Skoda Enyaq iV SUV - Range, charging & running costs
Up to 333 miles is impressive but higher charging speed costs extra
Skoda has long been famed for the excellent value offered by its cars and the Enyaq iV appears to continue this tradition, up to a point. The entry-level version costs around £2,500 less than a Peugeot e-2008, despite the French model’s smaller overall size and battery capacity.
While every 62kWh battery version of the Enyaq iV qualifies for the £2,500 government plug-in car grant, stepping up to the 82kWh battery pushes the Skoda beyond the grant’s threshold of £35,000, resulting in a jump in price of around £7,000. The top-spec 80x SportLine model costs over £46,500; our test car was £50,000 including the price of options.
Skoda Enyaq iV range & charging
The biggest decision facing Enyaq iV buyers is which battery size to choose, because it not only affects the Skoda's price, but also how far it can go between charges and how fast it can be charged.
With a 62kWh capacity (58kWh usable), the smaller battery offers a range of up to 256 miles, with a standard 50kW charging speed at public rapid charging stations. Its charging capability can be upgraded to 100kW as an option. This places this version of the Enyaq between the small and large battery versions of the Hyundai Kona Electric and ahead of the Peugeot e-2008, with its 206-mile range.
Considering it qualifies for the government grant and that the average UK driver (covering around 12,000 miles) should only need to charge this Enyaq iV around once a week, this version is our pick. A full charge using a 7.2kW home wallbox takes around 9.5 hours.
If you do regularly drive further afield, there's also the 82kWh version (77kWh usable) that extends the Enyaq’s range to 327-333 miles, depending on trim level. This model also comes with 50kW charging as standard but if you choose to upgrade, its maximum charging speed also improves slightly to 125kW. However, until the charging infrastructure improves to the point where more rapid chargers are available, this is unlikely to be a major benefit. A full home charge using a 7.4kW wallbox takes 13 hours, and a cable for home charging comes as standard with both the 60 and 80.
In iV 80x guise, the Enyaq gains a second electric motor that drives the front axle. It’s only available in the range-topping SportLine trim and reduces overall range to 303 miles. This model also gets upgraded charging speeds as standard, with 125kW rapid charging capability, which means a 0-80% top-up takes around 40 minutes when connected to a fast charger. Charging via a 7.4kW home or office wallbox takes around 13 hours.
When we tested the Enyaq iV in colder weather, the 60 and 80 versions displayed a predicted range of 165 miles and 210 miles respectively, which is significantly less than advertised. When it was warmer, the single-motor 80 model indicated that around 280 to 290 miles of range was possible.
While the Enyaq does get closer to its official range when it’s warm, it’s useful to know that buyers can have a heat pump fitted to the car as an option to help keep the battery at its optimal operating temperature in cold weather (helping to improve the range in winter). It costs around £1,000.
Electric SUVs tend to sit in higher insurance groups than their petrol or diesel counterparts but the Enyaq iV fares better here than some. From the entry-level model to the Enyaq iV 80 SportLine, groups span from 23 to 27 out of 50.
Like every Skoda model, the Skoda Enyaq iV is covered by a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, whichever comes first. This is the same as Volkswagen and Ford but is not as compelling as the five years or even longer provided by the likes of Hyundai, Toyota and Kia. One difference here is that the battery gets a longer, eight year or 100,000-mile warranty, protecting it against damage or a reduction in capacity to below 70%.
Electric cars should require less maintenance, thanks to fewer moving parts, no reliance on engine oil and the complete absence of consumables like spark plugs. As a result, the Enyaq iV only needs to visit the dealership every two years, for an inspection, a new pollen filter and brake fluid.