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Skoda Enyaq iV SUV review

"The Skoda Enyaq iV is a great all-round EV, offering a decent range, plenty of space and good value”

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Pros

  • Versatile interior
  • Good value
  • Spacious

Cons

  • Firm ride
  • Fastest charging adds cost
  • Cold weather significantly affects range

Verdict - Is the Skoda Enyaq iV a good car?

The Skoda Enyaq iV is the first purpose-built electric model from the Czech brand and despite sharing its 'skateboard' platform with the Volkswagen ID.4, it’s far from a rebadged clone of the VW. Instead, the Enyaq iV has its own unique personality and attributes, making it a family-friendly EV that deserves to be on your shortlist. For most buyers we’d recommend sticking with the more affordable versions because the Enyaq iV vRS, in particular, doesn’t feel different enough to make its £52,000 price tag feel like good value.

Skoda Enyaq iV models, specs and alternatives

The styling is reminiscent of a seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq but one that's spent countless hours in a wind tunnel; it sits lower, has more swept-back headlights and a closed grille to deflect air and reduce drag. There's a clear evolution of the brand’s usual approach inside too, with Skoda passing up the opportunity to use the switch to electric power to reinvent itself. The Enyaq iV has all the practical features that families love, helping set itself apart from rivals like the Volkswagen ID.4, Nissan Ariya and the smaller, but not necessarily cheaper Peugeot e-2008 and Hyundai Kona Electric.

New Skoda EnyaqSkoda makes extensive updates to Enyaq range

A flat floor means passengers have lots of space to stretch out, while also allowing storage cubbies to appear in inventive new places. The electric Skoda also has a very impressive 585-litre boot.

The Enyaq iV 60 is the model with the smaller battery and has a range of around 250 miles, while the larger one in the Enyaq iV 80 extends this to around 340 miles. We think the smaller battery will be the best option for most drivers because a realistic range of around 200 miles should be enough for all but the longest trips, making the entry-level Enyaq iV great value for money. It's also worth noting that Skoda has announced changes to the Enyaq range for 2024, including the deletion of 'iV' from its name, which you can read about separately.

A four-wheel-drive iV 80x was introduced in 2021. It has an electric motor for the front wheels as well as one for the rear wheels, giving it improved performance over the regular versions. The Enyaq is still no sports car with this powertrain, however, and the 80x (only available in top-spec SportLine Plus guise) is rather more expensive than the 60, which makes it seem less worth it for the money. The 80x is officially capable of 317 miles of range between charges, but it’s now been joined by the vRS version with even more power (295bhp versus 261bhp), which makes the 80x feel somewhat redundant in the range.

In May 2023, Skoda announced a top-of-the-line Enyaq Laurin & Klement model, which aside from more upmarket trim and tech features, also has a greater power output. Not only that, but it boasts an increased range of up to 354 miles between charges for the Enyaq L&K 85 rear-wheel drive model, and 342 miles on the L&K 85x four-wheel drive version.

If you do need to drive further afield, iV 60 models can be charged at 120kW, while all 80 models now come with 135kW peak charging speeds as standard.

Depending on which battery is chosen, the car's equipment also changes slightly but is plentiful even as standard. Buyers have the option to change the interior theme but as most of these cost roughly the same, it comes down to personal preference. Needless to say, there's an option for just about everyone, whether you prefer grey and black upholstery or brown artificial leather, tanned sustainably with olives.

A dedicated electric car might seem like a departure for Skoda but the brand's future is in good health if the Enyaq iV is anything to go by. It offers the flexibility, safety and value we've come to expect from Skodas, along with a decent range and impressive new technology.

The Enyaq lineup has been expanded over time with the introduction of a new Enyaq Coupe iV model, and a faster vRS model – Skoda’s first electric vRS. The Coupe gets a swooping roofline over the regular Enyaq iV, and is available with the same trims and powertrains. Despite the sleeker design, it offers 570 litres of boot space, a drop of just 15 litres over the standard car.

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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