Coupé version of the Skoda Enyaq
Batteries from 58 to 77 kWh
From 179 to 299 hp
It’s impossible to escape this new vogue for “coupe-style” SUVs. Launched by the first BMW X6 in 2007 and picked up first by competing premium brands and then by generalist manufacturers, it also spreads to the segment of electric family SUVs: from the Audi Q4 Sportback via the Volkswagen ID.5 to the Chinese Aiways U6 , all come into crossovers with a shaved rear and a “coupe” badge that’s more marketing than actually descriptive (we’re talking about five-door models, not real coupes). Including Skoda, which since the beginning of the year has offered the Enyaq iV in the Coupé version, the rear part of which evokes the world of “fastback” compacts rather than classic family SUVs.
Marginally longer and taller than the regular Enyaq by a very small handful of millimetres, the Enyaq coupe uses the same technical elements as its cousins from Volkswagen and Audi. And it faces other models with a less classic silhouette in this category of electric SUVs such as the Hyundai Ioniq5 and Kia EV6. We’ll let you judge the aesthetic appeal of this SUV, which from the rear three-quarter angle looks like a big raised compact with its receding stern. In this white color, it most closely resembles the Tesla Model Y from this angle, although the American remains longer by a good decimeter. In any case, it strikes us as no less aesthetically appealing than its cousins from the Volkswagen group or than most models in the segment, even if our entry-level example settles for a basic presentation.
On board, the Enyaq iV Coupé displays the same dashboard as the normal model. All the better because the interior presentation is precisely one of the strong points of the Skoda SUV: much more classic than in an ID.4/ID.5, than a Hyundai Ioniq5 or a Nissan Ariya, the atmosphere flatters the eye and touch with an excellent quality of finish and very well assembled materials. There is still hard plastic in the lower parts of the dashboard, as in all the other models in the Volkswagen group up to the D-segment since 2018. And the bizarre gray coating on our test model (“Lodge” option at €640) even appears us to be in bad taste. But overall we prefer the ambience of the Enyaq to its Volkswagen cousin. And there is nothing to be ashamed of with the Audi Q4 e-tron. On the other hand, the ergonomics and responsiveness of the infotainment system are often taken for granted. Again, this is a recurring problem in Volkswagen group cars since 2018 and the arrival of these new generation models.
In terms of interior space, the Enyaq Coupé stands out from the competition. Despite the planed roof and the standard presence of a large panoramic glass roof, rear seat passengers enjoy generous headroom and equally noticeable knee room. It will just be necessary, as in all electric cars on the market with a few rare exceptions, to handle a rather high position of the feet due to the presence of the batteries under the floor. The coupe’s body makes the boot lose 15 liters compared to the normal Enyaq, but there’s still 570 liters (with 1/3-2/3 folding rear seats). Only the Tesla Model Y still does (much) better with its 854 liters thanks to its larger dimensions.