Skoda Enyaq iV on sale now from £31,085

2021 Skoda Enyaq iV order books open; buyers get 7,500 miles of free charging

The Skoda Enyaq iV is available to order in the UK now. Prices start from £31,085 (including the government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant), making the new EV a slightly larger alternative to the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric.

Skoda’s entry-level Enyaq iV 60 Nav is powered by a 62kWh battery pack, which feeds a 178bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle for a 0-62mph time of 8.7 seconds. More importantly, Skoda claims a maximum range of 256 miles, and when connected to a 50kW DC rapid charger its battery takes on an 80 percent charge in as little as 35 minutes.

The more powerful Skoda Enyaq iV 80 is priced from £35,950 and features an 82kWh battery and a 201bhp electric motor. The upgrades boost the SUV’s claimed maximum range to 333 miles and drop its 0-62mph time to 8.5 seconds, although the larger battery pack means an 80 per cent charge increases to around 40 minutes.

Both battery options can also be specified with support for faster DC charging (100kW for the 62kWh battery, 125kW for the 82kWh). Choosing the respective charging improvements bump the car’s price-tag up by £430. 

Skoda says it will take between six and eight hours to charge the battery with a 7kW wallbox.

The Czech brand will also soon expand the Enyaq iV line-up, with a new SportLine trim-level and a 261bhp four-wheel drive variant, dubbed the Enyaq iV 80X. Towards the end of the year, Skoda will also launch the range-topping Enyaq vRS, which will pack a 302bhp twin-motor set-up for a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds.

Skoda Enyaq iV: prices and specs

Skoda has separated the Enyaq iV line-up into five models: Loft, Lodge, Lounge, Suite and ecoSuite. Standard equipment for the base-model includes 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, black roof rails, rear parking sensors and a pair of heated, electrically adjustable folding door mirrors.

Inside, buyers get fabric seat upholstery, dual-zone climate control, LED ambient lighting, an eight-speaker stereo and a 13-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s plenty of standard safety equipment, too, such as autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, cruise control and a speed limiter.

The remaining Enyaq models all feature the same level of standard equipment, with changes limited to interior cosmetics. Lodge models are priced from £31,600 including the government grant and feature natural wool seat upholstery and some extra trim pieces for the dashboard.

Skoda’s Enyaq iV Lounge is priced from £32,200 and receives leather-and-Alcantara upholstery and some anodised trim inserts. Suite cars are priced from £32,370 and feature leather seat covers and piano black dashboard trim. Finally, the £32,625 Skoda Enyaq iV EcoSuite comes with cognac brown leather upholstery.

Buyers can choose to add to the Enyaq’s specification with a host of optional extras, such as 20-inch alloy wheels (£520), electrically adjustable front seats (£865) and Skoda’s improved climate package (£700), which features heated front and rear seats, a heated windscreen, heated washer nozzles and three-zone climate control.

As its name suggests, the £1,215 Skoda Convenience Package Plus has a range of practical add-ons, including a foot-activated electric tailgate, keyless entry and go, wireless charging and a driver monitoring system. Buyers also get rear privacy glass and extra sound deadening.

Skoda Enyaq iV: chassis and platform

The Skoda Enyaq is based on the same MEB platform as the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV. It’s 4,648mm long, which makes it around 50mm shorter than Skoda’s flagship offering, the Kodiaq. But the Enyaq’s wheelbase is 2,765mm, just 26mm shorter than the Kodiaq’s, reflecting how the engineers have reduced the car’s overhangs to help free up extra cabin space.

The Skoda’s styling comes with some interesting additions, such as LED backlighting for the front grille (standard on high-end versions). Eight wheel designs will be offered, ranging from 19 to 21 inches in diameter and, eventually, Skoda’s designers will follow up the standard SUV with a more rakish coupe version.

The regular Enyaq’s boot capacity stands at 585 litres, which is a little up on that of the Skoda Karoq mid-size SUV, and better than the Kia e-Niro’s. The Enyaq is also packed with Skoda’s trademark ‘Simply Clever’ design features, such as a door-housed umbrella and a 12-volt power socket in the boot.

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