The new Skoda Enyaq Coupé on test for Changing Lanes

Skoda Enyaq Coupé Review

Read Caroline's Skoda Enyaq Coupé review for everything you need to know about buying Skoda's new stylish electric SUV in Ireland.

The Skoda Enyaq has been one of the Skoda brand's most high profile new cars of recent years. The all-electric SUV has helped Skoda take another leap forward in design and quality, along with some very capable electric underpinnings and battery technology.

Now Skoda Ireland has expanded the range with the arrival of the new Enyaq Coupé, an even more stylish and desirable SUV-coupé based on the Enyaq.

It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €51,329 on the road with two batteries available, single and dual motor versions, and up to 552 kilometres of range (WLTP) depending on model.

The new Skoda Enyaq Coupé on test for Changing Lanes
The new Skoda Enyaq Coupé on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the Skoda Enyaq Coupé?

The Enyaq Coupé shares much with the Enyaq SUV but packages it all in a sportier and sleeker package. The difference is the roof slopes down sharply at the rear, giving more 'coupé-like' grace to the Enyaq's design.

It is a very handsome car and shows the trajectory that Skoda has taken as a brand to make cars with real style and presence. The test car featured the Advanced Pack (€9,153), which adds many desirable features and the 'Crystal face' illuminated grille. Fancy!

Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera and a panoramic sunroof.

There's also a Sportline version available with 20-inch alloy wheels, sportier bumpers, and black detailing.

The top of the range Enyaq Coupé RS is the most powerful of the range with 295hp, the first ever all-electric Skoda RS model.

But it's the interior of the Enyaq Coupé that really helps this car to command attention.

The interior of the new Enyaq Coupé
The interior of the new Enyaq Coupé

Inside the Enyaq Coupé

Firstly the Enyaq Coupé is huge inside. Skodas are notorious for space and practicality!

The standard fit panoramic sunroof gives a light and pleasant atmosphere for all passengers. The footwells in the back are very large and this SUV should work well as a family car.

There's no real compromise for that coupé-style sloping roofline. Boot volume only goes down about 15 litres compared to the standard Enyaq. At 570 litres, it's huge! A powered tailgate is available.

Up front, the Enyaq Coupé offers a great cabin experience. The quality is very good with lots of soft touch panels and a sincere lack of scratchy plastic. It's minimalist in its design but wraps around the driver nicely all the same.

A 13-inch touchscreen comes as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Like many Volkswagen Group products, the ventilation controls are operated from the screen. It looks good but a few extra switches and dials would be a useful addition.

But generally this is a magnificent cabin.

Rear legroom in the Enyaq Coupé
Rear legroom in the Enyaq Coupé

Driving the Enyaq Coupé iV 80

The range kicks off with the Enyaq Coupé iV 60 (from €51,329 OTR) that uses a 58kWh battery to give a range of up to 403 kilometres (WLTP). The power output is 180hp.

For more power (204hp) and range (552 kilometres WLTP), there's the iV 80 with a 77kWh battery (from €62,685). There's also a dual motor version available, the iV 80X 4x4.

I was driving the iV 80 single motor, rear wheel drive and it impresses for its range and cruising ability with good refinement making for a pleasant drive. It is quite firmly sprung so picks up little imperfections in the road surface and never really entirely settles down beneath you.

It has been designed to be sportier than the Enyaq but that's not really where it excels. The handling and steering is just fine for a large electric SUV, but it feels too heavy for any real enthusiastic driving. It's plenty powerful though with smooth, swift acceleration.

It also seems quite efficient for its size, averaging about 18 kWh per 100 kilometres during my test drive. It's easy to achieve over 400 kilometres on a full battery charge.

The iV 80 has DC fast charging up to 135kW. AC charging is possible up to 11kW.

The Skoda Enyaq Coupé is a stylish and versatile SUV-coupé
The Skoda Enyaq Coupé is a stylish and practical SUV-coupé

Did you like it?

