The Skoda Enyaq, one of the first Volkswagen Group products on the MEB all-electric platform to arrive in New Zealand, has made quite an entrance. Initially priced at $92,990, the reaction to its high price led to Skoda NZ quickly revising its strategy and slashing $13,000 off the initial prices.
The Enyaq comes in two models, the Sportline and the Sportline Max, both featuring the same powertrain – a single 150kW/310Nm electric motor on the rear axle powered by a 77kWh lithium-ion battery. The Sportline offers a range of up to 534km, while the Sportline Max has a range of 526km, slightly lower due to additional features.
The Sportline Max, which comes at a premium of $12,000 over the entry-level model, includes extras such as a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, heated front and rear seats, a massage function for the driver’s seat, and a 12-speaker Canton audio system. The Enyaq also boasts an exceptionally comfortable and well-designed interior, with ample space and a large boot.
However, one drawback shared with other MEB products is the lack of online connectivity. The Enyaq does not offer live services or over-the-air updates, disappointing EV buyers who expect these features in a luxury EV.
On the road, the Enyaq delivers satisfying performance, a composed ride, and agile dynamics. Its power output may not be remarkable, but it provides adequate acceleration and performs well in the 80 to 120km/h range.
Overall, the Skoda Enyaq offers comfort, quality, and a decent range without being overly flashy. It may not have the high-tech features or face-melting acceleration of some competitors, but it delivers on what matters most to many buyers: a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.
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