The new Skoda Enyaq is the nicest automobile I’ve pushed all 12 months, perhaps other than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousine, which is the sort of factor nobody would have remarked a few Skoda even just a few years in the past. It’s an object lesson in now to take a model additional and additional upmarket. You don’t hassle slapping “posh” badges on the factor or loading up it up with package; you simply construct an excellent automobile, which the Enyaq is. It’s mainly a £50,000 electrical Skoda luxurious SUV, and, it’s value it. Spacious, sensible, easy, quiet, nippy – “attractive” says my buddy, and she or he’s a little bit of a fusspot. Reward certainly.
Based mostly as it’s on Volkswagen’s new electrical automobile platform, the Enyaq is intently associated to the just lately launched all-electric VW ID.3 and ID.4, and it’s superior to them, whether or not accidentally or design, and particularly the larger ID.4, with which the Enyaq is extra straight comparable. The Skoda is best wanting, much more snug, and the “sprint” (today a big 13-inch display) extra user-friendly. The local weather controls are a bit tough to get at (too many touchscreen menus) however in any other case it really works in addition to any touchscreen to function, which is to say not as nice as old school buttons and dials. The style for tablet-style controls in automobiles has gone far too far for the sake of security, I can’t assist feeling.
The inside feels excessive class and there’s heaps and many area and intelligent storage all over the place, one thing of a Skoda signature theme. That’s not as a result of the Enyaq is particularly nicely designed for area effectivity, you perceive, however simply because it’s so darn large. The optionally available leathers are particularly mushy and cosseting and there’s a complete vary of packs to select from slightly than a conventional choices tick-list. They will simply provides 1000’s to the price of your Skoda, taking it nicely into Audi or Mercedes-Benz territory. The Skoda holds its personal, although.
On the go, like all electrical automobiles, the low-speed energy supply is spectacular; it’s shortly away from the lights and, due to the massive battery pack, it doesn’t run out of energy even at increased speeds. At slightly below 100mph, the highest velocity is way decrease than in petrol- or diesel-engined equivalents, equivalent to Skoda’s personal huge Kodak, however, given the nationwide velocity restrict, it’s completely enough in any case.
The vary, at all times a problem with battery electrical autos, is spectacular too, and may allay anxiousness about working out of vitality. Skoda claims over 300 miles on a full cost but it surely could possibly be even increased, given heat climate, low-speed use and a mild driving model, or under 200 miles in chilly climate with a heavy proper foot. Much more than in inside combustion engines autos, the electrical automobile is delicate to such components, and customers quickly discover ways to get one of the best out of their automobiles (or ought to, in the event that they don’t need to get stranded).
The Enyaq comes with a selection of battery packs, however the bigger pack doesn’t ship that rather more efficiency or vary as a result of the extra batteries are heavy. As a result of both pack is so massive additionally they take longer to cost up; some 12 hours from the sort of field you’d have put in on the aspect of your house, for instance, or about 40 minutes off a industrial quick charger at a petroleum station (ie to get the vary up from 26 miles to 208 miles, in response to the wonderful ev-database.uk). The choice is without doubt one of the smaller electrical SUVs with deliberately small (ie faster to cost) packs such because the Lexus UX 300e or Mazda MX-30. Such are the compromises of the trendy battery automobile.
Price? As typical, going electrical means balancing the upper checklist value or month-to-month lease charge, plus environmental advantages and luxury, towards far decrease working prices – “gasoline” and servicing. Leaving the very actual inexperienced points apart, and simply taking a look at cash, there’s no level in paying a £10,000 premium for an electrical automobile over the petrol equal should you’re simply going to pop all the way down to the retailers each week or so. So you have to do your maths. The entry-level Enyaq will qualify for the federal government’s £2,500 electrical automobile subsidy, however a lot of the vary is far more costly, and can develop into much more so when sportier and four-wheel drive variations arrive.
The one actual fault I discovered in utilizing the Skoda Enyaq is the autonomous emergency braking operate. That is extremely environment friendly, and the profit in avoiding damage to different street customers is apparent, but it surely makes parking this large beast much more tough as a result of it involves an abrupt emergency cease should you get anyplace close to an impediment. Which means having to override the emergency cease by urgent on the accelerator, which feels dangerous in a good spot. So it’s laborious. There’s an computerized parking operate, however I’m undecided I belief that both.
It’s an uncommon automobile, then, as a result of it’s way more tough to manage at 7mph than at 70mph. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless an actual winner for Skoda, at any velocity.