The Skoda Enyaq Coupé brings exclusive style and even more desirability to the Enyaq range. It also shares many of the Enyaq's great qualities - a nice cabin, spacious interior, big boot, and excellent range and battery technology.

Ride comfort is not perfect in the Enqaq Coupé but if it's style and exclusivity you're after wrapped up in the familiarity of a Skoda - then it has to be the Enyaq Coupé!

Model tested: Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV 80 
Price: 
€62,685 OTR 
Battery:
  77kWh
Range: 552 km (WLTP)
Power: 204hp
Top speed: 160 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.5 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Enyaq Coupé iV80 can be charged up to 135kW.
The Enyaq Coupé iV80 can be charged up to 135kW.

The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq

ŠKODA Karoq Pricing For Ireland (2022)

The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq
The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq

The ŠKODA Karoq has been updated for 2022 and is available to order now.

ŠKODA Ireland has confirmed that the updated Karoq will go on sale priced from €33,750.

What's new for the Karoq in 2022?

Updates for 2022 include a more refined design language, sustainable materials, new technologies and a choice of efficient latest-generation EVO engines. It will be available in three trim lines - Ambition, Style and Sportline.

Since the launch of the Karoq in Ireland in 2017, more than 5,000 have found homes here. It was the brand's third most delivered model in the ŠKODA range in Ireland in 2021, after the Octavia and the Kodiaq.

New design details include a wider, now hexagonal ŠKODA grille, restyled front and rear aprons, as well as slimmer and sharper LED headlights and tail lights. The daytime running lights are now split in two. For the first time, the Karoq can be equipped with full-LED Matrix headlights - standard on Style and Sportline models.

Aerodynamics has been improved by more than 9% by new alloy wheels with Aero inserts, a longer rear spoiler, side finlets on the rear window and the now covered underbody.

The interior of the new Karoq
The interior of the new Karoq

There's also an increased range of assistance and safety systems.

Inside there is new decorative trim and upholstery options, which can be made from sustainable materials if selected. For example, in the Eco pack, the seat covers are partly made from recycled plastic juice bottles.

Optional extras to increase comfort include enhanced LED ambient lighting (standard on Style and Sportline models), which now also illuminates the rear door trim in one of ten colours, and the electrically adjustable front-passenger seat including a memory function.

Engines include one diesel and two petrol options, delivering power outputs ranging from 110bhp to 150bhp.

Pricing for the ŠKODA Karoq in Ireland

Model FuelTransmissionGearsAMBITIONSTYLESPORTLINE
1.0TSI 110hpPetrolManual6-speed€33,750€37,750---
1.5TSI 150hpPetrolManual6-speed€35,975€41,495€43,770
1.5TSI 150hp DSGPetrolDSG (Auto)7-speed€38,360€43,585€45,855
2.0TDI 115hpDieselManual6-speed€34,900€39,420€41,225
2.0TDI 115hp DSGDieselDSG (Auto)7-speed€38,040€41,875€43,695
2.0TDI 150hpDieselManual6-speed€36,590€40,975€43,130
2.0TDI 150hp DSG 4X4DieselDSG (Auto)7-speed---€50,140---

 

The Karoq is available to order in Ireland now
The Karoq is available to order in Ireland now

The SKODA Enyaq is now on sale in Ireland

Skoda Enyaq Review (2022)

The SKODA Enyaq is now on sale in Ireland
The ŠKODA Enyaq is now on sale in Ireland

Read Caroline's Skoda Enyaq review for everything you need to know about Skoda's first electric SUV in Ireland.

The SKODA Enyaq has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale now priced from €37,465 including grants and VRT relief. Caroline was at the press launch in Dublin to find out more about the new Enyaq and bring it for a first drive on Irish roads.

What's so special about the Skoda Enyaq?

ŠKODA's first all-electric model takes the shape of an elegant SUV. It will arrive here in two flavours at launch - Enyaq iV 60 and Enyaq iV 80 - with two different battery capacities and WLTP range. The entry Enyaq iV 60 has a WLTP range of up to 412 km. The Enyaq iV 80 has enhanced equipment levels with a WLTP range of up to 535 km. It's priced from €44,712.

