It’s really only been on the road for a short time, but it feels like the Skoda Enyaq electric SUV has been around for a long, long time.
Let’s assume that’s a reflection of how much it was a part of the turn towards electrification of private transport.
I’ve recently re-examined it as part of a catch-up under the guise of the new SportLine Enyaq 80 variant, which adds a lot of little things that improve comfort, looks and handling.
The overall effect is a car in a virulent blue color that’s significantly more puffed up than original models.
I will always remember the Enyaq for one simple reason: I drove around Ireland on a different model almost a year ago.
I almost spoiled the adventure with my constant worry about having enough cargo left. There were frustrating moments, but as so often, I enjoyed it more in hindsight than at the same time.
I was determined not to let that happen again. There were several reasons for this, one of which was that I wouldn’t travel that much.
The other is that the Enyaq had previously shown me that its calculations and forecasts of remaining charge were among the most accurate and reliable of any electric car I’ve driven in the past.
If it said there was 200km left in the battery, there was a good chance you could count on it to cover that distance and stop peeking at the screen every five minutes.
Aside from the fact that peering was of little help in terms of adding distance, it was reassuring to know that nothing too dramatic was happening without my knowledge.
So I rode freely and enjoyed the experience. The cabin was comfortable and had the plush feel you get when you have leather everywhere.
It has always had a sense of spaciousness; There’s room for five – three in the back is a bit tight, but certainly doable. And there was plenty of space in the trunk (585 liters).
My test car also had 21-inch alloys, light/vision package, driver assistance, comfort and climate packages. The bigger wheels gave it real poise in its profile.
I found the drive a little soft, but that’s the way it is with SUVs this size anyway.
One thing that gets lost in the conversation about the Enyaq is that it comes with a service plan.
It includes three services, a set of spare tires, brake pads and wiper blades. They estimate you’ll save about 39 percent compared to pay-as-you-go maintenance.
That’s unusual in its own way. A new purchasing structure is also different. You first choose your battery pack size and then configure your vehicle. I’m told it’s very popular.
After a few good rides in the SportLine I have to say I was impressed.
I was anticipating a bit of midlife fatigue creeping in, but that’s far from the case. This new, highly equipped version keeps it at the top of the segment. But it’s expensive at nearly €60,000.
77 kW, 204 hp, range 520 km, road tax €120. Price €53,525 on the street. Test car, with options, €57,762.
The specification includes a virtual cockpit; reversing camera incl. sensors; 13-inch touchscreen display including navigation; Leather and suedia upholstery. Extras: 21-inch wheels; Light/vision, driver assistance package.
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