With costs beginning at £32,00 it undercuts the VW ID4, which has the identical underpinnings however is much less roomy, being seven cms shorter.
There’s a actual premium really feel to the roomy cabin of the Enyaq. My high-spec check automobile had vegan leather-based seats and dashboard, a head-up show, 13-inch infotaiment display, voice management and variable ambient lighting.
The premium really feel was spoiled slightly by some scratchy plastics on the doorways however no less than there have been some useful short-cut buttons on the decrease fringe of the sprint, and the gear selector, which is the dimensions and form of a dishwasher pill, is simple and nice to make use of.
There may be loads of area within the rear for six-footers and there are the same old Skoda sensible touches corresponding to an umbrella within the driver’s door, an ice scraper within the tailgate and a plethora of bins and cubbies within the cabin.
The automobile appears to be like fairly imposing, with a excessive stance, LED headlamps and a dummy entrance grille. It’s about the identical measurement as an Audi Q5 and my high-spec check automobile sat on 21-inch rims, though the usual wheel is 19ins.
There’s a alternative of two drivetrains. The Enyaq 60 has a 57kwh battery with a claimed vary of 257 miles and the 80 model with an 77kwh battery has a claimed vary of 333 miles.
Bearing thoughts that EVs endure when the climate will get chilly, I used to be nonetheless shocked to seek out after I charged the battery to 84 per cent, that the vary indicator confirmed solely 186 miles, which might counsel a real-world most of 224 miles. On one other event after a 3.5-mile journey the vary indicator dived by 37 miles.
The 201bhp 80 mannequin prices about £7,000 greater than the 60, and misses out on the £2,500 authorities grant for EVs because it exceeds the £35,000 cut-off level. There isn’t any nice distinction in energy, both, as a result of what you might be paying for is the additional vary.
Some EVs have ludicrous acceleration, which isn’t actually what you want in a household automobile. The Enyaq reaches 60mph from relaxation in 8.5 seconds, which is pitched about proper for a automobile of this kind.
It by no means feels sporty – that’s not what it’s for – however it corners properly sufficient, with little physique roll, has nice steering and a very good lock.
The boot is huge, with 585 litres of cargo area, or 1,710 litres with the rear seats lowered. There are chunky, retractable carrying hooks on each side of the boot, and you’ll decrease the rear seats with handles within the boot on some fashions, though not in my £47,100 check automobile, which surprisingly additionally lacked a powered tailgate.
There may be some cupboard space for cables and so on beneath the boot ground and likewise an area for the boot cowl. However there may be nearly no cupboard space beneath the bonnet, which is full of electrical paraphernalia and the windscreen wash filler cap.
Total, this can be a worthy contender on this hotly contested class. It’s handsome, sensible, simple to drive and undercuts a lot of the opposition. And whereas it incorporates most of the sensible touches for which Skoda is legendary, for £47,000 you’ll count on a powered tailgate.
Coupe and four-wheel-drive variations will comply with later within the 12 months.