Boxy brother of the coupé: Skoda Enyaq RS iV - a sports car with lots of space

The Skoda Enyaq RS iV Coupé is getting a sporty brother: From January, interested buyers can choose between the more dynamic hatchback version and the classic Enyaq SUV.

Boxy brother of the coupé: Skoda Enyaq RS iV - a sports car with lots of space

The Skoda Enyaq RS iV Coupé is getting a sporty brother: From January, interested buyers can choose between the more dynamic hatchback version and the classic Enyaq SUV. The technical differences are small. And even the price is almost identical.

Two instead of one top version in the Enyaq model family. The demand for the sporty RS variants is high, so doubling it can make sense for the VW subsidiary. From January, the Enyaq RS iV Coupé will be joined by the slightly boxier normal version with a slightly larger trunk volume, although the difference is marginal, 585 to 1710 liters compared to 570 to 1610 liters for the Coupé.

So if you constantly transport washing machines, refrigerators and other cabinets, you should rather use the normal Skoda SUV. Otherwise the taste decides. And not much is happening with the prices either, with a base price of around 62,000 euros you have to reckon with in both cases.

Another thing they have in common: Anyone who sits behind the wheel will notice practically no difference between the two sporty electric cars, apart from looking in the rear-view mirror. In other words, the 4.65 meter long Enyaq RS iV is powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 220 kW/299 hp and a maximum torque of 460 Nm across all four wheels.

Its battery also has a net capacity of 77 kWh. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and is limited to 180 km/h. Skoda specifies the WLTP consumption as 16.9 to 17.8 kWh per 100 kilometers. After a good 100-kilometer test drive on Spanish motorways and country roads, the display showed a value of 21.5 kWh - that's within the range of comparable electric cars. The standard range is 517 kilometers, with our consumption we would have traveled around 350 kilometers.

The Enyaq is equipped with MacPherson struts with triangular wishbones at the front and a multi-link axle with five wishbones and a torsion stabilizer at the rear. The chassis is basically quite tightly tuned, even in the "Normal" driving mode, the strong Czech showed little commitment on wavy and bumpy passages. In sport mode it's a bit rougher - but the two electric motors react even more emphatically to the signals from the accelerator pedal.

There is plenty of space for passengers in the Enyaq, and fortunately operation is a bit easier than with the closely related VW ID.4. For example, the gear selector button in the form of a small knob on the center tunnel can be operated intuitively. And the driver is pleased to learn that he can easily adjust the infotainment volume on the steering wheel.

For the interior, Skoda offers the choice between the more modern RS Lounge with carbon inserts and the somewhat more conservative RS Suite with full genuine leather equipment. The exterior is based on the first RS coupe. In other words: there are black body accents, an illuminated radiator grille with a crystal look and 20 or 21-inch wheels in a special aero design. And of course the newcomer is also offered in poisonous mamba green.

Another important point in every electric car is identical to the brand's first RS iV: the time that the user has to spend at the charging station. Skoda promises a maximum charging capacity of 135 kW and 36 minutes to fill the battery from 10 to 80 percent.

According to the manufacturer, if you click the plug in when the charge level is 5 percent, you can reach a range of 100 kilometers in 6 minutes. In addition, the Enyaq RS iV Plug

In January 2023, Skoda will not only open the order books for the newcomer, the first copies will also be delivered almost at the same time.

Skoda Enyaq RS iV - specifications

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