Skoda launches the new Enqaq iV electric SUV

Prices in the UK will start from less than £34,000.

Skoda’s new Enqaq iV electric SUV is their first model to be based on Volkswagen’s MEB modular platform, and prices in the UK will start from less than £34,000. A more expensive Founders Edition and a hot vRS iV will follow next year.

Skoda’s entry-level offering is the 60 iV with a 177bhp output and a range of 242 miles, and is available only with two-wheel drive with a single motor mounted on the rear axle.

Mike Brewer Motoring - Skoda Electric SUV

The same applies to the 80 iV which ups power to 201bhp for a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds and 316 miles of range. The 80x iV comes with four-wheel drive, a motor on each axle and a 262bhp output, while the vRS iV will produce 302bhp – enough for a 0-62mph sprint of 6.2 seconds combined with a 285-mile range.

The 60 iV features a 62kWh battery which accepts 50kW DC charging as standard, with 100kW charging optional. All other versions use a larger 82kWh battery, which with optional 125kW charging can be replenished from 5-80% capacity in around 38 minutes. All models can also be charged from a 7.2kW wall box.

Mike Brewer Motoring - Skoda Electric SUV

Skoda say that the Enyaq is slightly shorter than an Octavia, but that interior space is on a par with its full-size Kodiak SUV. The exterior also benefits from a distinctive appearance that, depending on model, includes an illuminated ‘Crystal Face’ featuring 130 LEDs and an animated Coming/Leaving home function. LED headlights are standard, although these can be upgraded to LED matrix units, while a number of themed option packages will replace traditional trim levels.

Inside, a choice of Design Selection interior packs, including Loft, Lounge and Suite, offer different trims, materials and lighting. A 5.3-inch digital cockpit instrument display is paired with a 13-inch touchscreen incorporating voice control, and the impressive level of connectivity includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink as standard.

Mike Brewer Motoring - Skoda Electric SUV

Buyers will also be able to specify an augmented-reality head-up display. Meanwhile, Skoda say they have developed a number of their Simply Clever features specifically for EVs, including a cleaner for the charging cable, a protective cap for the charging socket and a compartment for the charging cable under the boot floor.

When the Enyaq iV goes on sale in the UK it will be priced from £33,450 for the 60 iV model, with the more powerful 80 iV costing from £38,950. The Founders Edition, which will be limited to just 1895 units, features 21-inch alloy wheels and sustainable leather upholstery, and will cost from £49,995.

 

Mike Brewer Motoring - Skoda Electric SUV

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