Skoda Enyaq article 2023 electric car

Škoda and Q…Masters of Invention

Q is the boffin behind the gadgets which James Bond has access to. He always keeps on producing something extremely clever.

Which is a bit like Škoda because four of the cars in their range have a Q in their name Kodiaq, Karoq, Kamiq, and the latest to arrive…the Enyaq and its seriously smart Enyaq Coupé stablemate which is the one we’re featuring here.

The Enyaq is a large, family-sized SUV which differs from the other SUVs because it is 100 per cent electric. It’s also the first fully electric car to come from Škoda and it’s gone straight to the top of the electric car charts…it really is that good.

The Enyaq has been named in the latest Which? awards as the best buy in the medium to large SUV category. It’s been named as Best Value Electric Car by Auto Trader and won the Best Family Car gong at the annual Autocar awards. Not bad going for car which is new territory for Škoda.

Skoda Enyaq article 2023 electric car

If you want a choice of power outputs, you’ll need to check the ‘normal’ Enyaq, but if it’s style and performance that that you’re looking for, then head for the swoopy Škoda Enyaq Coupé which comes with the vRS badge.

A lower powered Enyaq Coupé is due early-ish 2023 so, for the moment, we have this top of the range vRS to lead the way.

Power is a very healthy 295bhp which goes to two electric motors…fore and aft…to give you all-wheel drive. 0-60mph comes up in a highly respectable 6.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 111mph.

The crucial figure for any electric car though, is the range. This is a strong point for the Enyaq Coupé because if you resist using all of the power all of the time, (unlikely, we know) it will cover 323 miles before you need to charge the battery. This means most users can charge the car on a Sunday night and not need another charge until teatime on Friday. Brilliant. It also allows for a weekend trip to the Dales, Lake District or Aunt Meg in Wales without panic setting in after 150 miles. If you need a top-up, find the sort of public charger which is becoming more common (50kW) and you’ll get a full charge in around an hour. Find an ultra-rapid charger and that will drop to about 35 minutes.

Skoda Enyaq article 2023 electric car

These are to sort of figures which really are making electric car ownership a realistic proposition.

And it’s terrific to drive. You get the initial surge of power that all electric cars have, but you also have sports suspension. Add standard all-wheel drive into the equation and you end up with a sporty SUV that will also be more than happy on the school run, trundling around town or cruising along the motorway.

In terms of kit, bearing in mind that this is the vRS model, you get everything you could possibly need. A full length sunroof is standard along with sat nav, leather upholstery, a raft of safety equipment, heated front bucket seats and steering wheel, DAB radio, adaptive cruise control and a 13inch central touchscreen.

Everything else about the Enyaq Coupé is pure Škoda which means it’s versatile, roomy and well built.

Form an orderly Q please.

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