Skoda Enyaq iV SUV - Interior & comfort
Plush and eco-conscious materials give the Enyaq iV a relaxing atmosphere
Skoda has ushered in a new method for choosing the Enyaq iV, because you first pick the battery size, followed by an interior theme: Loft, Lodge, Lounge, Suite, EcoSuite or SportLine.
Thanks to its electric powertrain, the Enyaq iV is the quietest Skoda we've ever driven but it isn't the smoothest. Wheels span up to 21-inches in diameter, and the 20-inch items fitted to our test car resulted in a fairly firm ride, which is especially noticeable at town speeds. It does improve at higher speeds and the optional adaptive suspension dampers do seem to help make the ride more comfortable. The 80x SportLine model offers a slightly better ride at low speeds, even without the adaptive dampers.
Skoda Enyaq iV dashboard
Regardless of which theme you go for, the Enyaq iV has a spacious interior, with plenty of high-quality materials on display. It also gets a widescreen infotainment display as standard, which takes care of almost every function, including the climate control. The latter will be a step too far for some but there are at least piano-style buttons to get straight to key functions.
No Enyaq iV is going to feel too basic, with even the entry-level version coming with 19-inch alloy wheels, the 13-inch display, sat nav (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, rear parking sensors and interior ambient lighting.
Pick the 80 version instead, with a larger battery, and Skoda adds front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a heated steering wheel, along with exterior chrome trim to help distinguish it. SportLine versions get a more aggressive makeover, similar in style to Audi S line models. They sit slightly closer to the ground, on large 20-inch alloy wheels, and feature black exterior trim and matrix LED headlights.
Meanwhile, the Loft theme combines grey and black fabrics and artificial leather, while Lodge uses seat covers with 40% natural wool and 60% polyester from recycled bottles. Suite ups the use of leather upholstery. Lounge introduces a microfibre suede with anodised metal trim inserts, while EcoSuite is fitted with leather seats tanned using olives from sustainable trees. These themes only vary in cost by a few hundred pounds, so it’s a case of picking the one you like most for the majority of buyers.
There may only be a limited number of powertrains available for the Enyaq iV but Skoda hasn't held back on letting buyers personalise their car. There are no less than 11 equipment packs, ranging from the Infotainment Package Plus (which adds a head-up display) to a Drive Sport pack that adds a three-spoke heated steering wheel, drive mode selection and progressive steering.
There's also a host of individual options, ranging from practical features like the ability to charge more quickly or add a tow bar, to styling decisions such as adding different alloy wheels or paint finishes.
The Skoda’s screen is crisp but it does take a little getting used to. Some features are buried within submenus, and we’d prefer to use dials rather than the screen to change the temperature. If you’re a tech lover, it’s worth checking out the Hyundai Ioniq 5.