ŠKODA has also indicated that a SportLine version - and an all-wheel drive 80x version - will be launched in 2022. Pricing and specifications to be confirmed at a later date.

Styling

The new Enyaq marks a new direction for the brand but it is still recognisably and reassuringly ŠKODA. It has the presence of a large SUV, with a particularly stylish front end. LED headlights and 19" to 21" alloy wheel sizes complete the look!

Interior

There is an air of serenity inside the cabin of the Enyaq. This car surely does live up to its inspirational name! The Enyaq has a high quality cabin with a real premium feel. It's a real step up for the ŠKODA brand once again. There are plenty of soft touch materials and a lounge like feel that makes it a great family car. A 13" touchscreen comes as standard in the centre of the dash with navigation, voice control and Smartlink for smartphone connectivity.

The interior of the new SKODA Enyaq
The interior of the new ŠKODA Enyaq

Is it practical?

Space inside the new Skoda Enyaq is excellent. It measures 4,649 millimetres long and 1,879 wide. So the Enyaq delivers the space and practicality customers have come to expect from ŠKODA’s SUV models. There is seating for five and a flat floor in the rear. The rear footwells are an impressive size and the boot can hold 585-litres of luggage. This can be extended to 1,710 litres with the rear seats folded.

Battery, performance and range

The entry level 62 kWh battery model is equipped with a 180PS (132kW) motor that drives the rear wheels through a single-speed transmission. It has a WLTP combined range of up to 412 km on a single charge. The larger 82kWh model generates 204PS (150kW) and is capable of returning up to 535 km on a single charge (WLTP).

Driving it

The new Skoda Enyaq iV is the first ŠKODA production model to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform. We had limited time to explore the Enyaq's on the road performance but we did notice a few things that are a good early indication. The Enyaq feels effortless to drive with light steering making it ideal for town. Out on the motorway it cruises fine, offering good refinement and comfort. There's plenty of power to play with and driving modes to alter the experience behind the wheel. With its low centre of gravity due to the battery installed in the floor, it feels safe and solid on the road.

The Enyaq iV 80 has a range of over 500 km (WLTP)
The Enyaq iV 80 has a range of over 500 km (WLTP)

What about charging the Skoda Enyaq?

The Enyaq can be charged at home from a wallbox (takes 9-13 hours with 7.2 kW wallbox, depending on model) or using the public charging network. 50 kW charging is possible (70 minutes to a full charge) with 100 kW and 125 kW available as an option.

ŠKODA has also launched PowerPass for accessing the public charging network. A mobile app and card enables customers to locate and access more than 1,667 charging points across Ireland. This includes the ESB network. It also provides some of the most competitive rates for IONITY DC fast charging. PowerPass knows if charge points are available or occupied and provides access to charging points in Northern Ireland, Britain and the EU.

Pricing

Priced from €37,465 inclusive of grants and rebates, the entry Enyaq 60 has a WLTP range of up to 412 km. The Enyaq 80 has enhanced equipment levels with a WLTP range of up to 535 km. It's priced from €44,712.

Equipment

The Enyaq iV is offered exclusively with a service and maintenance package including replacement tyres.

Standard equipment on Enyaq 60 includes 19" alloys, 13" touchscreen infotainment, lane assist, turn assist and front assist. There's also dual zone air con, cruise control, keyless start/stop. rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and black roof rails.

The Enyaq 80 adds more power and range as well as chrome window surrounds and chrome roof rails, rear view camera, 2-spoke leather heated steering wheel, and drive mode select.

Rivals
The new Enyaq will rival large electric SUVs like the Volkswagen ID.4 and upcoming Nissan Ariya.

Did you like it?

The ŠKODA Enyaq is one of the big releases of 2021, an electric blockbuster in its own right.

It arrives hot on the heels of ŠKODA's most recent suite of electrified models including the new Superb and Octavia plug-in hybrids.

