4.6 out of 5 4.6
Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

Skoda's first purpose-designed EV is an excellent, comfortable family SUV

Skoda Enyaq SUV (21 on) - rated 4.6 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £34,850 - £47,035
Lease from new From £412 p/m View lease deals
Used price £28,185 - £43,560
Used monthly cost From £703 per month
Fuel Economy 3.3 - 4.0 miles/kWh
Insurance group 23 - 32 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • EV-specific design makes for roomy interior
  • Claimed battery range of up to 336 miles
  • Good value for money

CONS

  • Acceleration won't blow you away
  • Options can significantly jack up the price
  • If you want a sporty drive, look elsewhere

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Written by Keith Adams on

Is the Skoda Enyaq iV any good?

Skoda's long-awaited Enyaq iV – an all-electric SUV that spearheads the brand’s charge into the world of purpose-built EVs – is on sale and available from your local dealer. And in terms of price, spec, options and range, it's so good, we've named it our Car of The Year 2022.

The Enyaq iV is a large family-sized car that's based on the similarly sized Volkswagen ID.4, yet it features Skoda's value-for-money pricing as well as a more luxurious interior than its Volkswagen cousin. The cars it's up against include the bestselling Kia e-Niro and Mercedes-Benz EQA at one end of the scale to the Mercedes-Benz EQC and forthcoming Tesla Model Y at the other – that comes down to the monthly cost.

It looks good, and although its short-bonnet and long cabin give it unusual proportions compared with a traditional SUV, the shape is smart and looks classy. Combine those factors with a particularly inviting interior that's available in a number of muted colours and trims, and really competitive range between recharges, the Enyaq iV is one of the most appealing electric family cars you can buy right now.

Read the Skoda Enyaq iV verdict

What's it like inside?

Climb aboard and if you've experienced other recent Skodas, you'll feel at home. The Enyaq iV has been inspired by the latest Octavia and that means few physical buttons, with most of the car’s functions operated through an enormous 13.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

There’s also a small yet clear digital instrument display and Skoda’s virtual assistant not to mention wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, you get smartphone app connectivity that allows you to control a number of the car’s key items from the comfort of your own home, such as when to charge or the preconditioning of the climate control.

A very slick head-up display package is available, projecting key driving information straight into the windscreen – in practice, this works very well in conjunction with the in-built sat-nav and adaptive cruise control, relaying instructions naturally in the driver's eyeline.

Read more on the Skoda Enyaq iV interior

What's it like to drive?

Given that it's built for comfort rather than speed, you might come to the conclusion that it's not good to drive – but you'd be wrong. Although the suspension is compliant, it's also well damped so never feels anything other than controlled.

Also, the advantageous weight distribution which places the heavy battery low in the car, means that there's ample grip there when the going gets rough. The steering is also accurate and nicely geared, which makes light of tight city manoeuvres.

Even the 204hp Enyaq iV 80 isn't quick, as performance is hampered by a hefty kerbweight of more than two tonnes. But it's effortless, and that rather suits the character of the car. If you're a long-distance driver, it's worth plumping for the more powerful version because of the extra range that comes with it – but the entry-level Enyaq iV doesn't feel much slower on the road, and will no doubt suit most drivers' needs.

Read more on how the Skoda Enyaq iV drives

What models and trims are available?

The Enyaq range starts at £34,495 before the government’s plug-in car grant of £2,500 has been deducted, and it's only applicable for any Enyaq that comes in at less than £35,000. The model range starts with the Loft and Lodge models, followed by Lounge, Suite and EcoSuite – all are available in 60 and 80 forms (numbers that roughly refer to the battery capacities, detailed below).

Standard price includes rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and keyless start. Buyers can choose to spend an extra £1,115 on the Lounge package, with light grey leather and yellow stitching, or £1,285 for the Suite specification, which brings full leather and piano black decor.

Enyaq iV 80 models with the larger batteries start from £39,350 and add front parking sensors and a rear-view camera as well as built-in navigation. The same Lounge and Suite packages can be applied.

Want something sportier? The Enyaq iV Sportline adds 20-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights, a sportier bodykit and gloss black exterior trim. There's also lowered sports suspension, which adds attitude. We’ll see the vRS added to the range once the twin-motor models come on stream later in 2021.

What else should I know?

The Enyaq iV is available with batteries of either 58kWh (iV 60) or 77kWh (iV 80) capacity. The basic model, badged as iV 60, comes with a 179hp electric motor, giving plenty of performance and a driving range on the WLTP combined cycle of 242 miles. That’s very competitive and will be ample for most buyers.

Step up to the more expensive iV 80 and you’ll enjoy a 204hp electric motor with an even more impressive claimed range of 336 miles. That puts it in the short list of EVs you can buy that can do 300+ miles on a full charge when driven gently – in its price range, that means the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 right now.

Both of these provide effortless performance and are rear-wheel drive. Later on in 2021, a twin-motor four-wheel drive model will become available, as will a hot, range-topping all-electric vRS complete with more aggressive styling.

All Enyaqs can charge at 50kW from a public charging station, but depending on the model it’s possible to specify a faster 100kW or 125kW charger. The fastest of these will allow the Enyaq to go from 10% to 80% charged in just 38 minutes.

Click here to read more about how the Skoda Enyaq iV's running costs and practicality. Click here to skip straight to our final verdict

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