The Czech manufacturer’s first electric SUV, the new Skoda Enyaq is currently on tour in certain French dealerships. Automobile Propre was able to discover it in preview.
At Skoda, the electric Citigo was just an appetizer. With the new Enyaq, serious things begin. The spearhead of the Czech manufacturer’s new electric offensive, the model is currently on tour in certain French dealerships. We were able to approach him during a presentation organized in Cannes.
Bigger than a Volkswagen ID.4
Cousin of the Volkswagen ID.4 of which it shares the platform, the Enyaq is in its features much less smooth than the German model. Like many electric cars on the market, the Czech SUV receives a closed grille but its relief gives it a little more character. The Enyaq is also a little bigger than its equivalent at Volkswagen! Where the ID.4 stretches 4.56m in length, the Czech SUV climbs to 4.65m, a value close to the very recent Hyundai Ioniq 5 (4.64m).
The trunk has 580 liters of cargo space, almost 40 more than the 543 liters of the ID.4. Rather well organized, it has small storage spaces on the sides and a double bottom to store charging cables. Folding into two thirds, one third, the rear seat allows the volume to be increased to more than 1,200 liters by sacrificing the rear seats. A ski hatch is also present.
|VW ID.4||Skoda Enyaq|
|Length||4585 mm||4648 mm|
|Width||1852 mm||1877 mm|
|Height||1631 mm||1618 mm|
|Wheelbase||2765 mm||2765 mm|
At the rear, the space is generous. Despite my 1m86, I keep a nice margin at the level of the legs and head. The set is both comfortable and practical. In addition to the central armrest, two USB sockets facilitate the charging of mobile devices. Straight from the Czech Republic, the presentation model is fitted with leather upholstery from the limited “Founder’s Edition” series.
Just as spacious as the rear, the front is characterized by its large touch screen. Installed in a central position, it extends 13 inches diagonally and inherits the new software interface of the Volkswagen group. Compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay devices is obviously part of the game. There are also the various menus dedicated to electricity to program recharging or monitor consumption.
On the instrumentation side, the transition is strange as the screen seems ridiculously small compared to the giant screen used for the on-board computer. Limited to 5 inches, it summarizes the main information and can integrate navigation. Depending on the version chosen, it may be supplemented by an augmented reality head-up display device.
On the practical side, there are two USB-C ports, two slots for charging smartphones by induction as well as plenty of storage space.
More than 500 km of autonomy
Like its equivalent at Volkswagen, the new Enyaq is based on the German group’s MEB platform. Modular, it allows several motor and battery configurations.
The demo model version is easily identifiable thanks to the 80 iV marking located at the rear right of the boot. Configured in propulsion, it corresponds to the mid-range of the model. It combines a 150 kW electric motor with a 77 kWh battery. It promises the best range in the range, over 500 km.
Equipped with a 58 kWh battery, the 50 and 60 iV versions offer respective ranges of 340 and 390 km. They carry smaller engines. More upscale and configured as four-wheel drive, the 80x iV and RS iV versions take up the 77 kWh battery. At the top of the range, the Enyaq RS iV combines 225 kW of power, 460 Nm of torque for a 0 to 100 km / h shot in 6.2 seconds.
On the charging side, all models have a Combo connector but with different charge levels depending on the version. Limited to 7.2 kW on the Enyaq 50 iV, the alternating current (AC) load climbs to 11 kW on all versions. On direct current (DC) fast charging, the power ranges between 50 and 125 kW.
An electric SUV for less than 30,000 euros bonus deducted
Available to order in France since September, the Skoda Enyaq is expected in dealerships from June. In terms of prices, the 80 iV version that we were able to discover in the manufacturer’s Cannes dealership starts from € 47,300 in its basic version.
More affordable, the Enyaq 50 iV starts from € 35,300 excluding ecological bonus. A much more affordable price than that of the new electric Hyundai Kona, which is more compact, starts at € 39,900 excluding bonus in its 64 kWh version.