The game has truly moved on when ŠKODA combines their knack in creating big, practical, good value cars with electric power. The Enyaq features some of the best quality of the ŠKODA range with a chic design feel to it that makes it stand out.

We look forward to bringing you a more detailed review of the new ŠKODA Enyaq later in the year!

On sale now priced from €37,465
On sale now priced from €37,465

Caroline Kidd


The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!

Škoda Octavia (2020) Goes On Sale In Ireland

The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!
The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!

The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia has arrived in Ireland, priced from €23,950 for the hatchback and from €25,450 for the Combi estate model.

The Octavia is consistently one of Ireland's bestselling cars since it first arrived in 1998, with 65,000 bought by Irish customers since market launch.

What's new for the 2020 ŠKODA Octavia?

The fourth generation of the ŠKODA Octavia has just arrived promising more space, technology and quality than ever before. The new model is longer and wider than the car it replaces with a larger boot. The Combi’s boot capacity has increased by 30 litres to 640 litres. The hatchback has a capacity of 600 litres, which is 10 litres more than the previous generation.

A new design language gives a sharper and more modern look. LED light technology for low beam, high beam and daytime running lights features as standard across the range, as do LED taillights, brake lights and fog lights. Alloy wheels up to 19" are available, with new colours including Crystal Black, Lava Blue and Titanium Blue.

There's also a new interior with more connectivity and driver assistance systems to improve comfort and safety. A new two-spoke steering wheel, which can be heated as an option and – if ordered as a multifunction variant – comes with new control buttons and knurled scroll wheels, allowing drivers to operate a total of 14 different functions without removing their hands.

The dashboard, which has also been redesigned, is modular and has been arranged in different levels, featuring a large, free-standing central display. There are new soft-touch materials for a more premium look, and LED ambient lighting in a choice of ten different colours. The 4.2-inch multifunction Maxi DOT 16-colour display comes as standard and tri-zone Climatronic makes its debut in this latest generation of the Octavia. There is a choice of four infotainment systems with screens measuring from 8.25 to 10 inches, and a Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard display.

The interior of the new Octavia
The interior of the new Octavia

New technology and design

The new Octavia is the first ŠKODA to use shift-by-wire technology for operating the DSG automatic gearbox, which electronically transmits the driver’s gear selection to the transmission. In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is a new control module located in the centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting drive modes, as well as a button for the parking mode.

A whole range of new safety systems such as Collision-Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist, Exit Warning and the local Traffic Warning function are also making their debut in the new Octavia in 2020.

The new Octavia is launched in Ireland with petrol and diesel engines, with a petrol plug-in hybrid to join before the end of the year and a new high performance Octavia RS iV. Some of the petrol engines are now equipped with mild-hybrid technology.

Engines include choice of 1.0-litre 110 bhp TSI petrol and 1.0-litre 110 bhp mild hybrid. There's also a 2.0-litre TDI 115 bhp diesel and 2.0-litre 150 bhp DSG automatic.

Pricing and equipment for Ireland

Prices start from €23,950 for the 1.0-litre TSI petrol Active model as a hatchback. The 1.0-litre TSI DSG mild hybrid starts from €28,250 in Ambition trim.

The 2.0-litre TDI 115 bhp model starts from €28,750 in Ambition trim.

Standard equipment on Active models includes 16” Twister alloy wheel, LED headlights, LED tail-lights, manual air conditioning, keyless go, front assist, lane assist, Bluetooth phone / audio streaming, 8” infotainment system and trailer hitch preparation.

Ambition models add 17” Rotate alloy wheels, LED tail-lights with dynamic indicators, dual zone Climatronic, cruise control, power folding exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors and camera, front and centre armrest and Smartlink.

The Style model adds 18” Perseus alloy wheels, KESSY Keyless Entry/Go, chrome window surrounds, chrome front grille inserts and silver roof rails (Combi). There is also the Virtual Cockpit, 10” Columbus navigation system and the Style interior pack (Comfort design front seats, fabric wrapped dashboard and chrome interior surrounds).

