By Breda Corrigan
The all-new Skoda ENYAQ Coupe iV is based on the Vision iV concept introduced in 2019, and it features an elegant, timeless design with clean lines and the sporty silhouette of a coupe. Shaped to achieve superior aerodynamic efficiency, the ENYAQ Coupe iV is distinguished from the regular ENYAQ iV not only by its silhouette, but also by its body-colour sills, distinctive bumpers, and stylish rear spoiler. The all-electric ENYAQ Coupe iV’s dominant characteristics are its long range, zero emissions, state-of-the-art technology, and a dynamic driving experience. Depending on specification, the ENYAQ Coupé has a range of up to 545 km on the WLTP combined driving cycle. There is a choice of two battery sizes, rear- and all-wheel drive, plus power outputs ranging from 180hp to 295hp. Prices start from €56,710 inclusive of a 3-year maintenance and tyre plan.
Light & Airy Cabin.
A panoramic glass roof is standard for the ENYAQ Coupe iV. The front and rear windscreens form a unified design unit, adding to the car’s attractiveness. The panoramic roof is fixed, and it is separated from the front and rear screens by padded cross-bars. From the inside, the panoramic roof takes up most of the ceiling area and it makes the cabin light and airy in the process, while a thermodynamic coating ensures that temperatures within the cabin are pleasant at all times. Just as with the regular ENYAQ iV, the coupé is available with the optional Crystal Face where the vertical ribs of the striking Skoda grille are illuminated by 131 LEDs, while a horizontal light strip rounds off the car’s stunning look.
Trim & Battery Options.
The car’s battery cells are incorporated into the floor, and this lowers the car’s centre of gravity, which is important when driving around bends and for preserving the maximum amount of space for passengers and cargo. Two battery capacities are available: 62kWh and 82kWh, with usable capacities of 58kWh and 77kWh respectively. These are the basis for the names of the different versions of the car: iV 60 and iV 80 – both of which send power to the rear wheels, with the 80X variant (Coupe iV & Sportline iV only) benefitting from an all-wheel drive drivetrain. In terms of specification, the ENYAQ COUPÉ closely mirrors that of its SUV sibling, with Coupe iV (60 & 80), Sportline iV (60 & 80) and flagship RS (80 only) versions on offer.
Power & Charging Options.
Power output starts at 180hp with the rear-wheel-drive ENYAQ Coupe iV 60. The ENYAQ Coupe iV 80, also rear-wheel-drive, produces 204hp from its 82-kWh battery. In addition to this larger battery, the ENYAQ Coupe 80X features a second motor on the front axle, making it all-wheel-drive, with a system output of 265hp. The outstanding aerodynamics of the ENYAQ Coupe contribute to the car’s high level of efficiency. Meanwhile, the low drag coefficient has a positive impact on the vehicle’s maximum range, which is up to 545 km WLTP for the ENYAQ Coupe 80. Charging the ENYAQ Coupe’s batteries from 0-100% can be done via a domestic 7kW wallbox in 9.5 hours or 13 hours for the iV 60 and iV 80 respectively, but the charging times drop to just over 6 hours and 7.5 hours respectively via an 11kW wallbox charger. However, at a public DC fast charging station, the car can achieve a 5-80% charge in as little as 29 minutes (model and battery dependent).
Inspired By Modern Living.
The interior is defined by the Design Selections which are inspired by modern living environments and use natural, sustainably processed and recycled materials. With the exception of the 5.3-inch Digital Cockpit, which displays the most important driving information, everything else takes place on a central 13-inch colour touchscreen. The intuitive infotainment system provides access to Skoda Connect, SmartLink, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, and many other services, while the standard touch-slider can be used to change the music volume, zoom in and out of the navigation map, or change the air-conditioning temperature. Additionally, the system comes with a DAB radio, 2 x USB-C ports and 8 speakers as standard. The 2.77m wheelbase in the ENYAQ Coupe provides the driver and passengers with terrific levels of leg, elbow and head room, so that every journey can be completed in spacious luxury. The cavernous boot in the ENYAQ Coupe iV has a floor area of 1m squared, with a volume of 570-litres behind the rear seats, and it comes with a variable boot floor, cable storage bag, cargo restraint system and useful hooks to keep items in place.
Key Standard Equipment.
Standard specification across all trim variants includes: 19-inch “Proteus’ alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, LED headlights & tail lights, LED daytime running lights, chrome window surrounds, radiator grille with chrome surround, body-coloured door sills and bumpers, rear spoiler, Climatronic dual-zone air-conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, keyless start/stop, front & rear parking sensors, rear view camera, power-folding door mirrors, auto lights & wipers, 13-inch touchscreen display, navigation system, Bluetooth & voice control, Smartlink (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), DAB radio, fabric & leatherette upholstery, front centre armrest, rear centre armrest, leather multi-function steering wheel, LED ambient lighting & footwell lights, ‘Welcome’ logo projection, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, multiple airbags, and a seat belt warning system, along with a host of driver assistance systems. Sportline and RS specifications attract an even higher level of standard equipment.
Test Car Details.
My test car was a Skoda ENYAQ Coupe iV 80, which was finished in Brilliant Silver metallic paint, with optional Cognac Brown Leather upholstery and interior trim. Also included was an optional ‘Advanced Pack’ which incorporates a heads-up display, ‘Crystal Face’ illuminated front grille, heated windscreen, heated front & rear seats, and a Canton sound system. The ENYAQ Coupe iV 80 is a dynamic performer and, thanks to its 204hp and 310Nm of instant torque, it can complete a 0-100km/h sprint in just 8.5-seconds, on its way to an electronically-limited 160km/h top speed. The car feels refined and self-assured on the road, and a well-judged suspension set-up ensures that rutted road surfaces are soaked up in a composed manner. The steering is well-weighted and precise in its operation, and this makes manoeuvring in and out of parking spaces a simple task – a task that is greatly aided by the standard front & rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. The ENYAQ Coupe takes motorway driving in its stride and, with the provision of ample mid-range punch from the electric motor, overtaking slower moving traffic becomes a safe and predictable exercise. Thanks to multiple seat and steering wheel adjustment options, It is easy to find a perfect driving position, and the height-adjustable centre armrest enhances the relaxed driving experience.
Verdict & Pricing.
The new Skoda ENYAQ Coupe iV is a truly impressive fully-electric SUV-Coupe in every way – from its handsome good looks, to its plush and spacious cabin, cavernous boot, and generous equipment tally across all trim variants. It has a good real-world driving range, and it has a 1,000kg braked-trailer towing capacity in rear-wheel drive format, and this increases to 1,200kg in all-wheel drive guise. Pricing for the new Skoda ENYAQ Coupe iV starts at just €53,210 (iV 60, inclusive of an SEAI Grant of €3,500 for private buyers, where applicable) with my test car specification priced from €62,685 (quoted prices are on-the-road, including a tyre and maintenance plan). A 3-year/150,000km warranty comes as standard, along with 3-years Roadside Assistance and an 8-year battery warranty (T’s & C’s apply).