2021 Electric Skoda Enyaq iV Sportline revealed, Coupe version spotted: 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, including details of the new Sportline model.
- Skoda’s first electric SUV
- Sportline version revealed
- 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 early 2021
- Costs from £33,450 (excluding plug-in car grant)
Skoda has revealed the new Sportline trim for its first-ever purpose-built electric car, the Enyaqi iV. This fully-electric SUV is a more practical alternative to the likes of the current Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro and you’ll be able to buy it in the first half of 2021.
New Skoda Enyaq iV Sportline revealed
The high-spec Sportline version of the Skoda Enyaq iV electric car comes with up to 21-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and extra body-coloured trim on its bumpers and side skirts. It also gets with lowered suspension as standard that drops the front of the car by 15mm and the rear by 10mm compared with the standard Enyaq iV.
You can choose from three versions of the Enyaq iV Sportline, a pair of two-wheel drive, single-motor models with 180hp or 204hp, and a four-wheel-drive model with 265hp that comes with two electric motors.
The 180hp ‘iV 60’ cars come with a 62kWh battery and a range of around 249 miles, while the 204hp ‘iV 80’ cars get an 82kWh battery and a 323-mile range. The 265hp ‘iV 80x’ versions come with the same 82kWh battery as iV80 cars, but the extra weight of their second electric motor means they deliver a slightly shorter 311-mile range.
Skoda hasn’t announced how much the new Enyaq iV Sportline will cost, but considering a Sportline version of the Kodiaq SUV costs approximately £5,500 more than an entry-level Kodiaq SE. It’s likely, that the Enyaq iV Sportline will cost from around £39,000 – or £5,500 more than an entry-level car Enyaq iV.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV design
The Skoda Enyaqi iV is an electric car, but it looks much more like a conventional SUV than the likes of the VW ID3 and ID4 thanks to its square headlights and chunky grille-effect bumper trim.
Because it’s an electric car, the Skoda Enyaqi iV doesn’t need a large grille opening to cool a hot petrol or diesel engine. That said, you can choose to call attention to its big faux-intake by paying extra for an illuminated ‘crystal’ grille. This comes with a series of LED-lit vertical bars that – if you squint a bit – look similar to what you can get on a BMW X6 or even a Rolls-Royce Ghost.
From the side, you could easily mistake the Skoda Enyaq iV for the new VW ID4 electric car – both share a curved roofline, a rounded bonnet and large alloy wheels (19-inch as standard and 21-inch in top-spec models.) This shouldn’t be a huge surprise because both cars are based on the same set of underlying mechanical parts.
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. Every Enyaq iV comes with the Czech brand’s signature ‘SKODA’ script on the boot lid.
2021 Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe spotted
The new Skoda Enyaq iV won’t just be sold as a boxy electric SUV. As the prototype car pictured here shows, you’ll also be able to get your mitts on a slinkier coupe-styled version.
Thanks to the very light camouflage, you can see the Enyaq iV Coupe won’t look too dissimilar to the standard Skoda – in fact, the front end is nigh-on identical. The big changes are towards the rear, as the sloping roofline gives the car a more dynamic and swoopy look over the standard car, and there’s even a subtle hint of a lip spoiler on the boot lid.
Further details are harder to spot, though you can just about make out the angular rear lights and the sculpted rear bumper from the standard Skoda Enyaq iV through the camo cladding.
This particular prototype car also has the smaller alloys and the simpler front grille design from the regular versions of the Enyaq iV, though you’ll likely be able to swap those out for larger wheels and an optional illuminated grille when it goes on sale.
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.
Skoda hasn’t outlined the coupe version’s practicality credentials. However, due to the car’s sloping roofline, headroom will likely be reduced by a couple of centimeters or so over the boxier standard Skoda Enyaq. Using other similarly-sized coupe-SUVs as a reference, expect luggage capacity to also shrink to somewhere in the 540 litres ballpark.
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.
The Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe will likely boast marginally better ranges thanks to its slightly more aerodynamic body shape. How far the Enyaq iV Coupe can be driven on a single battery charge won’t be known for sure until the car’s officially revealed, though.
|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 early 2021. 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.
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