2021 Electric Skoda Enyaq iV revealed: price, specs and release date
This is the Skoda Enyaq iV, the brand’s first electric SUV. It comes with up to 306hp and 316 miles of range, and here’s everything you need to know about it.
- Skoda’s first electric SUV
- Four models available
- Up to 316-mile range
- 125kW fast-charging
- 2- and 4-wheel drive
- 13-inch touchscreen
- Coupe version spotted
- On sale in late 2020
- Costs from £33,450 (excluding plug-in car grant)
Skoda has revealed its first purpose-built electric car – the Enyaq iV. This fully-electric SUV will be a more practical alternative to the likes of the current Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro when it goes on sale later in 2020.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV design
You might not guess that the new Skoda Enyaq iV is an electric car. It looks quite similar to the likes of the Skoda Kamiq, Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs – especially from the front thanks to those square headlights and angular grille-effect trim.
Being an electric car means the Enyaq iV doesn’t need a large grille opening to cool a hot engine. Nevertheless, you can call attention to its big faux-intake by paying extra for an illuminated ‘crystal’ grille. This features a series of LED-lit vertical bars – a bit like a budget version of what you can get on a BMW X6 and the new Rolls-Royce Ghost.
From the side, the Enyaq iV’s curved roofline and rounded bonnet have more in common with the likes of the VW ID.4 electric car than a conventional high-riding SUV. Though that’s no surprise because these two cars share many of their mechanical parts. Entry-level Enyaq iV models come with 19-inch alloy wheels but you can get 21-inch wheels on top-spec cars.
At the rear, the Enyaq iV sports similar angular brake lights to other new Skodas and features the Czech brand’s signature ‘SKODA’ script on the boot lid. Depending on which model you pick, you can get the Enyaq iV with silver, black or body-coloured plastic trim around the lower edge of the rear bumper and side skirts.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe spotted
The camouflaged prototype car pictured here doesn’t reveal a great deal about the new car’s design, but you can expect it to come with a very similar front end to the standard Enyaq iV. That car’s angular headlights and optional illuminated grille will almost certainly be present on the new coupe, alongside a similar range of 19- to 21-inch alloy wheels.
Bigger changes are visible at the rear, where the new coupe ditches the standard Enyaq iV‘s flat roofline in favour of a more dramatic sloping silhouette. The brake lights will probably mirror those fitted to the standard car, however – as will the contrasting and body-coloured bumper trims fitted to entry-level and high-spec cars respectively.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV interior
The Skoda Enyaq iV’s interior doesn’t look radically different from that in other Skoda SUVs – though that’s not a bad thing. It gets a simple, minimalist layout that you can bet is easy to get to grips with and everything should feel solidly made and sturdy. The Enyaq iV also uses various recycled materials for its interior trim.
Skoda says the Enyaq iV has a similar amount of space in its cabin as the larger Kodiaq SUV, despite being shorter than the Octavia hatchback. There are loads of neat storage cubbies too, including almost 18 litres of space in the centre console and between the front seats. You can carry 585 litres of luggage in the boot and there’s an adjustable boot floor with enough space underneath to store the car’s charging cable.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV infotainment
As standard, the Skoda Enyaq iV comes with a 5-inch digital driver’s display and a 13-inch dashboard-mounted touchscreen – the largest fitted to any Skoda. This central screen features built-in controls for the likes of the air conditioning and heated seats, so you’ll find very few physical buttons dotted about the place.
You can wirelessly connect your phone to the system using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the Enyaq iV gets Skoda’s latest ‘Laura’ personal assistant. This advanced voice-recognition software understands commands spoken in plain sentences. For example, saying ‘I’m hot’ will prompt it to lower the cabin temperature.
This system is capable of updating itself automatically using a built-in internet connection, so you’ll ever need to take your car to a dealership to have the latest software installed.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV motors and range
In the UK, the entry-level Skoda Enyaq iV will be called the ’60’. It’ll come with a 62 kWh battery and 180hp motor, which means it can drive for approximately 242 miles on a single charge. Step up to the 204hp Enyaq iV 80 and you get an estimated 316-mile range from its 82 kWh battery. Both these versions come with two-wheel drive.
There will be two four-wheel-drive models available, both powered by an 82 kWh battery. The 80X model uses two motors to drive the front and rear wheels and produces 265hp in total. This model will do 0-60 in 6.9 seconds.
The top-of-the-range model is the vRS. This produces 306hp and will do 0-60mph in less than 6.2 seconds. The maximum range for both four-wheel-drive variants is an estimated 285 miles.
|Single-motor (RWD)||Dual-motor (AWD)|
|Enyaq iV 60||Enyaq iV 80||Enyaq iV 80X (AWD)||Enyaq vRS (AWD)|
|0-62mph||8.7 sec.||8.5 sec.||6.9 sec.||6.2 sec.|
|Range||Up to 242 miles||Up to 316 miles||Up to 285 miles||Up to 285 miles|
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV charging
Every Skoda Enyaqi iV comes with 50kW DC charging capability, but you can pay extra to be able to use 100kW DC charging for cars with the 62kW battery and 125kW DC charging for versions with the larger 82kW battery.
You’ll be able to boost your car’s battery from 10% to 80% fully charged in just 38 minutes using a 125kW public rapid charger. A 7kW wall box will take between six to eight hours to fully charge the new Skoda Enyaq iV.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iv driving
Electric cars deliver an instant shove when you press the accelerator, so even at the entry-level version should feel pretty nippy. You’ll also have enough power for overtaking quickly and without much fuss – and in almost complete silence.
The vRS is a sportier version of this electric SUV with the equivalent of 306hp. With this power and four-wheel drive, it should be more fun to drive than your average electric SUV.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV price and specs
The new Skoda Enyaq iV will cost from £33,450 when it goes on sale in the UK in late 2020. When you include the Government plug-in car grant, that price drops to £30,450. When it goes on sale, you can expect the Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe to cost a few thousand pounds more than the standard car across the range.
Skoda Enyaq iV 60 – £33,450 (excluding grant)
Entry-level Enyaq iV 60 models come with 19-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, ambient cabin lighting and a 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system. You also get traffic-sign recognition, automatic emergency braking and keyless start as standard.
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 – £38,950 (excluding grant)
The Skoda Enyaq iV 80 gets the same kit as the ’60’ model but adds some extra chrome exterior trim, front parking sensors, a reversing camera and a heated leather steering wheel.
Available for ’60’ and ’80’ models, the optional £1,115 ‘Lounge’ pack adds grey leather with mustard yellow stitching. Or, you can pay £1,285 for the suite ‘Suite’ pack, which adds leather seats and gloss black trim.
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Founders Edition – £49,995 (excluding grant)
The top-spec Founders Edition model builds on the spec of ’80’ versions with 21-inch alloy wheels, an illuminated front grille, matrix LED headlights, an upgraded black leather interior and 125kW fast-charging capability.