New Skoda Enyaq iV vs Kia e-Niro: practicality

Kia's e-Niro was the first electric SUV to offer a long range and serious practicality for sensible money, but now it faces fresh competition from the Skoda Enyaq iV...

Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

The e-Niro is the smaller car overall. Up front, it has enough room for six-footers, but there’s more head and leg room in the Enyaq, which is also broader between its front doors. It has slightly better storage as well, mainly thanks to bigger door bins that are carpeted to stop items from jangling, but both cars have a good range of trays and cubbies.

The Enyaq’s rear seats are clearly roomier, though. Two tall adults have more leg and head room to spare than they do in the e-Niro (which, it must be said, still has enough) and the Enyaq is a better fit for three adults. There’s no hump running along the centre of its floor (there’s a small one in the e-Niro) and it has a bit more shoulder room for three.

Kia e-Niro 2021 rear seats

Other pluses include more pockets on the back of the front seats for tablets and phones, and bigger door bins. The Enyaq also offers the option of rear USB ports; the e-Niro has them only up front.

Finally, the Enyaq’s boot dwarfs the e-Niro’s. Nine carry-on cases fit below the tonneau cover, while the e-Niro can swallow five. Then again, the e-Niro has a bit more room under its boot floor for charging cables and the extended floor is flat all the way to the front seats when you drop the rear seatbacks, which, as in the Enyaq, are split 60/40. The Enyaq adds a ski hatch, but drop its seats and there’s a step to overcome unless you add the optional Transport Package (£260), which brings a height-adjustable boot floor to even that out when raised.


Boot space

Skoda Enyaq iV

Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 boot

Boot 585-1710 litres Suitcases 9


Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro 2021 boot

Boot 451-1405 litres Suitcases 5


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