Haak is not impressed. He describes the Model 3’s price and 310-mile range as 'vanilla', and insists that Skoda’s EV will have a broad range of talents, including being fun to drive, long of range and low in price. As it's a concept, the Vision E isn't road-ready, which is par for the course, as is its Model 3-matching 310km range, 301bhp and 112mph top speed, driven through two electric motors. But over the 200-metre, 15kph-max drive, it proved itself to be a convincing, if ambitious, plan.
Amusing though the figures are, they’re for a car which was only really meant to be gawped at on a motor show stand. It's a solid foundation upon which Skoda can pin its future.
The seating position is spot on; the pedals and seat, which all sprout out of a wood-veneer-finished, immaculately spotless and smooth floor, give that typically commanding SUV height, while the steering communicates the imperfections in the road surface adequately. Although admittedly on this drive, those imperfections were mere lines in an otherwise smooth, flat warehouse floor.
The Vision E’s 19in wheels and wide tyres scuff the wheel arch linings under full lock, but this noise and sensation is communicated through the steering wheel positively. Otherwise, it’s smooth and silent.
Inside, it’s like a glimpse into Skoda’s soul. An extremely uncluttered dashboard holds three large, wide screens, and is finished in a textured trim contrasting with the fabric on the doorcards, other parts of the dash and seats, and that wood floor.
The only decorative touches are crystal-design glass trim with geometric line patterns etched in – these are of particular beauty on the infotainment system’s scrolling wheel controller, the rear-view mirror surround and the dashboard divider, and are a much-celebrated nod to the brand’s Czech heritage.
Predictably, Skoda’s promises for the eventual model all point to an alluring mix; price, driver engagement, range, assistance and design are all where they ought to be, but the execution of the Vision E production model is yet to be seen.