Skoda Enyaq iV Review 2022

Skoda Enyaq iV At A Glance

5/5
Honest John Overall Rating
Skoda's practical family car ticks all the boxes. It's affordable, cheap to run and doesn't feel like a budget option. Does it have to look so bland, though?

+Affordable electric SUV with a range of up to 333 miles. Extremely practical with more boot space than other EVs. Easy to drive. Well-equipped.

-Not going to impress your neighbours as much as a Polestar 2 or Audi Q4 e-tron.

New prices start from £34,495

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...

Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Skoda Enyaq review. If you're looking for something a little more stylish, then take a look at our Skoda Enyaq Coupe review.  

Ask Honest John

Skoda Enyaq - what is its ground clearance?
"I live down an uneven farm track and want to buy an electric car - maybe Skoda Enyaq. Do you have any idea what its clearance is like ?"
The Skoda Enyaq iV has a ground clearance of 186mm which is similar to a conventional mid-size SUV like the Nissan Qashqai. It's not a true off-roader but should cope with an uneven farm track.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best electric car with a big boot?
"I am ready to change my now 12-year-old BMW 520d Touring for a new car. I have owned my BMW from new and have been delighted with it, but my annual mileage has dropped below 10,000 miles a year following retirement. I am wondering if now is a good time to switch to an EV. I have a budget of £50,000 to spend but the replacement car must have similar boot space to my BMW 5 Series estate. The only car I have found with a comparable boot to date is the Skoda Enyaq. Any there any other EVs I should consider?"
The Skoda Enyaq iV sounds like your best option. It's a very practical electric vehicle that represents excellent value for money alongside premium competitors. As an alternative, take a look at the Hyundai Ioniq 5. It's not quite as versatile as the Enyaq, but it's quite a big car which translates into a lot of interior space. You could also look at the Mercedes EQB – although it's pricier and not as practical as the Skoda.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best EV on sale right now for range and boot space?
"I am interested in purchasing an electric car; however, I don't know where to start. Can you help me please? I'd like a car that has good range, like the Kia e-Niro and a large boot for the shopping, too. What do you recommend?"
A Kia e-Niro is a strong start. It's a practical choice with a very useable range. We'd also recommend the slightly bigger Skoda Enyaq iV – it's one of our favourite electric cars with an excellent cabin. You could also consider the Kia EV6 or Hyundai Ioniq 5. The MG ZS EV is worth a look, too – it's a budget choice but very impressive for the money.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Should I buy an electric automatic SUV now?
"I have had three Skoda Yeti petrol 4wd (currently L&K 1.4 TSI) and have liked them very much. The time is nearing, however, when I will be looking for an automatic all electric SUV with similar qualities to the Yeti. I understand that Toyota is launching something which sounds promising but I cannot find any reviews. Should I wait for a year or so until there is more choice for a budget of about £35,000 and the charging infrastructure is more developed? I'm happy to wait if there is something good on the horizon."
I think you might be referring to the Toyota bZ4X: https://www.toyota.co.uk/world-of-toyota/bz4x/ We've yet to drive it, so can't really offer an opinion. In meantime, we would recommend the Skoda Enyaq. It's comfortable, easy to drive, practical and keenly priced – you'll pick up a new model on your budget. Or wait a year and make a significant saving. The infrastructure depends a lot on where you live. In London, there a lots of chargers which makes running an EV a relatively pain-free experience. Other areas won't be so well catered for so it's worth doing your research. Having somewhere to charge the car at home makes a big difference – it's more convenient but will also save you money compared to using a public charger – you can't beat having a full charge every time you leave the house. If you do regular longer journeys – over 150 miles, say – I would research what chargers would be available on your route. The longer you leave your switch to a BEV in most cases, the better the infrastructure will be.
Answered by Russell Campbell
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