Even now, anyone over the age of 50 would associate these two signs with a smile or a jolt as they remember the jokes of Skoda and Lada. However, anyone under the age of 50 associates Skoda with a middle-class standard that was previously reserved for Volvo’s choice. Lada? Sadly, at least the UK went a long way.
But Skoda underwent a change in the 1990’s and after it became part of the Volkswagen Empire with SEAT, Audi and others. It was less sporty than Audi, less premium than VW, and more mature than SEAT, and won the hosts of supporters simply because it was smart, as its marketing slogan claims with some credibility.
Now Skoda is undergoing another change as it has become one of the leading car brands in the world as it takes us to the next stage of the electric vehicle (EV) journey.
Enyaq iV has been tested here. First things first, let’s deal with the name. It may sound weird, but there’s an interesting story behind it – at least, I guess. The Irish name comes from Anya, who is said to be the source of life.
The iV (four) bit makes less sense because it is the first in the family. In fact, the Enyaq iV is one of the most important new models ever made in Skoda’s 126-year history.
Designed from the ground up to provide a completely new electrical and driving experience, it sets new standards for space, technology and value. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB), marks the beginning of the all-electric SUV brand’s electro-mobility journey, paving the way for a new generation of all-electric Scudas.
This is not a bad looking car. It’s not really pretty or special yet it has a sense of quality. And like most premium EVs at the moment, it’s a boxy crossover or SUV.
Do we risk all cars being the same? It looks like a sack that encloses with a drawstring. This feature lends itself well to the electric car market as it has enough capacity to cover the cumbersome battery packs that are currently needed to power these vehicles.
I imagine the need for boxing could be reduced as the batteries shrink due to technological advances. For now, we’re stuck with van-sized, and when it looks like you’re delivering bread, they run like sports cars.
In short, the car comes with several major body styles – the main model tested here, a sports version called SportLine, the fastest version vRS and a coupe called Enyaq Coupe.
Suitable for a car that is ushering in a new bold era in ڈاkoda design and engineering, the ENIAC introduces a new range of structure around the size of the iV battery.
Users can choose between two versions, 62kWh and 82kW, and then choose one of six interior design options and choose from the option pack.
Experienced here, we have the lounge, which, as the name suggests, is an excellent and comfortable affair.
It runs smoothly and has enough power to move fast. The important thing is that its range is also good.
At launch, both the Enyaq iV 60 Nav and Enyaq iV 80 feature rear-mounted motor and rear-wheel drive, a sign of a return to the drive train layout that dates back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. I came to type the brand’s output. The entry level 62kWh battery model is equipped with a 179PS (132kW) motor that drives the rear wheels via a single speed transmission.
It has a combined range of up to 256 miles on a single charge. The larger 82kWh model tested here produces 204PS (150kW) and is capable of running 333 miles on a single charge.
Power supply is an impor
tant factor these days. Enyaq iV offers users three options to charge. In addition to using a standard household 230V socket with 2.3 kW alternating current (AC), it can be charged overnight at home using a wall box of up to 7.2 kW. Depending on the size of the battery, the 7.2kW wallbox takes nine to 13 hours to charge. As a third charging option, the vehicle can be connected to rapid DC charging points with a capacity of up to 125 kW. This allows the Enyaq iV to charge 10 to 80% in 38 minutes.
You see, buying a car these days is like buying a laptop. Less with power and MPG and more with computer technology and charging rate.
Skoda offers a range of styles. The loft is standard on all models and combines fabric and synthetic leather. The lodge includes recycled bottles, bright colors and fabrics made from Silver Square Heptic Decor strip. The lounge, meanwhile, features a combination of leather and microfiber upholstery with contrast stitching and anodized cross decor strips on the dashboard and doors. And the suite includes black leather upholstery with cognac brown stitching and a synthetic leather trimmed dashboard.
The EcoSuite features contrasting stitching with olive leaf-dyed brown leather and black piano strip decor. And SportLine: Alcantara and features leather-trimmed sports seats and dashboards, carbon effect decor strips and aluminum-looking pedals.
The lounge tested here is impressive, especially in the car. It has a nice, modern dash and amazingly comfortable seats. I wonder how nice the clothes on the dash will look but brand new it looks fabulous.
The 2022 Enyaq iV sees some improvement over the previous version. Although it already has one of the fastest DC charging capabilities in the sector, the updated model will offer speeds of 135kW (over 125kW) for all Enyaq iV 80 models made from January. This will provide shorter charging times for drivers when charging faster on the appropriate (150kW-plus) public charger. Enyaq iV 60 models will now be able to charge at speeds of 120kW (over 100kW).
Customers who choose the All Wheel Drive models (Enyaq iV 80x) will also benefit from the new ‘Traction mode’. The driving mode on the infotainment system is activated via the screen, it increases ASR (anti-slip regulation) and provides optimal power distribution between front and rear axles. The new Battery Care mode, which is controlled via an infotainment screen, is designed to set the best charging settings to extend battery life. Upon activation the next charging process will charge up to a maximum of 80%.
The infotainment system’s graphic display has also been updated to provide more information to drivers. Drivers using the navigation system will be able to see the estimated battery level on arrival when the destination is programmed.
Buying Enyaq iV comes with many options. Skoda offers a range of extra packs these days. For example, the car comes with Family Package Plus (£ 455) which includes rear window blinds, two USB ports for passengers as well as a child safety lock in the rear and a folding table.
The drive package covers features such as leather sports steering wheel, gear change pedals and dynamic chassis control – strong for driver’s demand, soft for comfort.
Enyaq iV is an incredibly attractive package. You probably never thought of paying oda 45,000 for Skoda. But then again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes.
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Lounge 82kWh 204PS
Price: £ 40,505. The test model was £ 45,740 because it included features like 20in alloy wheels (£ 530), 125kW battery charging (£ 440) and towbar (£ 775).
Motor: An electric motor that produces 204ps of time via a single speed gearbox and rear wheel drive.
Performance: top speed 99mph and 0 to 60mph in 8.2 seconds
Warranty: Three years, 60,000 miles but can be extended up to five years, 100,000 miles