ŠKODA Ireland Head of Marketing, Raymond Leddy, said:

“The new Octavia is a palpable leap in terms of quality and refinement. There is a more upmarket feel to the car, and it is now pushing closer to the executive segment, yet with the value that ŠKODA customers have now come to expect.

The new Octavia is available as a hatchback or estate
The new Octavia is available as a hatchback or estate

The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will arrive in Ireland in April 2021

Skoda Enyaq Will Arrive in 2021

 

 

The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will arrive in Ireland in April 2021
The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will arrive in Ireland in April 2021

ŠKODA Ireland has confirmed that the new ŠKODA ENYAQ all electric SUV will arrive in Ireland in April of 2021. The news comes as the first official images of the new SUV are released.

For the Irish market – there will be ENYAQ iV 50 (55kWh battery, 340km range), the ENYAQ iV 60 (62kWh battery, 390km range) and the ENYAQ iV 80 (82kWh battery, 510km range). We now have the first indication of how these models will be equipped, though pricing is yet to be announced.

The brand has confirmed that the ENYAQ iV 50 (55kWh) comes with 18” steel wheels, LED headlights, dual-zone Climatronic, keyless go with cruise control, a 10” infotainment system, Bluetooth, Smartlink and 4-speakers.

Moving up to the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV 60 (62kWh) will add 19” alloy wheels, a rear parking sensor, power-folding mirrors/rain sensor wipers, black roof rails, a front centre armrest and a 13" infotainment system with eight speakers.

The interior of the new ENYAQ
The interior of the new ENYAQ

The ENYAQ iV 80 / 80x (82kWh - 80x comes with 4WD) also has 19” alloy wheels, a front parking sensor, rear-view camera, chrome surrounding the windows and on the roof rails, a heated steering wheel and Drive Mode Select. The ENYAQ iV 80 is expected to make up the bulk of sales, followed by the ENYAQ iV 60.

ŠKODA Ireland Brand Director, John Donegan, said, “Despite the economic and industry challenges, we are confident of achieving our long-stated aim of achieving fourth position in the Irish market for 2020. With the arrival of the new Octavia this September we are determined to maintain this position in 2021.

By the end of 2022, ŠKODA will have more than ten electric or partially electric iV models in our range. This portfolio of new models, together with our strong dealer network and partnership with Volkswagen Financial Services puts the ŠKODA brand in an ideal position to challenge for the number two position in the Irish car market.”

Ireland will receive 270 units of the ŠKODA ENYAQ in 2021 with demand expected to outstrip supply of this new model. First to arrive will be the 80 models, followed closely by the 60 models and then the 50 a month later.

The ENYAQ is the brand's first electric SUV
The ENYAQ is the brand's first electric SUV

The new Skoda Kodiaq on test in Ireland

Skoda Enyaq Comes To Ireland In 2021

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
ŠKODA ENYAQ iV 80XALL82 kWh460
ŠKODA ENYAQ iV RSALL82 kWh460

The 2020 Skoda Superb Sportline!

Škoda Superb Review

The 2020 Skoda Superb Sportline!
The 2020 Skoda Superb Sportline!

Read Caroline's Skoda Superb review for everything you need to know about buying Skoda's largest car.

The ŠKODA Superb is a bit of an Irish legend, loved for its huge cabin and ‘more for less’ pricing. The ŠKODA brand gets better and better and the company is now the fourth bestselling brand in Ireland. ŠKODA has a place in Irish hearts some brands can only dream of, backed up by cars that people want to own and drive. The Superb is one of Ireland’s favourite cars and over 18,000 of them have found homes in Ireland since it arrived here back in 2002.

In what could be interpreted as a nod of respect for the Irish grá for the ŠKODA brand, it has recently been announced that ŠKODA's first ever electric SUV will be called 'Enyaq'! Electrification is already a feature of the range with the arrival of the ŠKODA Superb iV plug-in hybrid.

The latest generation of the ŠKODA Superb arrived in Ireland in 2015 and is the most successful version of the car to date.

