Skoda Enyaq iV vRS: 295bhp electric SUV priced from £52k

Published: 07 December 2022

► Skoda prices new performance Enyaq SUV
► Same powertrain as Enyaq Coupe iV vRS

► Maximum claimed range of 310 miles

This is the new Skoda Enyaq iV vRS. It’s a performance version of the brand’s pure-electric SUV, which is powered by the same 295bhp four-wheel drive, dual-motor powertrain and 82kWh battery pack as the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX and the existing Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS. And it’s on-sale now, priced from £52,670.

Skoda says the new Enyaq vRS can sprint from 0–62mph in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 111mph. These performance figures are identical to the Coupe version of the car but, because of its blunter aerodynamics, the SUV’s maximum range is 310 miles rather than 323 miles.

Skoda Enyaq iV vRS (2022) - rear three quarter static, retouched photo, bright green car

Other upgrades for the vRS model include lower sports suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels and a more aggressive body kit. The cabin gets a lift, too, with heated sports seats, an aluminium pedal box, LED ambient lighting, three-zone climate control and carbon fibre-effect trim for the dashboard and door cards.

Buyers also have an options list to pick through. Upgrades include larger 21-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and a choice of upholstery finishes. For example, Skoda’s Design Selection vRS Suite upgrade pack adds black perforated leather with grey piping and contrasting stitching.

Skoda Enyaq iV vRS (2022) - dashboard and infotainment system, retouched photo

As we anticipated, the standard SUV variant costs a couple of grand less than the Enyaq Coupe vRS (£54,370), to compensate buyers for its less attractive styling and slightly lower maximum range.

Skoda Enyaq updated for 2023

Skoda launched an updated version of the Enyaq in August 2022. Revisions included some fresh infotainment software, a choice of four new equipment packages and an improved battery management system which increased the iV 80’s maximum range from 329 to 338 miles.

The tweaks were rolled out on all 2023 version of the Enyaq – and Skoda hopes the upgrades will keep the Enyaq competitive in what’s rapidly becoming a densely populated electric SUV market. Key players include the Kia EV6Ford Mustang Mach-ETesla Model Y and Jaguar I-Pace.

Skoda Enyaq MY23 rear

The 2023 Enyaq features Skoda’s latest ME3 software, which the company says has improved the sat-nav system and head-up display, while also making the climate control menu easier to operate. The car also now supports over-the-air updates, meaning buyers will be able to apply future software improvements from home via the internet.

Every Skoda Enyaq also now comes as standard with a three-year subscription to Remote Access (it was option on older versions of the car). This allows buyers to check their car’s battery level, schedule charging and pre-condition their car’s interior using a smartphone application. There are some new option packages, too – but first, we need to explain the Enyaq’s trim-levels.

Fine. Tell me about the Skoda Enyaq’s trims

Pay attention – there’s a lot to take in here. The Skoda Enyaq SUV range is separated into four models, but you can build on the spec of three cheapest options with a choice of four option packages and four upholstery finishes. Got all that?

The entry-level Skoda Enyaq iV 60 is powered by a 62kWh battery pack and a 177bhp motor mounted on the rear axle. The company says that’s enough for a 0–62mph time of 8.8 seconds and a maximum range of 246 miles. Standard kit includes 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and a 13.0-inch infotainment screen.

Above that, there’s the Enyaq iV 80. It’s priced from £42,435 and features a larger 82kWh battery pack and a more powerful 201bhp electric motor, which trims the EV’s 0–62mph time down to 8.7 seconds and increases its maximum range to 338 miles. Other upgrades over the base-model include chrome roof rails, support for 135kW rapid charging and a set of model-specific 19-inch alloy wheels.

Skoda Enyaq iV front

Buyers can also have the iV 80 model with Skoda’s racy Sportline Plus specification, which adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a more aggressive body kit, Matrix LED headlights, microsuede upholstery and carbon effect trim. Prices for this model start from £48,415.

At the top of the range, there’s the Skoda Enyaq iV 80x Sportline Plus. It features the same 82kWh battery pack as the iV 80 model, but it gains an electric motor on the front axle. This increases the car’s output to 261bhp and adds four-wheel drive. As a result, its 0–62mph time falls to 6.9 seconds, while its maximum range is reduced to 318 miles. Prices start from £51,275.

Charge times vary depending on the battery pack, specification and the speed of the charger the car’s connected to. However, Skoda says the 62kWh battery pack in the cheapest iV 60 model will charge from 0–80% capacity in 55 minutes when connected to a 50kW DC rapid charger.

