Long-term tests

Skoda Enyaq iV 80: long-term test review

First report: the Skoda Enyaq is the Czech manufacturer’s first EV, and it has made a solid start to life on our test fleet

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Verdict

As we expected, Skoda’s first venture into the EV space is both practical and polished. The Enyaq’s option packs aren’t the simplest to work out, but choose wisely and you’ll have a first-rate family electric vehicle on your hands.

  • Mileage: 447
  • Efficiency: 2.9m/kWh

Skoda had never built an electric car from the ground up before so, in theory, the Enyaq could have been an unmitigated disaster. Except the modern car industry doesn’t really work like that – and the Volkswagen Group definitely doesn’t.

This might be Skoda’s first purpose-built EV, but it has the now-ubiquitous VW MEB platform as a foundation, and with it all the other tech we’d already seen in numerous VWs, Audis and SEATs. It’s also a Skoda, so the crisp but conservative design, roomy cabin and “Simply Clever” ice scrapers and umbrellas were expected. The Enyaq is as much of a journey into the unknown as the last time you peered into your fridge, but that’s fine if it does the job.

This, of course, is what we’re here to find out as the Enyaq iV 80 arrives on our test fleet. Are its family car credentials about to be rubber stamped or will it be ushered into an adjoining booth for a full-cavity search?

The entry-level Enyaq iV 60 model, with its 58kWh of usable battery capacity, starts from around £32,000. The car we’re putting through its paces is the 80, which gets a larger 82kWh battery and a starting price of £39,365 before options. It’s also got the £1,570 EcoSuite interior design pack option, which adds Cognac Brown leather, tanned with extracts from olive leaves rather than the usual cocktail of nasty chemicals.

The earthy interior colour scheme won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I must say I like it in combination with the Arctic Silver metallic paint, which despite its name – and like the environmentally friendly processing of the leather – has a hint of green about it.

The options fitted are crucial to the Enyaq, too. Skoda has moved away from traditional trim levels to a series of optional packs; it means that the process of choosing and ordering your Skoda Enyaq can seem a little complex at first, but should give customers more scope for personalisation.

Our car has just under £5,000 worth of optional extras on top of that EcoSuite interior, which is the priciest of five design schemes for the Enyaq cabin. Among the list of five option packs fitted to our car there’s the Assisted Drive Package Basic, which has adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection and other driver aids. The Light and View Package Basic gives you LED matrix headlights with washers, and LED rear lights.

Aside from the packs and paint there are the eye-catching 21-inch alloys and the panoramic sunroof. While the wheels are a questionable selection purely because this Enyaq does seem to ride slightly more firmly than others we’ve tried on more modest rims, the sunroof is a nice touch that adds light and useful ventilation options, even if the gloss-black control panel on the ceiling feels a bit cheap. Young kids will probably appreciate the glass overhead more than the supersized rolling stock underneath. If we were going to add anything from the options list, the £725 Convenience Package Basic offers keyless entry. Without this, our car is in the strange position of having keyless start but not keyless entry.

The Convenience Package Basic also adds extra noise suppression (not that it’s needed), privacy glass and a wireless charging mat. The latter is particularly desirable because the Enyaq has wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so it would mean you’d never have to plug your phone into the car.

All in all, the £46,265 on-the-road price of our Skoda Enyaq gets you a very well appointed family car. Moving away from the on-paper spec to our real-world first impressions, it’s also off to a good start. Build quality inside seems first class and the flat floor courtesy of that MEB platform affords generous amounts of room for five adults. The boot is huge, too, and has a compartment below for the charging cables.

At the moment, the Enyaq’s official WLTP range of 331 miles seems optimistic; we’ve been seeing around 260 miles indicated after a full charge. That aside, the general driving experience has impressed us so far, with the car proving very relaxing to drive and almost silent at low speeds.

Model:Skods Enyaq iV 80
On fleet since:October 2021
Price new:£39,365
Engine:77kWh battery, single electric motor, 201bhp
CO2/tax:0g/km/£0
Options:Metallic paint (£595), 21-inch wheels (£550), EcoSuite Interior design pack (£1,570), Assisted Drive Pack Basic (£685), Light and View pack (£1,115), panoramic sunroof (£815)
Insurance*: Group: 26 Quote: £496
Mileage:447
Efficiency:2.9m/kWh
Any problems?None so far

*Insurance quote from for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three points.

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