The new Skoda Enyaq on test in Ireland
The new Skoda Enyaq on test in Ireland

Skoda chose Durrow, County Laois, for a recent international press drive of the new Skoda Enyaq iV. Not only is Ireland ideal for such EV events due to the distances between the airport, great roads and landscape, but there is also an Irish connection to the name Enyaq, which we reported earlier this year.

What can we expect from the new Skoda electric SUV?

The Skoda Enyaq is a highly anticipated new all-electric SUV from the Czech brand and is expected to go on sale here in 2021. No details on pricing have been confirmed however the brand has released information on battery, range and charging of this pioneering model in the Skoda range.

The vehicle tested in Ireland was a heavily disguised prototype built upon Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform. There will be a choice of three battery sizes and five power variants, with an EV range of up to 500 km (WLTP) depending on model. Fast charging also features.

The Enyaq will stay true to Skoda brand principles of offering more for less with a space saving layout for a roomy cabin, the latest infotainment and connectivity, as well as the brand’s famed ‘Simply Clever’ features. There’s a 585 litre boot.

The Enyaq is the brand's first all electric SUV
The Enyaq is the brand’s first all electric SUV

How far will the Skoda Enyaq take you on a full charge?

Depending on the version chosen, either the rear wheels or all four wheels are driven. In the entry-level versions, a rear motor drives the rear wheels, while the more powerful versions will feature a second electric motor at the front to transmit torque to the road even more efficiently. In its most powerful variant, the Enyaq will be able to tow loads of up to 1,200 kg.

The Skoda Enyaq iV 50 will mark the entry into the range with a 55 kWh battery offering a maximum range of up to 340 km. This range increases up to 390 km in the Enyaq iV 60 fitted with a 62 kWh battery. The rear-wheel-drive Enyaq iV 80 delivers the highest range of up to 500 km with an 82 kWh battery. There will also be a four wheel drive ’80X’ version and a four wheel drive performance ‘RS’ model! The top-of-the-range model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km/h. The maximum range of both all-wheel-drive variants is up to 460 km.

The Enyaq is expected here in 2021
The Enyaq is expected here in 2021

Charging options for the new Enyaq

Charging the Enyaq can be done in three different ways. At home using a household plug, a wall box delivering up to 11 kW (takes 6-8 hours depending on battery) or using public DC fast-charging stations with a charging output of 125 kW. These can recharge the battery from 10% to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes.

ModelDriveBatteryRange km
ŠKODA ENYAQ iV 50Rear55 kWh340
ŠKODA ENYAQ iV 60Rear62 kWh390
ŠKODA ENYAQ iV 80Rear82 kWh500