The Skoda Enyaq’s larger 82kWh battery will charge from 0–80% in one hour and 10 minutes using a 50kW rapid charger or around half an hour when connected to a 135kW rapid charger.

What about these new option packs?

There are four option packs to choose from called Clever, Plus, Advanced and Maxx – and your choice of upgrade depends on the model of Enyaq you opt for. For example, the cheapest Clever package is only available on the iV 60 and iV 80 models, although the contents of the pack are included as standard on more expensive Sportline Plus models.

Skoda’s Clever package adds £2,755 to the Enyaq’s price. Upgrades include keyless go, a wireless smartphone charger, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, three-zone climate control and a pair of USB ports for rear-seat passengers. You also get some extra driver assistance technology, such as adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and blind-spot monitoring.

Above that, there’s the Plus package. It adds an extra £4,830 to the Enyaq’s price and builds on the Clever pack’s specification with Matrix LED headlights, headlight washers, an electrically operated tailgate, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat and Travel Assist. Again, it’s only available with iV 60 and iV 80 models.

Skoda Enyaq iV rear

Skoda’s Advanced package is only available with iV 80 and Sportline Plus models. Upgrades over the Plus package include a head-up display, a premium sound system, heated front and rear seats, a heated windscreen and Skoda’s backlit Crystal Face radiator grille. It cost an extra £6,980.

At the top of the range, there’s the Maxx package. It’s also only available on iV 80 and Sportline Plus models and costs an extra £9,375. Upgrades over the Advanced package include an electrically adjustable passenger seat, a massage function for the driver’s seat, a 360-degree parking camera and a self-parking function. Buyers also adaptive dampers and three-spoke sports steering wheel.

What’s the Skoda Enyaq’s interior like?

It’s a bit of a departure from the brand’s combustion-engine cars. There aren’t many buttons, with most of the cabin functions being operated using the enormous infotainment system in the centre of the dashboard. Like most Volkswagen Group EVs, there’s also a tiny digital gauge cluster mounted ahead of the driver.

Buyers have a choice of four upholstery finishes called Loft, Lounge, Suite and EcoSuite. The first option is fitted to the car as standard with the other three adding £1,200, £1,380 and £1,650 to the Enyaq’s price respectively. Loft cars feature fabric seats, Lounge models get a blend of leather and microfibre, Suite variants have synthetic leather seats and EcoSuite cars are trimmed in brown leather which was tanned using a sustainable extract from olive tree branches.

Skoda Enyaq MY23 interior

Like most Skodas, the Enyaq promises to be practical. There are loads of clever storage solutions dotted around the cabin, such as an umbrella storage cubby in the driver’s door and folding tray tables for rear-seat passengers. The boot’s a good size, too, measuring 585 litres with the rear seats in place or 1,710 litres with the bench folded flat.

Where does the Enyaq Coupe fit into this?

We glossed over the Enyaq Coupe at the top of this page, but it’s worth going into a little more detail. If you go for the Coupe, your options are a little more limited than they are with the standard SUV. Currently, you can only have the car with Skoda’s performance-focused vRS specification in the UK, meaning you need to fork out more money to get your hands on one. You also have access to fewer option packs.

Prices for the most basic Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS start from £54,370. For that, you get a 295bhp dual-motor electric powertrain, a 0–62mph time of 6.5 seconds, a top speed of 111mph and a maximum range of 323 miles thanks in part to the car’s slipperier fastback silhouette.

You also get a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, a sporty body kit, a fixed panoramic sunroof, sports seats, aluminium pedals and most of the equipment found in the standard Enyaq’s Plus package. If you want some extra toys, you can choose to upgrade the car with Advanced and Maxx packages.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS rear

The Advanced package adds an extra £2,335 to the Enyaq Coupe iV vRS’s starting price. It’s features a similar level of equipment as the same pack for the standard car, although it also features manual window blinds for the rear windows, two USB ports for the rear seats and a tow bar preparation kit.

Skoda’s Maxx package adds £4,280 to the Enyaq Coupe’s price. It adds items like electrically adjustable front seats with power adjustable lumbar support, a massage function for the driver’s seat, a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive dampers and rear side airbags.

By Luke Wilkinson

Staff writer. Unhealthy obsession with classic Minis and old Alfas. Impenetrable Cumbrian accent