Skoda has taken the wraps off the new pure-electric Enyaq coupe, which is based on the Volkswagen ID5. Skoda seems to be pushing for a plusher more upmarket look and feel these days. Who would have thought that 10 years ago? From a design language perspective, the Skoda designers have nailed the exterior styling. It works because it is near proportionally perfect and has interesting but not overwhelming design surface treatment. But why does an electric car need a grille? That is a mystery never to be solved. The Enyaq Coupe will go on sale in the UK in Spring 2022 with prices starting from £40,000, which is £2K less than the entry-level Tesla Model 3.
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe is only available in one battery size, 77kWh, which is split into three power outputs. Entry-level cars will be powered by a single motor on the rear axle and produce 201bhp and 310 NM of torque. Top-spec models will have two motors, thereby offering AWD and a power output of 261bhp.
The performance VRS will offer up to 300bhp. The range for entry-level models is speculated to be around 296 miles on a single charge. Exterior LED lighting is standard fare for EVs, even the grille has an option to light up like a LED Christmas tree.
The inside is a copy/paste of the Enyaq SUV interior, which means you get a 5.3-inch digital drivers display and a 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Below the air vent deck is a row of quick access buttons for the heating vents. Although voice-activated commands allow the user to control the temperature settings without the distraction of doing so while driving. The technology is now getting much more accurate at recognizing your voice and commands. The day is nearing when full voice command will replace buttons and the touchscreen.
The Coupe will offer 136kW rapid charging and can recharge from 10 to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. Charging from home with a wallbox takes around 6-9 hours. The Skoda Enyaq Coupe will be offered with multiple optional extras. A quick go on the online configuration tool can dry your hard-earned savings quicker Boris Johson downing a glass of Prosecco.
Personally, I would go for the Tesla Model 3, because Tesla is 15 years ahead of the competition. In addition, Tesla technology is vastly more clever, simply better, will offer more range, and has a superior charging network.