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Enyaq iV arrives! First all electric Skoda comes with 310 miles range

In a nutshell: NEW SKODA ENYAQ IV

  • New Skoda Enyaq iV is the firm’s first all-electric SUV.
  • Will initially come with two battery sizes: 62kWh and 82kWh
  • Full range will feature additional model variants with two and four-wheel drive options.
  • WLTP range of up to 316 miles, rapid charge capability of up to 125kW; 10 to 80 per cent in just 38 minutes.
  • High specification levels across all models.
  • Available to order in the UK from late 2020, deliveries from spring 2021.

Skoda fans - sit up and take notice.

Because not only is the new Enyaq iV the firm’s first fully-electric SUV, it’s capable of driving 316 miles between charges, is rear-wheel drive in standard form, and will come with a healthy 204 PS.

Rumour has it there’s also a sporty Enyaq iV vRS being lined-up for release next year, which is set to boast 302 bhp and 339lb ft of torque.

Smaller than the Kodiaq, Skoda’s full-sized SUV, but more capacious than the compact Karoq, the Enyaq iV represents the Czech company’s most expensive model in the line-up.

Where the cost of the Kodiaq starts at £26,810, the Enyaq iV begins at £33,450 before the Government’s plug-in car grant.

But that price tag begins to look extremely tempting when you consider the Enyaq’s closest rivals - the similarly priced all-electric Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric - have a lesser range of around 280 miles between battery top-ups.

As you can imagine, Skoda says the Enyaq represents the dawn of a new era.

Karl Neuhold, head of exterior design at SKODA, says: “The Enyaq iV embodies all ŠKODA’s virtues and strengths in one vehicle and is an important step towards a sustainable future for the company.

“It combines spaciousness, versatility and clever ideas and incorporates surprising, smart features. It is suitable for families, people with active lifestyles and long-distance driving, making it the perfect companion for every day.”

Skoda is, of course, owned by the Volkswagen group.

And what’s important, and perhaps encouraging, to note is that the Enyaq uses the same Modular Electric Propulsion Platform (aka ‘Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten’, or MEB, if you want the German lingo) as the VW ID.3, which has a range of up to 341 miles in the top spec model.

And when the Enyaq launches you’ll be able to choose from either a 62kWh battery to power a 132kW motor, or a larger 82kWh battery to fuel a 150 kW motor.

Both are available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive form.

The less powerful ‘Enyaq iV 60’ comes with 19 inch alloy wheels, a 13 inch infotainment system, ambient interior lighting, as well as Road sign recognition and Front Assist as standard.

All of the ‘60’ models also come with an interior trim called ‘Loft’, which features fabric/artificial leather seat facings and brushed aluminium decor panels as standard.

For an extra £1,285, customers can either specify an interior design pack called ‘Suite’ that adds leather trim and piano black decor panels, or go swankier still with the ‘Lounge’ package, which boasts light grey leather with mustard yellow stitching.

The more powerful Enyaq iV 80, priced from £38,950, has front parking sensors and a rear-view camera, as well as a heated two-spoke leather steering wheel.

What’s more, early next year there will also be an additional, range-topping version, the ‘Enyaq iV 80 Founders Edition’, priced from £49,995 and which has 21 inch alloys, an illuminated front grille, and black leather interior.

When it comes to your charging options, all models have a minimum DC rapid charging capability of 50kW as standard, while you can choose 100kW and 125kW DC charge rates as options.

If you use a home wall box, a full charge will take between six to eight hours, depending on the battery size.

With the 125 kW option, you can boost the battery to 80 per cent in just 38 minutes.

A boot size of 585-litres as well as a roomy, simple and uncluttered interior makes the Enyaq iV a tempting package for families, with the first UK deliveries expected next Spring.

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