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Bodystyle, dimensions and technical details

It’s a compliment to Skoda’s design team that it has handled the Volkswagen Group’s EV component set so well and come up with what might be the best-looking car of all its close relations. Needless to say, engineering-wise the Enyaq is extremely similar to its MEB platform mates, the ID 4 and Q4 E-tron.

It offers the same choice in under-floor battery packs. Here we’ve got the Enyaq 80 version, with 82kWh of total capacity, of which 77kWh is usable. A 62kWh (58kWh usable) version comes in the Enyaq 60, which offers a 250-mile WLTP claimed range instead of the 80’s 333-mile claim. It’s also slightly less powerful, with just 177bhp.

Due to the shared architecture, the Enyaq’s proportions are very similar to its VW Group family members’. A longer rear overhang aids practicality.

As in the related VW and Audi, the Enyaq’s main electric drive motor is carried at the back, but you can have an additional front motor – and four-wheel drive – in the 262bhp Sportline 80X or the upcoming 302bhp vRS performance model. Suspension is via a mix of front struts and rear multiple links, along with fixed- height steel coils, with wheel sizes ranging from 19 to 21in in diameter.

Skoda has found a bit more differentiation in the design of the Enyaq despite remarkably similar proportions to its siblings. The car has the same short, flat bonnet and chunky, slightly bus-like cab as we’ve seen elsewhere. It’s also bigger than the Audi, being marginally wider and 61mm longer. The wheelbase is the same, but the Skoda has a much longer rear overhang, continuing the established brand theme of offering the most practical option among VW Group model relations.

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Also typically of Skoda, the Enyaq’s design details are more restrained, with fewer fake air intakes or prof ligate design flourishes in evidence on the exterior. The notable exception is the ‘crystal face grille’, a light-up front radiator aperture that is (thankfully) optional. Despite the absence of particularly extravagant styling, however, the Enyaq succeeds in making an impression and seems to invite passers-by to take an interest, which will do it absolutely no harm through the early phases of its showroom life.

Unlike the ID 4 or the Q4 E-tron, though, the Enyaq iV is not built at Volkswagen’s main EV factory in Zwickau but alongside other Skodas in Mladá Boleslav, making Skoda’s the only plant in the Volkswagen Group that is building both ICE and electric cars on the same production line.