Skoda Enyaq iV Review 2023
Skoda Enyaq iV At A Glance
If you've been waiting for an electric car that'll fit in neatly with family life but also won't cost a fortune to buy, the Skoda Enyaq iV could convince you to make the switch. It's the latest model on Volkswagen Group's new electric platform (alongside cars like the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4, Cupra Born and Audi Q4 e-tron) – but, despite being one of the cheapest, it's also one of the most convincing. We'll explain why in our Skoda Enyaq review.
You can buy the Enyaq iV with two different battery sizes: 62kWh (badged the iV 60) or 82kWh (badged the iV 80). While the latter is tempting for its impressive 333-mile electric range, the former can still cover 256 miles. That'll be adequate for a lot of buyers, while the smaller-battery model also qualifies for the government's plug-in car grant. That means prices start from around £32,000 – quite a palatable sum of money for such a usable electric SUV.
All Enyaq iV models are very well equipped, with features including a 13-inch navigation system, 19-inch alloy wheels and rear parking sensors as standard across the range. Buyers can choose from a variety of different interior trims which means you can have fun designing an Enyaq that's quite personal to you.
All Enyaq iV models have just one electric motor powering the rear wheels. More powerful twin-motor versions are on their way, but for now you'll have to make do with brisk rather than breathtaking performance.
It's not as exciting to drive in the same way as a Tesla Model 3 or Ford Mustang Mach-E is, but it's a comfortable choice. Sure, you'll notice the Enyaq's heavy weight on uneven road surfaces (particularly if you opt for bigger alloy wheels), but it's compliant enough that the kids won't be moaning every time you hit a pothole.
It's also pleasingly unintimidating to drive, even if you're a reluctant electric car convert. The only thing that'll take a bit of getting used to is the regenerative braking – but with a bit of practice, this'll actually make your life easier. As soon as you lift off the accelerator, it'll slow down, much like engine-braking in a petrol or diesel car. It's not as severe as in many EVs, though.
All in all, the Skoda Enyaq iV is very competent electric car that could make you think twice about spending a considerable amount more on premium alternatives like the Polestar 2. It's extremely practical, easy to drive and comes with a generous amount of standard equipment. Hang on if you want something a bit more exciting, though, there's a vRS model on its way...