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Next in line is the ‘60’ trim that also comes with a rear-mounted single motor setup that produces 177 horses and 229 pound-feet of torque. Here, the Enyaq takes 8.7 seconds to sprint to 62 mph and has a top speed of 100 mph. Powering this trim is a 62 kWh battery that comes with a WLTP-rated range of 242 miles.

The mid-trim is called ‘80’ and also features a single electric motor. You have 201 ponies and 229 pound-feet of torque here at your disposal. It is two tenths of a second faster than the ‘60’, touching the 62 mph mark in 8.5 seconds. This also has a top speed of 100 mph and features the same 62 kWh battery pack. However, it offers the best range in the Enyaq iV’s lineup, offering a WLTP-rated range of 317 miles on a full charge. So, if you’re looking for the most-efficient Enyaq, this is the one to go for.

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Next is the ‘80x’ which comes with a dual-motor setup, one mounted on each axle. The 80x develops 261 horses and 313 pound-feet of torque. It gallops to 62 mph from a standstill in 6.9 seconds, but also tops out at 100 mph. Under the floor, however, is a big 82 kWh battery pack that delivers 286 miles according to the WLTP cycle.

Finally, the best that Skoda has to offer on the Enyaq in terms of performance is the ‘RS’. This trim makes 301 ponies and 339 pound-feet of torque, thus making it the most powerful Skoda ever built! It takes the crown from the Octavia vRS, that makes 241 horses and 273 pound-feet of torque. The Enyaq iV RS sprints to the 62 mph mark in 6.2 seconds, making it the quickest Skoda as well. The top speed is rated at 112 mph.

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Coming to the charging aspect, all the trims support 2.3 kW and 7.2 kW AC charging, and 50 kW DC charging. All the trims except the base ‘50’ also support 11 kW AC and 100 kW DC charging. The top three trims – 80, 80x, and RS – also support 125 kW DC fast-charging. This will allow the battery to recuperate from five to 80-percent in just 38 minutes. If you’re using the 11 kW AC wall box, the Enyaq will take six to eight hours to replenish.

Skoda Enyaq iV specifications
Skoda Enyaq iV 50 Skoda Enyaq iV 60 Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Skoda Enyaq iV 80x Skoda Enyaq iV RS
Horsepower 146 HP 177 HP 201 HP 261 HP 301 HP
Torque 162 LB-FT 229 LB-FT 229 LB-FT 313 LB-FT 339 LB-FT
Battery 55 kWh 62 kWh 62 kWh 82 kWh 82 kWh
0 to 62 mph 11.4 seconds 8.7 seconds 8.5 seconds 6.9 seconds 6.2 seconds
Top Speed 100 mph 100 mph 100 mph 100 mph 112 mph
Range 211 miles 242 miles 317 miles 286 miles 286 miles

Other Things That Make It Efficient

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The Skoda Enyaq iV boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.27, which is very good for an SUV.

To give you a comparison, the recently unveiled BMW iX3, which comes with a largely-closed kidney grille, 19-inch aero wheels, and sits 0.9 inches lower than the standard X3, manages a drag coefficient of 0.29. So, yes, the Enyaq iV is one of the most aerodynamic SUVs today.

The Enyaq iV can be had with a heat pump as well. A heat pump transfers heat energy from a source of heat into a thermal reservoir. In simple words, it works as an air conditioner, but in reverse. In ACs, the heat is trapped inside an area using a refrigerant and then thrown outside. In the case of a heat pump, it works the same way, but there is a reverse valve that moves the hot air back inside. So, a heat pump doesn’t create heat, per se, it just redirects the heat instead of generating it. It can also produce 3 kW of thermal energy for every 1 kW of electric energy, thus resulting in an efficiency of 300-percent. Since the heat pump uses less energy in heating the cabin, it results in a better range overall.

How Is The Skoda Enyaq iV On The Outside?

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The Skoda Enyaq draws a lot of inspiration from the Vision iV Concept. Looks are subjective, but there’s no denying that the Enyaq iV is a handsome SUV.

The sharp cuts and creases, and the signature Skoda headlights make the Enyaq look smart and sporty. It doesn’t look too futuristic like most of the EVs in the market, but doesn’t look like an internal combustion-engined SUV either. So, a good blend in that aspect. Speaking of its dimensions, the Skoda Enyaq iV measures 183 inches in length, 73.9 inches in width, and 63.6 inches in height. The wheelbase measures a healthy 108.9 inches.

Up front, it features a hexagonal grille with a sculptured chrome frame and crystalline elements. Although it looks like a Skoda itself, the thick area in the middle makes it look like BMW’s kidney grille from some angles. From the ‘80’ trim onwards, the Enyaq comes with illuminated vertical slats on the grille that are made up of 130 LEDs. A light bar also runs across the center that is standard on the RS trim, but is optional on the others. Together with the optional full-LED Matrix headlights, it forms the ‘Crystal Face’. It sounds too bling-y and atrocious, but it looks sweet.

