Skoda Enyaq iV SUV - Engines, drive & performance

Smooth performance and agile handling, without pinning you in your seat

Carbuyer Rating

4.5 out of 5

Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

Pros

  • Versatile interior
  • Good value
  • Spacious

Cons

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

Some of the pioneering electric SUVs have fostered a reputation for blistering acceleration but unlike a Tesla Model Y or Porsche Taycan, the Enyaq iV offers smooth acceleration on a par with more traditional - and more affordable - models. 

In a departure from the norm for Skoda owners, the Enyaq’s brand new electric platform also means the car is rear-wheel drive - with four-wheel-drive versions coming later. Don't expect any playful overseer; the Enyaq iV feels planted and safe, with accurate steering and grippy tyres. Body lean is minimal and if you need to slow down in a hurry, the brakes offer reassuring stopping power.

Potentially in a bid to ensure new EV owners aren't put off, the regenerative braking effect isn't as strong as in many electric models, but it can be adjusted using steering-wheel paddles to help make driving more efficient. 

Skoda Enyaq iV electric motors

The Enyaq iV 60 has a 177bhp electric motor, sending power to the rear wheels. This can get the car from 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, while its top speed is 99mph. While it has exactly the same amount of pulling power, the Enyaq iV 80 sees power upped to 201bhp, cutting the acceleration benchmark to 8.5 seconds, while its top speed is identical.

EV fans expecting more potent performance will need to wait for the iV 80X version, which will get an additional front motor, making it four-wheel drive and increasing power to 262bhp. Even in this guise, however, the Enyaq iV is unlikely to boast the crazy acceleration of the Tesla Model Y or even the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

The performance difference between the two also isn't particularly noticeable, so we wouldn't spend the extra money for the Enyaq iV 80 just for its extra power. In either guise, the Enyaq iV feels more agile than you may expect, no doubt helped by its low-slung battery, rear-wheel drive and carefully considered weight balance.

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