New Skoda Enyaq iV review
Based on the same platform as Volkswagen's ID.4, but built with a completely different philosophy. How does Skoda's Enyaq iV stack u
Volkswagen really threw the book out and burnt it with their new electric cars. Both the ID.3 and ID.4 look very different from VW's traditional models, on both the inside and the outside. Skoda on the other hand, decided to stick to their existing design language and to their credit, their current line-up starting with the Kodiaq, all look fantastic, so their decision makes sense.
And so does the newest member of the Skoda SUV family, the Enyaq iV. Slotting in between the Karoq and the Kodiaq in terms of size, it offers more than enough room to be a fantastic family car. With a 585 litre boot, a 1000kg towing capacity and enough room in the second row even for people over 180 cm, you can't fault its practicality. What you also can't fault is the usual suite of Skoda ''Simply clever'' features, such as the windscreen ticket holder, the ice-scraper/tire depth gauge/magnifying glass/ruler combo and of course the two front door mounted umbrellas. With the removal of drivetrain components from the front, there is now a massive cubby area under the center console and combined with a large cubby under the armrest and big door bins, the Enyaq iV is one of the more space efficient cars I've driven. The rear seats fold down with the buttons in the boot and then the car offers 1,710 litres of space. And unlike the ID.4, the boot is covered by a sliding cover, not a rather cheap parcel shelf, so another point goes to Skoda.
When it comes to interior quality, the ID.4 simply cannot compare to the Enyaq iV. For starters, you can get the Enyaq iV outfitted with full leather, which is not an option on the German. The door materials, while very similar to those in the ID.4, have a more interesting texture on them, that just makes the car feel more premium. And it's the same all over the cabin. There is no single area where the Skoda would triumph over the VW, but all the little improvements add up. The Enyaq iV comes with a small screen in front of a driver and optionally a large 13 inch infotainment screen in the middle, mounted on top of the dashboard, where the driver can easily glance to it. That's a very good thing as all the climate controls, car settings and media is controlled through it, but at least the screen is very high definition, very bright and mostly lag free. It also features both wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, if you prefer to use those systems. The smaller, driver's screen is the same found in ID vehicles, but this time mounted in the traditional place in the dashboard. It's pretty small and doesn't offer much in terms of customizability. Fortunately, Skoda has also differed from Volkswagen and stuck with physical shortcut buttons for the more frequently used features. Same goes for the steering wheel, which is carried over from all other current Skoda products and is in my opinion one of the best currently on the market.
The Enyaq iV, unsurprisingly, drives almost identically to the ID.4, as both cars sit on Volkswagen's electric-only MEB platform. This places the motor at the rear and batteries on the floor, which results in a surprisingly stable SUV with almost no body roll even on the curviest of roads, despite the over 2 tonne weight. Besides better dynamic driving, another benefit of rear-wheel drive is the shockingly small turning circle that is just slightly wider than Skoda's Citigo and in combination with the optional 360 degree camera, helps make this car feel smaller than it actually is. Even though the car is available with up to 21 inch wheels, the suspension soaks up the road imperfections pretty well, especially when fitted with optional (but not necessary) adaptive suspension. The Enyaq iV features all the modern assistance and safety systems, including the latest Travel Assist system that will use radar guided cruise control, traffic sign recognition and lane assist to keep you in your lane and a safe distance from the car ahead. It will also slow down for corners or intersections and adapt to the current speed limit. A cool feature offered by blind spot detection is detecting cyclists and cars while parked, so you don't open your door into oncoming traffic.
The optional Crystal Face grille, illuminated by 130 LEDs.
Currently you can get the Enyaq iV with at most a 204 horsepower motor bolted to the rear axle, but an AWD and vRS variants are on their way, the latter with 300 horsepower. We can expect those by the end of the year. You can choose between 52, 58 and 77kWh batteries, that translate to 340, 390 and 510 kilometers of range. The range of the AWD powered 80x and the top of the line vRS models, is not yet known. The car charges at a maximum of 125kW of DC power which means you can charge the biggest battery to 80% in just 38 minutes, while it can draw 11kW of AC power, so when you plug in at home, it will take 7 hours and 30 minutes for a full charge.
The Skoda Enyaq iV is an electric car with styling, that clearly slots it in the existing Skoda SUV line-up, without drawing much attention to it. It beats Volkswagen's ID.4 on everything from interior quality and space, to outright functionality. It's fantastic to drive over long distances, it's quiet, relaxed and offers enough punch for when you need it. Unfortunately it doesn't beat the ID.4 on price. The currently cheapest Enyaq iV 60 with the 58kWh battery starts at 39.793€ and you can expect to pay around 1.000€ more than for an equivalent ID.4. For some, paying more for a Skoda than a Volkswagen might mean we are living in the end times, but I think the car really is worth it.