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In the base trim, the Skoda Enyaq iV rides on 18-inch wheels. The other trims can be had with wheels up to 21 inches. A lot of designs are on offer and most of them will please all and offend none. As is with almost every Skoda product, it is very proportionate and doesn’t look “extra”, despite several creases on the side profile. The rear is not as bold and smart as the face, but that doesn’t mean it looks bad. The tailgate is a little too flat for my liking, but certainly not a deal-breaker. The angular taillamps extend to the side of the SUV and can be had in LEDs for extra moolah. The rear windscreen is sharply raked, but the spoiler hides most of it. The Enyaq iV can tow up to 3,086 pounds and it comes with an electrically retractable tow bar.

How Is The Skoda Enyaq iV On The Inside?

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In terms of the layout and cabin arrangement, this isn’t something out-of-the-box. Everything seems familiar. If you’ve been in an Octavia or Scala, this might not intrigue you. Being an EV, there’s oodles of space on the inside. Skoda says it’s almost as good as the seven-seater Kodiaq in this aspect. It comes with a cargo space of 20 cubic-feet with all seats in place. Skoda will be offering 10 interior theme packages to choose from, apart from the various other accessories. Skoda has made use of a lot of sustainable material inside the cabin. The upholstery is made of 40-percent wool and 60-percent of polyester from recycled PET bottles. The seats are also said to maintain temperature, neither too hot nor too cold.

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Technology-wise, Skoda hasn’t gone berserk, but it will still keep the tech-heads happy. The instrument cluster is a 5.3-inch screen that the automaker calls “Digital Cockpit”. It offers four different layouts and can be controlled using the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel. As for the audio system, the base trim comes with four speakers as standard. The rest all receive an eight-speaker setup. The Enyaq can also be had with a 12-speaker CANTON sound system as optional. Skoda also offers two USB-C ports and a 230 Volts socket in the rear.

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There’s also a 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the center console, which is the biggest one to be offered on a Skoda.

Other than the base ‘50’ trim which features a 10-inch screen, all of them are offered with this large touchscreen. It supports wireless SmartLink technology, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink. A wireless charging pad called “Phone Box” is also present in the center console. These are not standard on all the trims, of course. It can be controlled by touch, via a touch slider, by multi‑touch gestures, and with hand movements. Call me old-school, but I prefer at least some buttons and knobs for basic functions. It also has a voice assistant called Laura. Fun fact: Skoda used to have a product called Laura in their portfolio in the past.

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The Enyaq is also the first Skoda to offer a head-up display featuring augmented reality which projects information onto two different areas. One of the best things about the SUV is that even in the base trim, it is fairly loaded. You get stuff like:

  • Dual-zone Climatronic Air Conditioner
  • Multifunction Leather Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Start
  • DAB Digital Radio
  • SmartLink Technology

Skoda Enyaq iV Safety Features

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The Skoda Enyaq iV is undoubtedly a safe SUV and comes with a lot of safety features. Some of these are standard and some optional:

  • Adaptive Lane Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Up to Nine Airbags
  • Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Turn Assist
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Emergency Assist
  • Park Assist

Skoda Enyaq iV ‘Simply Clever’ Features

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Skoda is known to offer nifty features that make its cars stand out from the competition and make the long-term ownership experience a pleasant one. The Enyaq iV is no different and the automaker has offered some here as well, such as:

  • Charging cable cleaner with and a dedicated space under the boot floor where it can be stowed away after use
  • Umbrella in driver’s door
  • Ice scraper with a tire-tread depth gauge inside the tailgate
  • 6.2 liters Jumbo Box under the center armrest
  • 11.4 liters of storage space in a compartment under the center console
  • Sleep package
  • Electrically retractable tow bar
  • Boot nets with a convenient net opening
  • Retractable sun blinds for the rear side windows
  • Electric tailgate with Tip-To-Close function and a virtual pedal
  • Two smartphone storage pockets on the front seatbacks
  • Folding tray tables on the front seatbacks
  • Adjustable false boot floor
  • Ticket holder on the driver’s A-pillar
  • Holders for 1.5-liter bottles in the front and rear doors

Skoda Enyaq iV Founder’s Edition

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The automaker will also offer a ‘Founder’s Edition’, honouring the company’s founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement.

Only 1,895 examples of the Founder’s Edition will be built (Skoda was founded in 1895 as Laurin and Klement), commemorating Skoda’s 125th anniversary. It will available in two engine-battery combinations and two colors. The other stuff that will be offered include:

  • 21-inch wheels
  • Sporty front and rear aprons
  • Crystal face with the illuminated grille
  • ecoSuite Design Selection featuring sustainably tanned leather

The Skoda Enyaq iV Founder’s Edition will be available much later in 2021.

How Much Does The Skoda Enyaq iV Cost?

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The automaker hasn’t revealed the prices yet, but you can expect the Skoda Enyaq iV to be offered with a starting sticker price of around $40,000.

Final Thoughts

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It seems like a very good first attempt at EVs from Skoda. While the product seems complete and will check most of the boxes for every potential customer, it will all boil down to the price. The Enyaq has multiple powertrain options, good performance specs, and smart looks as well. There’s nothing to complain about in the cabin, but Skoda played it smart by offering a lot of optional packages and let the customers customize it as per their liking instead of offering something that will draw polarizing opinions. Also, it brings extra revenue to the company. The Skoda Enyaq iV will go on sale from early 2021. It will be built in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, from late 2020.

Sidd Dhimaan
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