There are four distinct suspension set-ups available for the Enyaq. Our test car had the standard passively damped suspension, but all Enyaqs can be upgraded with adaptive dampers as part of the Drive Sport Package Plus, which adds progressive steering and a three-spoke steering wheel. Sportline models get a passive, firmed-up sport suspension tune as standard but can be fitted with adaptive dampers as an option.

The handling reflects the Enyaq’s assured performance, adopting a healthy middle ground in everything. The ride is a little firm: fit 20in alloys to your car and you’ll feel most imperfections in the road surface, but never harshly. Body movements are deftly controlled, and the steering has a nice consistent weight. And, thanks to the battery in the floor giving a low centre of gravity, the steering’s consistent rate of response inspires confidence. This is a heavy car with little steering feel to speak of, but it’s a viceless set-up.

I thought Skoda might come up with a reeled-up, tethered charging cable as one of its ‘simply clever’ life hacks, but no. Rapid chargers have their own tethered cables so you couldn’t do without a proper charging port, but even so, this feels like a problem for Mladá Boleslav’s greatest minds to solve.

Via the touchscreen you can cycle through the drive modes, or use a driver-customisable Individual mode if you prefer. However, on a car with passive suspension, the differences between settings aren’t at all pronounced. When pressing on, you can feel that Sport mode turns down the intervention of the traction control, but you’ll never feel the car begin to slide from the rear axle. Even under provocation on the test track, the Enyaq exhibits nothing but mild, stabilising understeer.

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That the Enyaq has rear-wheel drive was done not for driver engagement but for packaging reasons, of course. What results is a remarkably tight turning circle for such a large vehicle, at just 9.3m. Indeed, while navigating tight streets, the Skoda feels smaller than you would expect it to, and really manoeuvrable. It’s still a hefty car, though, with proportions that make its edges hard to see and substantial pillars that render visibility quite poor in some directions.

It’s a good thing, then, that parking sensors and a reversing camera are standard equipment – although if you choose the less powerful Enyaq 60, you’ll need to pay extra for them.

Assisted driving notes

On the face of it, the Enyaq has all the assisted driving features you might expect from such a car (so long as you cough up for the Assisted Drive Package) but they can be frustrating to use on occasion on account of the false activations. The lane keeping can sometimes be too keen, while at other times you can catch it dozing. We also had a few unnecessary collision warnings, although thankfully without activation of the autonomous braking.

Most frustrating was the adaptive cruise control. It can be reluctant to speed up after you’ve pulled out of your lane to overtake on the motorway because it gets confused by vehicles in the adjacent lane. It will also recognise changing speed limits but then it changes the speed itself rather than waiting for confirmation from the driver.

Even when the system is working correctly, it can be a little unsettling when the car decides to lay into the brakes, but occasionally it recognises the wrong speed limit.

Comfort and isolation

The Enyaq slips neatly into its role as sensible family transport, with good rolling refinement and insulation. Road and wind noise are well suppressed, despite the wide tyres and tall body, with decibel levels lower than those of the Mustang Mach-E but on average 1dBA noisier than the Q4 E-tron or Jaguar I-Pace.

The seats in our test car offer the usual adjustments, including lumbar support, although side bolstering is limited. You’re kept comfortable on long journeys, though, with adequate leg support. One criticism from our testers was the need to bump up the lumbar support so as not to feel hunched at the wheel. For some Enyaq owners on long journeys, mild backache might be the first complaint, but it’s a minor issue.