After the electric SUV Enyaq, Skoda is now pushing its coupe variant and also presenting it as an extra-sharp RS. How To Cars sat in the 299 hp car.
Market launch and price: First, the RS rolls to the dealers
With the Enyaq, Skoda was able to show the first SUV on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. VW ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-Tron followed later. Skoda then took more time with the corresponding coupe version and, after the ID.5 and Q4 e-Tron Sportback, is now the last in the trio to add its coupe version.
The wait was worth it: In the studio hall in Mladà Boleslav, Czech Republic, the Enyaq Coupé was presented as an RS version right away. It can be ordered from February 2022 and will probably be available from dealers in early summer at prices starting at around 53,000 euros. The regular Enyaq Coupé follows a little later and should start at around 43,000 euros.
Appearance and dimensions: rear resembles the Tesla Model X
The Enyaq Coupé comes standard with the Sportline package. In addition to sportier aprons, this also includes painted side skirts. Of course, the biggest change takes place from the B-pillar onwards. The steeper sloping roofline makes the rear look more elegant, but still beefier than the previous body variant.
The rearview is similar to the Tesla Model X, of which the spoiler lip on the trunk lid should have a not inconsiderable share. As a coupe, the Enyaq achieves a Cd value of 0.234, according to Skoda a top value in this class. The dimensions are practically no different from the regular Enyaq. The coupé is four millimeters longer and one millimeter taller. The dimensions at a glance:
- Length: 4653 mm
- Width: 1879 mm (without mirror)
- Height: 1617 mm
- Trunk volume: 570 l
Enyaq RS Coupé: Sportier chassis ensures lowering
The additional visual changes to the RS are limited. The most striking thing is the exclusive paintwork in “Mamba Green”, in which the optional glossy black accents come into their own. In the front apron, there is an additional bar in each of the side openings, and at the rear, there is a new diffuser with a continuous reflector strip. Like the Founders Edition with the normal Enyaq, the RS gets the illuminated crystal grill as standard.
Exciting: The RS logos on the electric Skoda are green instead of red and can only be found on the outside below the front triangular window. On the rim side, there is a choice between 20 and 21 inches, a sportier chassis lowers the RS by 15 millimeters at the front and ten millimeters at the rear. The top version takes over the downforce from the GTX versions of the ID.4 and ID.5. Two electric motors generate 220 kW (299 hp ).
Interior: Cockpit as in the regular Enyaq
The cockpit leaves Skoda untouched, with the coupe getting slightly better basic equipment. For example, the glass roof is standard on board here. There will also be an update for the MIB3 infotainment. Unfortunately, the head-up display will probably only be available as an option in the future. Suboptimal, because the small digital cockpit is difficult to read.
The RS is distinguished from its weaker siblings by RS logos on the steering wheel and seats. The flat-bottomed steering wheel and sports seats are also available on the Sportline. Seats, door panels, and dashboard are covered in the RS with a mix of leather and microfibre. There are also green decorative seams and piping everywhere in the cockpit. If you want, you can also get a pure leather interior with gray accents.
Up to 1.85 meters tall, you can sit comfortably in the back
In the rear, there is no lack of space in the coupe either. The legroom is still outstanding. It is naturally a little tighter at the crown than in the more practical brother. However, adults up to about 1.85 meters can still travel comfortably, especially since the glass roof creates an airy atmosphere.
At 570 liters, the trunk swallows only 15 liters less, and the rear seat bench can still be folded down. Cons: The loading height is significantly limited by the sloping tailgate.
Drive and range: the electric coupe can travel up to 545 kilometers with a full battery
Traditionally, SUV coupés are positioned slightly above their “conventional” siblings in the portfolio. Accordingly, the Enyaq Coupé does not have a basic engine. The entry-level is the 132 kW motor (179 hp ) with rear-wheel drive and 58 kWh battery (net). Above that is the version with rear-wheel drive, 150 kW (204 hp ), and the larger 77 kWh battery.
If you want an all-wheel drive, you have to go for the 195 kW version (265 hp ), and the 77 kWh battery is also standard here. According to Skoda, the maximum range of the Enyaq Coupé is 545 kilometers, depending on the drive. Nice: The previously chargeable option for charging up to 135 kW will be standard in the future.
The RS offers even more power, whereby the drive is already known from the VW ID.4/ID.5 GTX. In the Enyaq RS, too, two electric motors together deliver 220 kW (299 hp ) and 460 Nm of torque. They accelerate the 2.3-ton truck from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and further up to a maximum of 180 km/h. The exact range is not yet out, but according to Skoda, it should be just over 500 kilometers.
Driving: No surprises on the first drive in the prototype
The ride in the prototype delivered no surprises. The SUV coupe roams along good-naturedly, thanks to its weight of more than two tons it lies firmly on the road – and like its conventional brothers does not attract attention with its exaggerated liveliness. But it doesn’t have to be, after all, the sloping rear makes sure of that.