Of more interest to punters pondering a switch in motive power is how far each car will travel on a charge. Ah yes, the thorny subject of range. How did we get so far into an EV test without broaching it? Well, the truth is that for most people most of the time, it won’t really be an issue with either contender. Assuming you can charge at home with a wallbox (frankly, you shouldn’t be considering an electric car if you can’t do this), you’ll be able to undertake most journeys without ever troubling the public charging network, which at the moment is arguably a good thing.
Yes, the Skoda claims to stretch the energy in its lithium ion cells further, at 331 miles, but there’s not much in it and both will deliver a real-world range of well over 200 miles on an optimum 80% charge.
As an example, our Skoda made its way down to the Birmingham photo location from Leeds, while I drove the Hyundai from Hertfordshire. Both of us stopped en route for a 45-minute DC splash and dash, leaving us with a good 100 miles or so in reserve once we had returned home at the end of the day. Yes, it was more inconvenient than an ICE car, but not by much, and with better planning we could both have probably completed the 200-odd mile hop there and back without stopping.
If anything, the Enyaq has a little more range resilience, its distance-to-empty figure less bothered by sudden spurts of acceleration, air-conditioning use and driver mode. Yet the Hyundai hits back with its ready-to-run 350kW charging capability (80% charge in less than 20 minutes, if you can find the right charger), while the Skoda runs at 50kW maximum as standard, with an 125kW upgrade costing an extra £440, bringing that 80% time to a shade under 40 minutes.
So both are capable and usable EVs that will allow most people to ditch their piston-engined family hack without a backward glance or any meaningful change in driving habits, but which one gets the nod?
Well, the Enyaq certainly earned our respect and it’s currently the most convincing of the VW MEB siblings. It’s not the most adventurous to look at or sit in, but the reassuring familiarity makes it a less onerous proposition for those still undecided whether to ditch fossil fuels in favour of fast charging. It’s a thoroughly sensible choice and good value on the face of it, but one that does feel rather like the car as a consumer durable.