After a rather exhausting teaser campaign, Skoda’s first electric SUV has finally arrived. Essentially a sister model of the future Volkswagen ID.4, the family-oriented EV is the brand’s first model to run on the MEB platform dedicated exclusively to zero-emission vehicles. It serves as the company’s second electric model after the Citigoe iV and aims to capitalize on the crossbreeding boom.
While the design inside and out comes as no surprise, with all the images released in previous weeks, the Enyaq iV has a feature we didn’t expect: an illuminated grille. Standard on the performance RS version and the Limited Edition Founders Edition, the illuminated grille features 130 LEDs and incorporates the 2019 Vision iV concept that gave a preview of the production model.
Speaking of sports, the Enyaq RS iV effectively becomes the most powerful production Skoda of all time thanks to dual electric motors delivering a combined output of 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and 460 Newton-meters (340 pound-feet). instant torque. It travels from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds and peaks at 180 km / h.
Available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Skoda Enyaq has been developed with a choice of three battery sizes (55 kWh, 62 kWh, 82 kWh) and five horsepower (146 hp, 177 hp, 201 hp, 261 hp, 302 ch). Range varies depending on battery and RWD or AWD model, but even the base model can travel 340 kilometers (211 miles) between charges. If you want the longest range available, the single-engine rear-wheel drive Enyaq iV with the 82 kWh battery will cover up to 510 km (317 miles) through WLTP.
To achieve generous range, Skoda did more than just install a big battery. The sleek shape of the SUV matches a low drag coefficient of 0.27 while the low rolling resistance tires also contribute to efficiency. An optional heat pump for the air conditioner reduces the amount of energy used by the battery to further improve range.
Once you run out of juice, the larger of the three batteries can be recharged from 5 to 80% in 38 minutes with fast charging capabilities of up to 125 kW. Using an AC wallbox up to 11 kW will “fill” the battery between six and eight hours depending on the size of the battery.
Interestingly, the entry-level model comes with 18-inch steel wheels, which is virtually unknown to this day in the SUV segment. All other Enyaq iV versions have alloys up to 21 inches in size and in a variety of designs and colors. The fancy Founders Edition capped at 1895 units to signal the creation of the company 125 years ago has the largest wheels available as well as an assortment of other cosmetic modifications.
In many ways the dashboard design is similar to what you’ll find in the latest Octavia or Scala, but the 13-inch touchscreen is exclusive to Enyaq iV. The electric SUV is also the first Skoda to boast a head-up display with augmented reality technology and also the first to support remote-controlled parking. Speaking of technology, LED headlights and taillights are standard while LED matrix headlights are available at an additional cost.
It wouldn’t be a real Skoda without a generous range of Simply Clever goodies, and the Enyaq iV is packed with cool features. From the electrically retractable tow bar to the umbrellas in the front doors, the electric SUV has all kinds of practical items. The power tailgate provides access to an adjustable false boot floor for greater loading versatility, while the ice scraper inside the tailgate has an integrated tread depth gauge.
Skoda is already accepting pre-orders for the Enyaq iV in all trim levels, but deliveries to Founders Edition customers in honor of founding company members Václav Laurin and Václav Klement will not begin until later in 2021.