Skoda Enyaq iV: prototype first drive

  • Polished new electric coupe-SUV
  • 332-mile range
  • On sale January 2022

Skoda Enyaq coupe front

Is the Skoda Enyaq iV any good?

We've only driven one version of the coupe (the iV 80) but we'd go ahead and say yes. Mostly because it's remarkably similar to the SUV Enyaq.

Strangely, it's not the coupe shape that's the biggest difference between this and the SUV. It's the thinking behind it.

The Coupe version is aimed squarely at a higher-end audience. You can't spec a base-model car, for instance. And in a world where Brits are obsessive about buying M-Sport, AMG Line, and S-Line, it makes sense.

What's it like inside?

You won't find any interior pictures yet because the car you see here wasn't quite finished.

Nevertheless, the Enyaq Coupe's interior is handsome and airy. The first thing that strikes you when you step in the cabin is the amount of space. There's loads of elbow and head room, for instance.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe doors open

Up front, the infotainment is pared back and very modern. The Coupe will come with Skoda's latest software, so new that it wasn't ready in time for us to test it. Not much is known about it other than it improves charging times.

Look up and you'll notice a huge glass roof. The light coming in makes the Skoda feel huge.

Seating for rear passengers is strong. That huge glass roof doesn't cut into headroom too much either.

Boot space is large, at 570 litres, although the regular Enyaq's measures in at 585 litres. It remains usefully wide and easy to unload into.

What's it like to drive?

Broadly the big coupe is solid and comfortable. There's nothing that will be particularly new or exciting (until the vRS model comes along in 2022) for anyone accustomed to electric driving.

But if electric cars are new to you, you might find the Enyaq Coupe to be quick off the mark. Acceleration is brisk up until 40mph where it begins to tail off.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe side

The steering is neutral, neither particularly heavy nor light. Turning circle is impressive for a car of this size. Brakes are a bit spongy and take a bit of a heave, but you get used to it.

The suspension is soft and it floats along nicely over most surfaces. A fair bit of tyre and road noise at autobahn speed mind you, especially as our test car was riding on 19-inch wheels. Enyaq Coupes will be available with 20 and 21-inch wheels too. We expect cars with bigger wheels to be even louder.

What models and trims are available?

Model Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
Enyaq iV 60
179hp, 310Nm
8.4secs (est)
99mph (est)
Enyaq iV 80
204hp, 310Nm 8.2secs (est)
99mph (est)
Enyaq iV 80x (all-wheel drive)
262hp, 425Nm tbc
tbc


You'll be able to choose from Loft, Suite, Lounge, Ecosuite, and Sportline trims. More of which can be read about here.

Should you buy one?

If you're wedded to the idea of having an electric family car that's just a bit flashier than the ordinary, the Enyaq Coupe seems like a good idea.

Full prices are yet to be announced, but expect it to cost around £1,500 more than the regular Enyaq.

For many people after the biggest and best, the 300hp vRS will be a tempting buy. We'll let you know more once we drive it.

What we like?

The coupe shape might be a bit of a niche, but it looks suitably different enough without compromising on practicality.

Ride is pliant and pillowy. Exactly what you're after.

What we don't like

Infotainment is fiddly. Irritatingly confusing when you just want to turn the fan down.

Road noise is harsh at motorway speeds.

Further reading

>> Best electric cars to buy in the UK
>> Best SUVs 2021
>> Best small SUVs 2021
>> Used Skodas for sale

Skoda Enyaq Coupe rear tracking