In addition to the many variations available, the Skoda Enyaq is now available in an 80x version with two electric motors. We take the wheel in preview on his native land.
First electric SUV from the firm of Mlada Boleslav, the Skoda Enyaq iV is the perfect technical cousin of Volkswagen ID.4, with which it shares its MEB platform. This exchange of technologies anchored in the philosophy of the group allows the Skoda to recover the technical innovations coming from Wolfsburg.
Two different mechanics
Launched with a range made up of several engines, the Skoda Enyaq iV now adopts the 80x badge. It is the first of the line to receive the double electric motorization, which gives it an all-wheel drive, but also a combined power of 265 hp (195 kW) for 425 Nm of torque. Designed for electrical transmission, the MEB platform offers great technical flexibility. In addition to the 204 hp (150 kW) synchronous electric motor for 310 Nm initially installed, there is now an asynchronous unit of 108 hp (80 kW) for 162 Nm of torque.
This technical configuration allows the electric SUV to retain rear propulsion in most cases, and particularly on motorways with a higher rotation speed. But depending on the needs or the driving mode selected on the Driving Mode Select, the front engine provides support.
In quiet driving, the 80x version does not stand out from the other versions. But the plumage is up to the ramage when it comes to raising the tone with this Sportline version, which benefits in particular from a Sport chassis lowered by 15 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear on the rear. ‘Huge 21 inch rims. Despite their presence, comfort is preserved thanks to the quality of the suspension, but also to the relatively soft seats. The peace of mind on board is simply disturbed by the rolling noises of the huge 235/45 tires, the air noises being properly controlled even on the motorway.
Raising the tone on the road, the Enyaq iV 80x quickly shows its capabilities. The 204 hp of the standard versions never showed themselves to the trouble, but the superior cavalry makes it possible to erase the mass of 2195 kg even more, that is to say 88 kg more than its counterpart with single engine. And for good reason: the 0-100 km / h communicated by Skoda gained 1.8 seconds to drop to 6.9 seconds. In terms of times, we timed the SUV in 4.9 s on the exercise of 80-120 km / h in normal mode, or in 4.6 s in Sport mode. It does almost as well as a BMW iX3 (a tenth of a difference in both cases), with a weight / power ratio of 7.9 kg / hp, however more favorable than that of the Enyaq (8.28 kg / hp).
A ramage at the height of the plumage
On the rare bends in the countryside on the outskirts of Prague, the transmission seemed unbreakable to us, effectively channeling the phenomena of understeer, very often natural on this kind of SUV. On lateral movements, the Enyaq also cuts a good figure compared to our habits and will not disturb the passengers, even in this Sportline finish: despite more rigorous downforce, the SUV still allows itself a slight roll in order to favor comfort. on board, but without reaching the level of a sometimes lazy Kodiaq, for example.
But it is more the consistency of the brake pedal that disturbs in these conditions (or even in town) with too long a stroke and a very slight hesitation in the attack between friction or regenerative braking. The latter can be configured according to three power levels. Auto mode, associated with mapping, modulates deceleration independently. Its management is efficient, but regularly shows an excess of caution when approaching certain curves. This makes it necessary to take up the “gas” well before the turn, which is not really optimal for limiting consumption.
An average autonomy observed of 370 km
For this test, we have defined a mixed route combining motorway sections with the secondary network, passing through villages or the Czech capital, regularly congested even when it is deserted by tourists for reasons that we know.
At the end of a journey of 167 km (at an average speed of 53 km / h), we recorded an average of 20.8 kWh / 100 km precisely. Which, with a battery of 77 kWh of net capacity, offers a theoretical range of 370 km. In the absence of our ever-consuming recovery measures, the 400 km bar would be within reach of the Enyaq. This is 100 km less compared to the WLTP value communicated by Skoda.
Between the lines of our average, the Skoda Enyaq iV 80x recorded a consumption of 21.5 kWh on the highway (at 120 km / h on average over a portion of 50 km), with all peripherals and equipment in operation. This is still less than the Volkswagen ID.4, whose larger Cx of 0.28 (against 0.26 for the Enyaq) explains its higher fuel consumption. But remember that the single engine version of the Enyaq iV 80 admitted an average of 20.3 kWh / 100 km during its test.
Like the latter, the all-wheel-drive version offers an 11 kW AC on-board charger and a 125 kW quick-charge system. According to the manufacturer, it can fill up from 5% to 80% in 38 minutes on a suitable terminal. You still have to put your hand in your pocket: the 125 kW charger, necessary to perfect the versatility of this family model at ease on the motorway, is available as an option at a price of 525 € (limited to 50 kW in series)! The option automatically unlocks Skoda’s Charge Faster offer, which is then free (that’s the least of it). It allows owners to benefit from a preferential price of € 0.30 / min compared to charging stations, i.e. € 11.40 for 250 km of range.
The choice of versatility
By adopting a second electric motor, the Skoda Enyaq iV 80x offers more consistent pickups than its rear-engine counterpart. Bringing a little more weight, the second engine comes in reinforcement as needed, leaving the rear engine to act alone where consumption generally increases: autonomy is not sacrificed, performance and dynamic behavior are more interesting, and this transmission will certainly be useful on snowy days.
For the moment alone in the world, this all-wheel drive version of the Skoda Enyaq will quickly rub shoulders with the Korean duo represented by the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6, both available with two engines for an output over 300 hp. The Nissan Ariya should not be neglected either, even if its consumption is already expected to be higher (460 km of range with a battery of 87 kWh net). It remains to know the price of this 80x version of the Enyaq iV, which will be marketed during the summer. As a reminder, the 80 version in Sportline finish starts at a price of € 50,330. An extension will therefore be expected, which will always let it evolve in the last installment of the ecological bonus.
- Pleasant driving pleasure
- Generous roominess
- Neat finish
- Touching the brake pedal
- Price list that becomes salty
- Charge DC 125 kW en option (!)