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Skoda Enyaq iV review - Range, charging and running costs

With usable, real-world range, competitive insurance costs and strong residual values, the Enyaq iV should prove to be reasonably cheap to run

A practical range is an essential feature for most all-electric cars, but particularly a large, family SUV. Skoda has achieved this, with even the entry-level Enyaq iV 60 capable of a claimed 252 miles from a single charge. The iV 80 model has a WLTP-tested 329 miles of range, while the all-wheel-drive iV 80X SportLine is certified at 312 miles.

In truth, a variety of conditions can affect an EV’s range, from colder weather conditions to which type of road you’re driving on, as well as how much of the car’s tech and electronic systems are in use on the journey. During our own test of an iV 80 model we couldn’t get near the 329-mile claimed maximum, with a (warm weather) figure of 280 miles looking more realistic. 

At least you can trust the Enyaq’s on-board range predictor which, like its Volkswagen Group combustion-engined cousins, is a trustworthy thing and won’t suddenly drop 10 miles of range just because you’re travelling up a slight hill. 

The Enyaq is equipped with a 50kW charging set-up as standard, with the option of upgrading the iV 60 model to 100kW and the iV 80 to 125kW. Using the standard system means charging from 0-80 per cent will take around an hour, while the improved charging options cut this time to 35 minutes and 38 minutes respectively.

Insurance 

The entry-level iV 60 shouldn’t prove too expensive to insure as it sits in group 23. In comparison, the Volkswagen ID.4 base model is in group 22, while the cheapest Kia e-Niro is in group 20.

Moving up the Enyaq range sees the iV 80 in group 26, with the SportLine variant in group 28. The top-spec iV 80X SportLine is in group 32, with the priciest e-Niro and VW ID.4 in group 27 and 36 respectively.

Depreciation

Stylish design, solid engineering and Skoda’s impressive reliability record all contribute to the Enyaq’s solid residual values. Our data suggests that Skoda’s all-electric family SUV should hold onto around 54-55 per cent of its original list price after three-years and 36,000-miles of ownership, while the Ford Mustang Mach-e is on 56-57 per cent and entry-level versions of the Volkswagen ID.4 are at 58 per cent over the same period.

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