2022 Skoda Enyaq Coupé review: price, specs and release date
The rakishly styled Skoda Enyaq Coupé aims to build on the success of the brand’s pure electric Enyaq large SUV...
On sale Spring 2022 | Price from £43,000 (est)
With electric cars and SUVs the two hottest topics among new car buyers, it’s no wonder car makers are creating niche models that fit into both of these categories. The pure electric coupé SUV is the latest niche within a niche, aimed at buyers who want a practical electric vehicle (EV) with more stylish looks than a traditional, boxy SUV.
The Skoda Enyaq Coupé is the Czech brand's take on this new sub-class. With a sloping rear end, a panoramic glass sunroof and sportier exterior styling details, it aims to stand out from the mainstream electric SUV crowd. As well as giving it a sleeker appearance, Skoda says the coupé roofline aids its aerodynamics, which improves the car’s range.
The Coupé is based on the regular Enyaq, Skoda’s first bespoke electric car, which was launched in 2021. It’s a model that’s proved a big hit with buyers and critics alike, thanks to its combination of a decent range, practical interior and tempting pricing. In fact, it is so good that we voted it our Electric Large SUV of the Year for 2021.
However, the Enyaq Coupé is no ‘Johnny come lately’ model that’s simply been designed to cash in on the success of the regular Enyaq and the current popularity of electric cars in general. In fact, work started on the Coupé back in 2017, way before the standard Enyaq, and when EVs were still mainly the preserve of early adopters. Skoda’s thinking was to launch an unusual SUV to attract buyers.
However, attitudes to electrification changed, and the standard Enyaq was launched first, forcing the Coupé to take a back seat. That’s why it won’t make it onto our roads until Spring 2022.
For this report, we’re driving a camouflaged prototype of the Enyaq Coupé; the production version won’t be unveiled until later this year.
What’s it like to drive?
One of the things that we like about the regular Enyaq is its strong power delivery, and the Coupé doesn’t disappoint in this area, either. Acceleration from the rear-wheel drive 77kW 80 version we tried was plentiful: officially it’ll zip from 0-62mph in 8.7sec.
Coupé SUVs tend to be more driver focused than their conventional counterparts, and on paper the Enyaq Coupé looks like it should be too, because it sits closer to the ground and comes with Sportline adaptive suspension. However, after driving it we’d say the handling is surefooted and confidence inspiring rather than exhilarating.
The Coupé grips well in bends and doesn’t loll sideways a great deal, while the fairly weighty steering helps you place the car precisely on the road. That said, it still feels like a tall, heavy SUV, so if you're after something that's overtly sporty, you should consider waiting for the performance version of the Enyaq Coupé, which is in the pipeline and should arrive in the next couple of years.
Like large-wheeled versions of the regular Enyaq, our test car (with 19in alloys) felt rather crashy over urban potholes, but the ride settles down nicely at motorway speeds, where refinement also impresses.
As well as the 80 model, there are two other power choices. The first is a less potent rear-wheel drive, single motor 60 model that produces a usable capacity of 58kW. Like the 80, it’s been borrowed from the current Enyaq, in which it has an official range of 256 miles.
At the other end of the spectrum is the far more powerful twin-motor all-wheel drive 80x that has a 195kW output and 0-62mph acceleration of 7.0sec. The extra motor and batteries dent the 80x’s range, though - it’s unlikely to exceed 300 miles between charges - so if you want the longest-distance cruiser the 80 is the best bet because officially it will travel up to 332 miles on a single charge.
Taking the lead from the current Enyaq, the Coupe can be specified with fast-charging capability, which at present will enable its batteries to be replenished (from 10 to 80%) in 30 minutes using a 125kWh public charger. According to Skoda, it will soon also be able to charge at a higher rate.
What’s it like inside?
If you like a lofty seating position, you’ll love the Enyaq Coupé because the front seats are perched high up and the windscreen and front windows are tall, giving a great view all around.
In spite of the raked rear end, the Coupé has a relatively deep rear screen that gives a better view of what's behind than the closely related Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback.
You’d be forgiven for assuming the coupe body styling would create a big compromise on rear head room, but Skoda has kept the roof of the Coupé almost as high as the standard car above the interior, so there’s enough room for all but the tallest of adult passengers to sit in the back. And, the panoramic sunroof doesn’t reduce head room front or back either because it’s flush fitting and doesn’t protrude into the interior.
At 570 litres, the boot is only around 25 litres smaller than the regular Enyaq's, and the main differences between the two are that the Coupé’s boot floor and sill are higher.
All trim levels come with dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and an enormous landscape-orientated 13in infotainment screen in the centre of the dash that’s big, bright and easy to use. There’s also a digital display in front of the driver, and a head-up display can be added as an option.
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