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Skoda Enyaq iV SUV - Electric motor, drive & performance

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.5 out of 5

Electric motor, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

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 mean’s owners can spec iV 60 and iV 80 models with a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive. An iV 80x model with four-wheel drive was introduced in 2021, featuring a dual-motor powertrain driving both the front and rear axles.

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.

Don't expect any playful oversteer; 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. It feels good to drive in an assured way.

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.

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.

Whichever version you choose, the rear-wheel drive Enyaq variants offer adequate performance, even if it might not feel as quick as you’d expect for an electric car. The single electric motor has enough pulling power to ensure getting up to speed is easy. When accelerating in town or on a motorway, it’s capable of delivering a decent surge of power, which makes it very relaxing to drive.

EV fans wanting more potent performance will want the iV 80X version, which has an additional front motor, making it four-wheel drive and increasing power to 262bhp. Even in this guise, however, the Enyaq iV manages 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, meaning it falls short of the crazy acceleration of the Tesla Model Y or the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

The Enyaq’s handling benefits from the position of the battery, which is mounted in the floor of the car. This keeps the centre of gravity low and helps the Enyaq hide its weight reasonably well, with better steering and less body lean than a Skoda Karoq. Fast direction changes aren’t really the Enyaq’s calling card, even in the 80x, but this is a two-tonne family SUV after all.

While extra weight normally affects comfort, the Enyaq’s standard suspension setup demonstrated good body control at speed and smoothed out poor road surfaces, making the car comfortable on the move. Buyers can fit optional adaptive suspension but we found this setup generally made the ride slightly firmer, so the standard suspension will be a better bet for most buyers.

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