\u0160\ufeffkoda Enyaq Joins VW Group\u2019s EV Offensive

Yet another Volkswagen Group brand is adding an electric model to its lineup. Škoda’s Enyaq crossover goes on sale in Europe this week. Under the skin it’s closely related to the VW ID.4 that’s about to roll out stateside, but the Škoda offers a deep menu of choices, with no fewer than five performance options and four different range variants, not to mention a choice of all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. It’s a reflection of the European consumer market’s penchant for endless trim and powertrain choices.

When it comes to batteries, there are three choices: 55 kWh, 62 kWh, and 82 kWh. Where it gets interesting is that there are five performance variants out of those three battery options: 109 kW (146 hp), 132 kW (177 hp), 150 kW (201 hp), 195 kW (261 hp), and 225 kW (301 hp) in the top Enyaq 80 RS flavor. You may recognize some ID.4 variants just by these numbers already.

The trims are denoted by two digits, with the Enyaq 50 iV being the base model, followed by the Enyaq 60 iV and the Enyaq 80 iV. These three are all rear-wheel drive. When it comes to all-wheel drive, there is the 80x iV flavor with 195 kW on tap, while the top RS iV is the 225-kW model.

Range is a little harder to translate, since the Enyaq has only been rated in the generous WLTP cycle rather than the EPA one. As is, the base Enyaq 50 iV serves up 211 miles, while the top RWD version claims the longest range with an WLTP rating of 510 kilometers, or 317 miles.

Another high point is the price: In Germany the base model starts at €33,800 ($40,050). Standard equipoment includes a 10-inch infotainment screen, VW’s Virtual Cockpit, 18-inch wheels, and LED headlights and taillights, among other things. After you factor in the government incentive, which knocks over $7,000 off its price and other local incentives, the starting price winds up being closer to about $30,000. That’s not a lot for a roomy EV.

More importantly, the Enyaq brings much needed variety to VW’s EV offerings in Europe, where Škoda has become a major hit over the past 20 years. Škoda is one of five VW Group brands after Audi, Cupra, Porsche, and VW itself to field an EV in 2021, and it has its own factory in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic.

Unfortunately, for those who might prefer the more aggressive styling, Škoda doesn’t have a presence in North America, so you’ll have to settle for renting one on your next European vacation.

Would you prefer the Enyaq to the ID.4 if it were offered stateside? Let us know in the comments below.

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