Skoda Enyaq: new Coupe and vRS variants revealed

Published: 31 January 2022

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Skoda’s Enyaq range has expanded massively. As well as the standard SUV, the brand has revealed the Enyaq Coupe and the awaited Enyaq vRS.

The coupe variant adds another choice to the mix for EV buyers, effectively acting like the VW ID.5 against the ID.4. And, much like VW, the Enyaq’s vRS variant is very much like its GTX model. But more on those later.

We’ve already driven the Enyaq Coupe it in prototype form, and the rest of the Enyaq Coupe’s blanks are easy to fill in – it’s be effectively the same car as the regular one, albeit with a mildly tweaked design. Skoda points to the tailgate having a ‘sharp tear-off edge’ with a lower roofline featuring. Large wheels also feature, and the illuminated grille you see on the front end can be had as an option on both the SUV and Coupe. It’s standard on the Enyaq Coupe vRS.

enyaq coupe front

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 gives established volume EVs – such as the Kia e-Niro, Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model 3 – a run for their money. We like it a lot, as do our friends over at Parkers – it’s the team’s 2022 Car of the Year. With the coupe and vRS versions, that only adds to the appeal.

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.

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 sits 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.

enyaq interior

In Skoda’s case, there’s a 62kWh or 82kWh battery pack available for the standard Enyaq, with the 82kWh pack being the sole power source for the Enyaq Coupe. 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 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 255 miles.

The next rung on the latter is the iV 80 (available in regular SUV or Coupe form), with a more powerful 201bhp electric motor good for 0-62 in 8.5 seconds and an impressive range of 336 miles (339 miles for the Coupe). The 80x recently joined the range, adding all-wheel drive, courtesy of another electric motor bringing total power output to 261bhp and bringing 0-62mph down to just 6.9 seconds, with a claimed range of 285 miles.

enyaq vrs side

The vRS version, debuting as a Coupe model first, has 295bhp available from its twin e-motors, accelerating to 62mph in 6.5 seconds. All models are limited to a top speed of 99mph, apart from the vRS, which has a higher limit of 111mph.

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 130 LEDs illuminating its vertical slats. It’s an option for both the regular SUV and Coupe model, and standard on the vRS.

enyaq vrs grille

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 a Skoda Enyaq?

The range kicks off at £34,850 for a iV 60 SUV.

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. A further £1,340 upgrades it to ‘Suite’ specification, adding full leather trim and piano black décor, or £1,600 for EcoSuite with brown leather. Or, pay £1,165 and go instead for ‘Lounge’, with light grey leather and mustard yellow stitching. Enyaq iV 80 models start from £40,130, and 80x versions start at £47,035.

As for Enyaq Coupe and vRS prices, we’ll have to wait a little while for now.

enyaq coupe rear static

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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