The interior of the new SKODA Superb Sportline
The interior of the new ŠKODA Superb Sportline

What’s new for the latest Superb?

ŠKODA has revamped the Superb range for 2020 with revised styling, updated interior and new features, as well as the addition of the new plug-in hybrid. The range goes on sale in Ireland from €30,985.

Other engine options include a 1.5-litre TSI petrol with 150 hp, a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 120 hp, and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 150 hp. 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic gearboxes are available. Diesels are available from €33,295.

My test car was a Superb 1.5-litre TSI DSG in Sportline trim with a list price of €39,955.

This is a very handsome car and looks ‘superb’ in Sportline trim, which adds sporty features such as a black radiator grille, black 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED Matrix headlights and a lowered sports chassis.

For the facelift, the grille is now larger with double slats and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. The headlights are narrower and come with LED technology as standard for the dipped and high beam. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim
connects the full LED tail lights, with ‘ŠKODA’ spelt out for the first time in block lettering.

Other trim lines include the entry level Active, followed by Ambition, Style, and the range topping L&K.

The 2020 ŠKODA Superb offers class-leading interior space!
The 2020 ŠKODA Superb offers class-leading interior space!

Inside the Superb

The Superb continues to set benchmarks for spaciousness in the segment with up to 625 litres of boot space. I exclaimed when I opened the boot! In my job I see lots of boots, but the Superb’s is surprisingly cavernous for a car that looks as elegant as this one.

It opens like a hatchback for extra practicality and access. It’s no wonder this car is so popular. Cabin space is also truly excellent and rear legroom best in class.

The interior is solidly built with new infotainment systems adding more modernity to the Superb range.

The Sportline model retails from €37,485 and adds sport seats with Alcantara®/leather, tri zone climate control, ambient lighting, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start, cruise control and aluminium pedals.

The Superb Sportline has great looks and image
The Superb Sportline has great looks and image

Driving the Superb Sportline

The Superb is all about big car comfort and refinement. It's got a fantastic transmission in the form of the DSG automatic gearbox mated to the 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine with 150 hp. Diesel used to be king in this segment but the Superb petrol does a fine job. It's smooth and quiet, though it does lack the punchy torque of a diesel. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.9l/100km so high mileage users will still want to look at the diesel.

Despite the rising popularity of SUVs, there is still a generous market for big cars like the ŠKODA Superb. While there is keen entry pricing into the range, the Superb no longer has to play the budget card because it's such a fine, desirable car. The Sportline trim is my pick of the bunch and draws plenty of admiring glances.

The Superb is ageing very well and now has renewed pep in its step with a refresh in styling and updated equipment in the cabin. A new plug-in hybrid certainly creates momentum around the Superb again, though the petrol model on test is still hugely relevant to buyers, as is the diesel option.

The Superb feels great to drive and is a 'superb' buy!

The Superb range is available in Ireland from €30,985
The Superb range is available in Ireland from €30,985

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: ŠKODA Superb Sportline 1.5 TSI 7-speed DSG
Price: 
€39,955 (from €30,985)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
150 hp
Torque: 250 Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.2 seconds
Top speed: 218 km/h
Fuel consumption (WLTP): 
6.0-6.9 l/100km
CO2 emissions:  
136-156g/km
Motor Tax: €270 per year


The new Skoda Superb iV!

Škoda Superb iV Plug-In Hybrid Arrives In Ireland

 

The new Skoda Superb iV!
The new ŠKODA Superb iV!

ŠKODA Ireland has announced the arrival of the new ŠKODA Superb iV in Ireland. The new Superb iV plug-in hybrid will go on sale from €40,350 (excluding delivery charges and inclusive of government grants for plug-in hybrids).

The Superb was revamped back in late 2019 and the new iV gets the same updates to styling, interior and equipment as the rest of the range.

