Skoda Enyaq electric SUV: no plans for cheaper, smaller-battery versions

Published: 08 September 2020

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Skoda will not offer a smaller-battery version of its new Enyaq all-electric SUV, a board member has confirmed to CAR magazine. There are no plans to fit a lower-capacity battery than the 62kWh version available at launch, according to global sales and marketing chief Alain Favey.  

'We are not planning to have anything smaller than 62kWh in the UK,' he said, arguing that usable range was a key requirement for a family car of this ilk. Don't go expecting entry-level prices to drop much on this model then.

The Skoda Enyaq is the Czech brand's second battery electric vehicle (BEV), and the first to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric vehicle platform. On paper, the Enyaq promises a complete EV package – with a desirable SUV bodyshell, low starting price, long range, fast charging, and the practicality and clever touches that Skoda owners love.

With the basic model coming in at a snip above £30,000 after the government’s plug-in car grant yet offering a claimed 242 miles of range on a single charge, the Enyaq could give established volume EVs – such as the Kia e-Niro, Nissan Leaf or, dare we say, the Tesla Model 3 – a run for their money.

Skoda Enyaq iV rear

It’ll also provide plenty of competition for its in-house rivals, sister brand Volkswagen’s ID.3 hatch and ID.4 SUV.

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What’s with the name?

It’s the usual marketing bumpf, but it does make sense. Somewhat. The Enyaq name is derived from the Irish words Eithne and Enya, meaning source of life. Apt, as this SUV is the pioneer of Skoda’s all-electric line-up.

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The Q is adopted from existing Skoda SUVs – Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq – but it starts with an E, because, well, electric.

Fair enough. So what does it come with battery-wise?

The Enyaq will sit on the VW Group’s MEB platform. Also known as the Modular Electrification Toolkit, this collection of components will underpin just about every new EV any of the Volkswagen Group brands make.

Skoda Enyaq iV front

In Skoda’s case, it’s opted for a choice of two battery packs, 62kWh or 82kWh in capacity.

The base 62kWh model – named the Enyaq iV 60 – pairs that battery with a 178bhp electric motor and rear-wheel drive. That’s good for 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, and a WLTP combined range of 242 miles.

The next rung on the latter is the iV 80, with a more powerful 201bhp electric motor good for 0-62 in 8.5 seconds and an impressive range of 316 miles.

Later on, two further models will join the range. The iV 80x gains all-wheel drive, courtesy of another electric motor bringing total power output to 261bhp and bringing 0-62mph down to just 6.9 seconds. The vRS performance model, meanwhile, ups that once more to 302bhp. It’ll do 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds. Both of these models have a WLTP range of 285 miles.

All models are limited to a top speed of 99mph, apart from the vRS, which has a higher limit of 111mph.

Skoda Enyaq iV grille

Rapid charging with a 50kW charge rate is standard – but customers will be able to spec higher 100kW or 125kW charge rates as options. The highest of these should mean a 10% to 80% charge in just 38 minutes.

Skoda’s gone a bit BMW with that grille…

That crystalline motif Skoda’s been sneaking into its headlights of late? It comes to a head with the Enyaq. The car’s overall shape is very familiar – it looks rather like a Karoq with a more upright tailgate and larger wheels – but with a blank canvas to play with at the front, the Enyaq’s designers have gone a bit mad with the grille.

It’s larger than ever, with a surround that joins the headlights at either end, and all but the base model will enjoy 130 LEDs illuminating its vertical slats. It’s undeniably effective, though luckily it’s limited to just top-end Founder’s Edition models. A slightly less obnoxious option will be available if customers want it – the basic car gets a plain, yet much more attractive alternative.

Skoda Enyaq iV interior

The interior’s very much a step forward as well, taking the new button-lite environment found in the latest Octavia and stepping it up with a massive, 13.0-inch touchscreen dominating the centre console.

Like the Octavia, the Enyaq looks to be immensely practical. There’s a massive, 585-litre load bay, and the back seat looks very spacious – if a bit compromised by the high floor.

The Skoda digital assistant, Laura, is present and correct, as are a digital dashboard, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a companion app capable of remotely scheduling charging or pre-conditioning the climate control. Fairly standard stuff.

How much is it going to cost?

Skoda’s revealed UK pricing so far for the iV 60 and iV 80 in their rear-wheel drive forms. Rather excitingly, the range kicks off at just £30,450 after the £3,000 plug-in car grant.

That price nets you an iV 60 with ‘Loft’ interior spec – bringing that massive screen, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and keyless start, over fabric and artificial leather seats with brushed aluminium trim inserts.

Skoda Enyaq iV infotainment

A further £1,285 upgrades it to ‘Suite’ specification, adding full leather trim and piano black decor. Or, pay £1,115 and go instead for ‘Lounge’, with light grey leather and mustard yellow stitching.

Enyaq iV 80 models start from £35,950 and add front parking sensors and a rear-view camera, plus built-in navigation. The same packs can be applied.

The current range tops off with the 80 Founders Edition, which comes in at £46,995. In addition to the illuminated front grille it features 21-inch alloy wheels, black leather interior trim and 125kW charging as standard.

Order books open soon, and first deliveries are expected in the Spring.

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By Tom Wiltshire

Bauer Automotive staff writer; Cotswoldian, Peugeot enthusiast, SsangYong Turismo apologist

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