Model tested: Enyaq iV 80 Lounge
Price as tested: £45,725
Electric motor/s: Synchronous permanent magnet
Drive battery: 82kWh (77kWh usable) lithium ion
Driveline layout: Rear motor, rear-wheel drive
Enyaq iV 80 Lounge
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Synchronous permanent magnet
82kWh (77kWh usable) lithium ion
Rear motor, rear-wheel drive
Shared platforms for internal-combustion-engined cars have been around for a while now, but with no brand-exclusive engine and gearbox to make up the difference, it’s now even more of a challenge than before to make a distinctive electric car out of that same playset. We’ve already seen what Audi and Volkswagen have come up with, in the form of the Q4 E-tron and ID 4 respectively, the former of which we tested a few weeks ago. Now it’s the turn of Skoda’s entry, with the Enyaq iV.
Skoda is supposed to be the more value-conscious brand of the three, but recently it has been challenging the age-old VW Group hierarchy. Only 10 years ago it was generally obvious that Skodas were the cheaper, often extra-practical alternatives to Volkswagens; today’s Skodas occasionally eclipse their German cousins with a high-quality but pleasingly no-nonsense approach. This week we’ll find out whether the Enyaq continues that into the pure-electric era.
The Enyaq iV line-up at a glance
Skoda offers a choice of two battery sizes in the UK: the 58kWh 60 model and the 77kWh 80. An even smaller 50 exists but isn’t available over here at the moment. With Sportline models, you can add a front motor for extra power and all-wheel drive. In lieu of trim levels, Skoda offers interior design themes (Loft, Lodge, Lounge, Suite and EcoSuite) and a selection of other option packages. Details of the range-topping vRS with 302bhp and all-wheel drive are to be announced soon.