Skoda Enyaq review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:electric
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RRP from£34,300
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

If you’re choosing an SUV because you want to sit high up, you’ll love the Enyaq’s driving position. Granted, you’ll still be looking up at Range Rover drivers in traffic jams, but you’re placed much further from the road than you would be in a Polestar 2 or Tesla Model 3.

The seats could do with a bit more support around the shoulder area but, as long as the road isn’t too twisty, they’re comfortable and supportive, and you get adjustable lumbar support as standard on all trim levels.

You control the air conditioning using the touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard. We’d prefer some physical buttons and dials, but at least the icons are large and clearly marked, and they’re permanently on display at the bottom of the screen.

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

The Enyaq’s high-set dashboard and thick, acutely angled front pillars are a nuisance. They obscure the end of the bonnet and what’s around you nearby, such as kerbs.

The rear pillars are fairly substantial too, although the ones on the Ford Mustang Mach-E are even bigger. Rear parking sensors come as standard on the ‘60’ model, but you’ll need to stump up for the Parking Package Basic to get front sensors and a reversing camera. Those are standard on the ‘80’, with a 360-degree bird’s eye view camera offered as an option.

LED headlights are standard across the range and, very soon, you’ll be able to spec your Enyaq with a ‘Crystal Face’. This covers the grille with 170 LEDs to make the car look almost as though it’s baring its teeth.

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Sat nav and infotainment

All trim levels on the Enyaq get a huge 13in touchscreen as standard, which is positioned high up on the dashboard with a slight tilt towards the driver. As a result, it’s really easy to see and reach, and is also quick to respond when you press it.

We’re not huge fans of touchscreens in cars because they tend to be quite distracting to operate when you’re driving, but at least the icons are large and clearly marked so you don’t need to strain your eyes too hard to find the one you want.

You also get a DAB radio, built-in navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard. Plus, there’s a phone app you can use to remotely check the charge level of the battery, schedule charging and heat up the interior so it’s nice and toasty before you get inside.

Quality

This class includes some seriously pricey models, such as the Audi E-Tron and Porsche Taycan, and that's something to bear in mind when you consider our three-star rating. Indeed, the quality of the Enyaq’s interior is on a par with the slightly more expensive Volkswagen ID.4

In short, it feels really well screwed together and there’s plenty of squidgy plastic on the dashboard and the insides of the doors. If you go for Loft trim, large parts of the dashboard are trimmed in fabric, which is swapped for artificial leather in the Suite and Ecosuite. The seats in both those versions are covered in genuine leather; the leather in the Ecosuite is sustainable sourced and treated with olive leaf extract rather than chemicals.

If you go for Lodge trim, the seat covers are made from 40% new wool, which qualifies them for a Woolmark approval.

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