This is the first time hybrid technology has been used in the Superb. The iV uses a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and an electric motor with a combined power of 218 hp. It is capable of travelling up to 62 km on pure electric power as confirmed in the WLTP test cycle. It is now the quickest car in the Superb range with 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of just 7.7 seconds. CO2 emissions are just 33-35 g/km. Annual road tax is €170 for the new Superb iV.

In addition to Sport mode, drivers can also select E-mode and Hybrid mode. In E-mode, the Superb iV is powered entirely by the electric motor. For safety, an E-noise sound generator creates a unique sound to alert pedestrians and cyclists.

The new Superb can travel up to 62 km on electric power only
The new Superb iV can travel up to 62 km on electric power only

In Hybrid mode, both power units work together, and their interplay is controlled electronically.

The Superb iV can be charged in about 3 hours with a 3.6 kW wall box. It takes about 5 hours using a standard household three pin plug socket. While moving, the Superb iV can also charge its battery or maintain the battery level using regenerative braking and also power from the petrol engine.

The SUPERB iV is offered as a Liftback (saloon) or Combi (estate). It's available in four trim levels - Ambition, Style, SportLine and L&K. Compared to the standard Superb, the iV has Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), as well as the most modern MIB infotainment systems coupled to digital dashboard displays.

Sales of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles have doubled in Ireland in the past two years to a total of 11,540 such vehicles registered in 2019. ŠKODA Ireland has advised customers to place their orders early to avoid disappointment, as availability will be limited to 250 units in 2020.

The ŠKODA Superb plug-in hybrid goes on sake from €40,350
The ŠKODA Superb plug-in hybrid goes on sake from €40,350

Commenting, John Donegan, Brand Director, ŠKODA Ireland, said:

“ŠKODA’s electric journey starts today with the Superb iV. The Superb iV offers the best of both worlds. The ability to plug-in and charge at home or work, means commuters in Naas, Drogheda, Navan or Greystones travelling to Dublin daily have the potential to commute, powered entirely by electricity. Plug-in hybrid vehicles offer significant advantages over so-called “self-charging hybrids” including significantly lower CO2 emissions and superior fuel economy.”

 AmbitionStyleSportlineL&K
Liftback€40,350€43,850€45,850€48,350
Combi€41, 850€45,350€47,350€49,850

 


The ŠKODA Vision iV concept that previews the new ENYAQ

Skoda Enyaq Is Brand's First Electric SUV

The badge for the new electric ŠKODA ENYAQ
The badge for the new electric ŠKODA ENYAQ

ŠKODA has confirmed that the name of the brand's first electric SUV will be ENYAQ. The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will be built based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform.

According to ŠKODA, the ‘E’ references electromobility, while the ‘Q’ is the final letter of ŠKODA’s SUV family - KODIAQ, KAROQ and KAMIQ.

There is also an Irish connection. The name of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ is derived from the Irish name ‘enya’, meaning ‘source of life’. Enya itself comes from the Irish Gaelic word ‘Eithne’, meaning ‘essence’, ‘spirit’ or ‘principle’. The brand says the significance for this new model is that the ‘source of life’ symbolises the car manufacturer’s entry into the new era of electromobility!

The ŠKODA ENYAQ will be the first of more than ten electric models that will be launched under the ŠKODA iV sub-brand by the end of 2022.

By 2025, ŠKODA expects all-electric vehicles and models with plug-in hybrid powertrains to account for 25% of sales.

By 2021, the car manufacturer will have invested two billion euros in the development of electric models and a holistic, interconnected ecosystem for modern and environmentally friendly mobility solutions.

Previous concept vehicles unveiled by ŠKODA, have provided accurate indications of subsequent designs of production models. The Vision iV concept vehicle shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019 is a clue to the appearance of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ.

Speaking at an undercover drive of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ at Castle Durrow, Co. Laois, Raymond Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product, ŠKODA Ireland said:

“We are delighted that ŠKODA’s new electric SUV will carry an Irish name. The ŠKODA brand has really resonated with Irish people, offering exceptional value, quality and functionality. Our “Made for Ireland” television campaign has been hugely successful and has helped propel the ŠKODA brand to fourth position in the Irish sales charts in January. We are very excited about the new ENYAQ and look forward to sharing details of this incredible car with our customers over the next few months”

The ŠKODA Vision iV concept that previews the new ENYAQ
The ŠKODA Vision iV concept that previews the new ENYAQ

The new SKODA Kamiq!

