Škoda's first EV will offer up to 316 miles of range when it goes on sale later this year

Škoda has finally lifted the lid on its first purpose-built EV – the Enyaq iV. Based on the VW Group's MEB platform, it promises a lot of interior space and clever packaging alongside several different powertrain options delivering up to 316 miles of range as well as a sportier version with the vRS model.

Škoda has been drip-feeding information about the Enyaq iV since the spring but it has finally done the official unveiling of its all-electric SUV. A rival to cars like the Kia e-Niro, forthcoming Vauxhall Mokka-e and its PSA Group derivatives, it brings Škoda's 'Simply Clever' mantra into the electronic era. Within this, the Czech brand is aiming to deliver practicality, style, lots of kit and – in the vRS – plenty of fun behind the wheel.

Powertrain and charging

The Škoda Enyaq iV will be offered in the UK with two different battery sizes and single motor, rear-wheel drive or two motor, all-wheel drive.

What we'd imagine will be the big seller, the Škoda Enyaq iV 60, has a 58kWh (net) battery with 177bhp and 229lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels, providing 242 miles of range. The car with the greatest range is the Enyaq iV 80 which is again rear-wheel drive, has 201bhp, 229lb-ft and thanks to a 77kWh (net) battery, can drive for up to 316 miles.

Taking the performance up a level are two top-of-the-range versions which also utilise the 77kWh battery. The 80x and ubiquitous vRS versions of the car have a motor up front as well as at the back, delivering 261bhp and 301bhp respectively via all four wheels. The 80x hits 62mph in 6.9 seconds and tops out at 99mph, whilst the vRS will do 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 111mph. Both cars have a range of up to 285 miles.

In term of charging it's a case of the bigger the battery, the faster the charging speeds. The maximum AC input is 11kW across the range, whilst with DC input the 60 can be charged at 100kW and all 80-spec cars at up to 125kW which should deliver 10-80 per cent in less than 40 minutes.

Škoda is building a 50kWh version of the Enyaq – the 50 iV – though it won't be available in the UK at launch.

Styling and features

Major exterior Škoda design features are present and correct in the Enyaq iV – namely the brand's signature grille which is illuminated in this case. Wheels of between 18 and 21 inches are available, with the latter necessary on a car which, at 4659mm long, 1879mm wide and 1616mm high isn't far off the size of the brand's Kodiaq large SUV. Despite the size, a slippery drag coefficient of 0.27 helps maximise range.

Inside, the MEB platform has enabled Škoda to endow the Enyaq iV with plenty of space which again, can be compared to the seven-seat Kodiaq. A myriad of useful cubby holes and storage compartments throughout the car – such as the classic door umbrella compartments – are all part of Škoda's Simply Clever mantra. If buyers opt for 'Lodge' or 'ecoSuite' design packages the car gets new sustainably-sourced materials including seat covers made of a blend of responsibly sourced wool and polyester from recycled PET bottles. On Congnac-coloured leather, chemical dyes have been eschewed in favour of olive leaf extracts.

Equipment levels are typical of Škoda: generous. As standard the car gets dual-zone climate control, a multifunction leather steering wheel, keyless start, DAB digital radio, Apple and Android smartphone connectivity, wireless smartphone charging, reversing sensors and LED headlights. A 5.3 inch configurable digital cockpit display shows the most relevant information whilst traffic sign recognition feeds into the safety and navigation systems.

A 13 inch free-standing touchscreen display represents the largest available on a Škoda. It can be operated with gesture control or Laura digital voice assistant. An eight speaker sound system is standard with a twelve speaker system from CANTON optional.

A built-in eSIM to all models keeps the Enyaq iV online at all times. This enables the car to be set-up remotely via the Škoda Connect app and also enables over-the-air updates to take place. From a driving point-of-view, live traffic and charging services are fed into the navigation to help smooth out journeys.

Price and availability

The 60 iV will start at £30,450 after the £3000 PiCG is applied with the 80 iV starting at £35,950. A high-spec Founders Edition will go on sale for £46,995. Order books will be open later this year with deliveries beginning in spring 2021.

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