Skoda Enyaq iV 80 TEST: the electric car debuts…

Since she passed under the back of Volkswagen in the 1990s, the brand Skoda was for a time positioned as a less expensive access brand and technologies deliberately kept up late to leave the field open for VW. But several years ago, this strategy was abandoned, the brand’s reputation is now widely recognized.

This explains that Skoda launched a break decidedly modern who has nothing to envy of the best general practitioners. What is also true for eletric cars. In fact, while some brands that have the means are still slow to offer battery-powered cars, Skoda can once again count on the group attack force to offer us a second electric vehicle, a far cry from the Citigo iV city car that disappeared in 2020 (32.3 kWh).

common base

The Skoda Enyaq takes the form of a family SUV4.64 m long and that does not hide its affiliation technician as Volkswagen ID.4. It is therefore the MEB platform dedicated to the electric models that we have to deal with, as well as all its components and, of course, the same engines and for the same battery as ID.4.

Test Skoda Enyaq iV 80: the democratic and versatile electric car?

In this case, the Energy supply from Enyaq promises 58 or 77 kWh (for versions called 60 or 80), which is equivalent to a autonomy of 412km or of 532km in the WLTP cycle. The electric motor with permanent magnets offers identical torque in both versions (310 Nm), but 180 hp in the iV60 and 204 hp for the iV80. However, the performances remain similar in both cases: respectively 8.8 and 8.7 s for the peak from 0-100 km/h and 160 km/h, a speed naturally limited to preserve the electron economy. According to Skoda, only the version IV 80 “X” which designates the 4×4 version would do better (265 hp, 6.9 s for 0-100 km/h) and the imminent IV RS (300 hp, 6.2 sec., 180 km/h).

An exciting autonomy

The big difference is, therefore, in the drums and notautonomy available more comfortable with version IV 80. Logic. That said, don’t expect to go 532km on a single charge, as the numbers advertised are the homologation numbers, which are always more flattering. In fact, we go table common autonomy of 420 kmfilled byon-board computer. And, rare thing, this do not lie.

Throughout our nearly 1,000 km of tests, we always achieved this distance between two loads while the highway lanes – the most unfavorable – were legion (mixture of 60% highway and 40% urban, peri-urban and secondary roads). Our means settled down between 16.8 and 17.5 kWh/100 kma cost of just over 6 euros to travel 100 km counting charge losses during recharging (20% for heating the package and cable).

Test Skoda Enyaq iV 80: the democratic and versatile electric car?

In this perspective, the Enyaq iV 80 keeps all its promises, even if we highlight the conditions favorable climate of the test. Because make no mistake about it: in winter the autonomy will decrease inevitably faster (from 20 to 30%) due to the cold, the use of heating (and on condition of opting for the less greedy heat pump, but billed for more than 1,200 euros) and other peripherals.

This great autonomy is also the result of a very effective regenerationthis during braking and deceleration: the driving aids (disconnectable) anticipating entry into a roundabout or junction, for example, or a tight turn by optimally decelerating, while the driver can also modulate regeneration power via the steering wheel paddles. Brillant.

Only weakness : a fast charging direct current from 125 kW which is… optional (520 euros). Essential at the risk of ending up with a maximum power of 50 kW, which will be truly disabling on long journeys. AC charging power reaches 11 kW. Correct. Concretely, this means 13 hours of waiting on a domestic socket to regenerate from 20 to 80% of the package (46 kWh), 6 hours on a 7.4 kW connection, 4 hours with an 11 kW terminal, 55 minutes with the 50 kW continuous charger as standard and 27 minutes on a 125 kW fast terminal.

Versatile

the version 77 kWh from Enyaq is not no less livable than the others: the battery is under the floor and in no way invades thecargo area : offers 585 to 1,710 litersthat is, quite flattering values ​​in the context of a family use.

Skoda Enyaq koffer chest

The space on board is also generous, even if, in the rear seats, you don’t expect the space of a Superb either. Like a good self-respecting Skoda, the Enyaq offers a infinity of tricks : generous and accessible storage, the umbrella compartment in the door or the scraper in the fuel filler flap.

Skoda Enyaq

I’edge interface is complete and she impresses with 13 inch large screen almost like a television. Its resolution is lower than that of ID.4, but its the menus are logically articulatedalthough we would have preferred more direct access buttons, such as accessing the car game (wireless) or driving data that seems essential in the case of an electric car.

Test Skoda Enyaq iV 80: the democratic and versatile electric car?

Reagent

On my waythe Enyaq is very nice. It is certain that he does not don’t forget your weight which is felt both in the weight support and in the suspension in its vertical movements. With more two tons, necessarily. That said, the machine remains accurate in all circumstances is very reagentThe electric motor delivering its maximum torque from 0 rpm.

Test Skoda Enyaq iV 80: the democratic and versatile electric car?

Accelerations are immediate, which helps to streamline driving, even if the accelerations aren’t dazzling. We also thank centering quality of direction which is generally not Skodas’ strong point, as well as the cathedral silence who reigns on board. All this contributes to making the trip pleasant.

Conclusion

The Skoda Enyaq is a success. And even a little more than the Volkswagen ID.4 thanks to a little more generous space and more restrained prices, although these remain high for the idea we have of a Skoda (base 49,890 euros). What disappoints are the essential accessories that are optional and that will add to the bill: a heat pump or, even worse, the “real” fast recharge. It’s petty. The fact is that the machine convinces by its versatility and also by its autonomy that fulfills its promises.

Test Skoda Enyaq iV 80: the democratic and versatile electric car?

Skoda Enyaq iV 80: specifications

Engine: 1 electric motor (204 kW, 310 Nm)

Transmission: for rear wheels

Gearbox: 1 speed reduction

W/W/H (mm): 4.649/1.879/1.616

Empty weight (kg): 2.015

Trunk volume (l): 585 to 1,710

Battery (kWh): 82

0-100 km/h (sec): 8.7

Maximum speed (km/h): 160 km/h

WLTP range (km): 532

CO2: 0g/km

Price: 49,890 euros

Registration fee: Flanders: €0; Wallonia and Brussels: €61.50

Road tax: Flanders: €0; Wallonia and Brussels €85.27

Ecomalus Wallonia: €0

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