Skoda Enyaq iV electric SUV gets 2022 updates with faster charging
The Skoda Enyaq's upgrades include faster charging speeds, more assistance technology and a battery care mode, which will help extend the life of the cells
Skoda has made a few revisions to the Enyaq iV line-up for 2022, which promise to make the EV more comfortable to live with. Improvements include extra safety technology, more convenience features and support for faster charging speeds across the line-up. Prices start from £34,850 for the Enyaq iV 60 and £39,465 for the long-range Enyaq iV 80.
The biggest update for the 2022 model year Enyaq is Skoda’s charging system tweak. Now, the entry-level Enyaq iV 60 can accept charging speeds of up to 120kW, which is quite a big improvement over the old model’s 100kW system. The range-topping Enyaq iV 80’s charging architecture has also been cranked up from 125kW to 135kW. This follows an update in December 2021 that made DC charging standard, boosting the Enyaq 80 model’s charging capacity from 50kW to 125kW. This means that the Enyaq has substantially upped its game in recent months.
The new electrical system has made a noticeable improvement to the Enyaq’s charging speeds. For reference, it used to take 38 minutes of 125kW charging to top the iV 80’s battery up to 80 percent, but Skoda’s new 135kW system has cut that down to 29 minutes.
To complement the improved charging systems, Skoda has introduced a new battery care mode on the Enyaq. It sets the battery to its optimum temperature before the car reaches a charging station, which the company says will help extend the life of the battery. The system is controlled through a new menu on the car’s infotainment system.
Buyers will have access to a little more data from the car’s infotainment system, too. Now, the sat-nav system will display the estimated battery’s remaining range on arrival when a route is programmed, which Skoda says will make it easier for drivers to plan charging stops.
There’s some extra driver assistance technology as well, the most interesting of which is a new “Traction Mode” setting for the dual-motor, four-wheel drive Enyaq iV 80x. Skoda says the system automatically manages the amount of torque that goes to the front and rear electric axles to maximise the amount of grip in slippery conditions.
Skoda’s Assisted Drive Package Plus (which bundles a range of assistance technology, such as adaptive cruise control and lane assist, into one package) has also received an update. The firm’s semi-autonomous Travel Assist function now comes with a new Narrow Lane Assist setting, which can recognise temporary lane markings on a motorway.
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