Skoda Kamiq Review

The new SKODA Kamiq!
The new Skoda Kamiq!

Read Caroline's Skoda Kamiq review for everything you need to know about buying Skoda's compact SUV in Ireland.

The new Skoda Kamiq completes an epic SUV trilogy for Skoda. Starting with the popular Kodiaq in 2017, joined by the mid size Karoq in 2018, and now the baby of the bunch – the petite but capable Kamiq! Small SUVs and crossovers are hot property these days and the Kamiq range kicks off at a very attractive €21,300.

The Kamiq is smart to look at, with compact, boxy dimensions. Skoda is quick to lift the car’s aesthetic features – split headlights featuring the daytime running lights above the main headlights, wide radiator grille, rear diffuser, elevated bonnet, front spoiler. Yet my favourite feature was the small dome in the bonnet that can be seen from the driver’s seat. In my eyes this is an unusually charismatic Skoda.

Built on the Volkswagen Group modular transverse matrix (MQB), Skoda has taken the platform and done some wonders with interior space. Compact crossovers can be very, eh, compact, but somehow the Kamiq feels like one of the most generous in the segment for rear head- and leg-room. The boot is also a good size for the segment with a capacity of 363 litres.

The interior of the new Kamiq
The interior of the new Kamiq

Inside the Kamiq

The Kamiq is also the second new model in the Skoda range after the Scala to debut Skoda’s new interior design. It’s quite chic and minimalist with great infotainment, technology and smartphone integration. The 10.25 inch Virtual Cockpit is an option. Material quality is good for the segment with some nice trim elements.

In Ireland at launch the Kamiq is available in three trim levels kicking off at €21,300 for the 1.0-litre TSI 95 hp Active, from €23,300 for the Ambition and from €25,300 for the Style. Other engine options include a 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol with 115 hp, a 1.5 TSI turbo petrol with 150 hp and a 1.6 TDI diesel with 115 hp. 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearboxes feature as does an excellent 7-speed DSG.

Standard equipment on Active and Ambition models includes the 6.5-inch ‘Swing’ touch screen infotainment system, LED headlights and tail lights, Lane Assist, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake and Predictive Pedestrian Protection, and Multi-Collision Braking.

My Style model has a high specification with equipment including 17” alloys, rear view camera, dual zone climate control, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, leather steering wheel, the 8.0-inch ‘Bolero’ infotainment unit and full LED headlights with AFS and dynamic front and rear indicators.

Smart, fun and functional - the new Kamiq
Smart, fun and functional - the new Kamiq

Driving the Kamiq

On the road drivers can enjoy an elevated seating position and light controls for a smooth and agile driving experience. The 1.0-litre 115 hp petrol engine suits this car very well and I was driving it in combination with the DSG automatic gearbox. It’s another stellar performance from this small engine/auto gearbox combination making it ideal for those seeking a small automatic for the city. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 6.5 l/100km and motor tax is currently €200 per year for this model.

Skoda has landed in the popular compact B-SUV segment with a really strong new model. The Kamiq has the charisma of a small off-roader and it’s a great addition to the Skoda range. It’s spacious inside for its size and the small petrol engine makes it good fun to drive. There’s good value to be had in the Kamiq range with some well-proven engines and gearbox options.

The new Kamiq has everything covered to storm the compact crossover segment!

New Kamiq available from €21,300
New Kamiq available from €21,300

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Škoda Kamiq Style 1.0 DSG
Price: 
€28,100
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
115 hp
Torque: 200 Nm
0-100km/h:  
10 seconds
Top speed: 193 km/h
Fuel consumption (WLTP):
5.5-6.8l/100km
CO2 emissions:
113g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year