Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
There are three power outputs and two drive configurations available for the Skoda Enyaq. The 60 and 80 are rear-wheel drive, with the 60 putting out 177bhp, and the 80 delivering 201bhp. The difference between the two in acceleration isn’t dramatic, partly because the 80 has to lug around a heavier battery pack. It’s a different story with the 80X, which has four-wheel drive for better traction to deploy the 261bhp at its disposal.
In short, both rear-wheel drive versions of the Enyaq feel quick enough, with the 60 getting from 0-60mph in just under 8.5 seconds – faster than many petrol and diesel alternatives in this price bracket. Performance is almost identical to the closely related Volkswagen ID.4, although you’ll need the 80X (0-62mph in 6.9sec) to beat the entry-level versions of Ford Mustang Mach-E and Polestar 2 off the line, if that’s your priority. Just bear in mind that the standard version of the far cheaper Tesla Model 3 is still much faster.
Suspension and ride comfort
Electric cars have to carry around heavy battery packs, so they tend not to smother bumps as brilliantly as the best-riding (and lighter) petrol and diesel alternatives. The same is true of the Enyaq because there’s a slightly unsettled quality to the ride in urban environments.
It's still one of the best-riding electric cars for the money, though, and the ride becomes much smoother on faster roads, offering similar levels of comfort to the ID.4. Both cars are far more composed and less wearing than the Mustang Mach-E, which, to be blunt, has an annoyingly bouncy ride.