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Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV overview: RS goes electrical | Autocar India

Written by Meera

Skoda’s first all-electric RS has been designed to impress and is headed to India someday in 2023.

It says Skoda on the bootlid, and there’s the flying arrow up entrance, however this actually doesn’t really feel like a daily Skoda. Tremendous refined on the within, designed to impress, and in presence of some actual ‘BLING’, not solely is that this Skoda very totally different to have a look at, it’s additionally the model’s first all-electric RS.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV: exterior

The Enyaq RS iV is constructed on the ever-present MEB platform that underpins different VW fashions.

Constructed on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which underpins different electrical vehicles from the group just like the VW ID.four and Audi’s This autumn e-tron, the Enyaq coupe is, nevertheless, the one with probably the most upmarket design. This comes as one thing of a shock, contemplating Skoda’s place within the group.

The ‘Crystal’ grille provides the Enyaq RS iV its very personal id.

The nostril simply seems to be beautiful. The ‘crystal’ grille will get hordes flocking into Skoda showrooms, that’s for certain, and what it can additionally do is give the automobile an id of its personal right here in India. Whereas the grille will seize your consideration, what your eyes can even quickly be drawn by is the big air dam up entrance, the beautifully detailed bonnet and the arched roofline.

RS badge given place of satisfaction simply above fender.

This RS model additionally will get wheels that sit completely within the wheel arches, there’s a nifty vRS badge on the base of the ‘A’ pillar and across the again, the sloping roofline and the sharply styled rear hit the spot. There’s greater than a little bit of BMW X Coupe right here.

What’s additionally attention-grabbing is that the Enyaq isn’t constructed at Volkswagen’s foremost EV manufacturing unit in Germany, however in Mlada Boleslav within the Czech, making it the one different plant to make an MEB automobile as of now.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV: inside

Huge panoramic glass roof is beautiful, however has no warmth protect, which may pose an issue in India.

The cab-forward stance and large rear overhang additionally make the Enyaq spacious on the within. That is evident up entrance. Climb in and the excessive fixed-glass roof makes it really feel roomy and ethereal. This sense of house is enhanced by the truth that the format of the sprint is straightforward and layered, with the one factor protruding being the large 13-inch touchscreen.

Giant touchscreen is excessive res with a great deal of data.

Should say, the textures and supplies on this RS really feel fairly upmarket and really sporty, and the large touchscreen with its up to date {hardware} works extraordinarily properly. You continue to must hit the ‘Clima’ button beneath the touchscreen to get into the local weather management sub-menu and modify fan velocity, and that may be a ache.

Loads of house and luxury on the rear seat.

There’s additionally masses and a great deal of house within the again. You’d suppose, with this arched roofline, headroom on the rear can be compromised, however the excessive roof helps with packaging. Skoda has additionally positioned the rear bench at simply the proper peak, so that you’re not sat too low; the backrest is properly reclined and there’s greater than adequate width on the rear. This backseat ought to work very properly in India. And what can even assistance is that there’s no central tunnel. Even boot house is sweet, at 570 litres. You possibly can even fold the rear seats down for those who want extra room.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV: journey, dealing with, engine, efficiency

As we set off, I discover the large, sporty driver’s seat to be fairly comfy. Not solely do the entrance seats appear and feel upmarket, I even like how they supply assist with out grabbing you too tight. Additionally tremendous is the view over the stubby bonnet, visibility to the perimeters can be glorious, and other than the large mirrors, nothing actually fouls your imaginative and prescient. Because the Enyaq strikes ahead, I instantly discover how refined and silent it’s. Rolling refinement is great, the cabin is properly insulated from tyre noise (vital for an EV) and, even at velocity, there’s solely a small quantity of wind noise.

As the primary all-electric RS, the Enyaq will get twin motors and all-wheel drive.

Nevertheless, this model, the primary all-electric RS, is all about efficiency, and with twin motors, four-wheel drive and the equal of 299hp, it has the chops. 0-100kph comes up in a powerful 6.5sec. Even higher is the truth that the Enyaq, particularly in Sport, launches you ahead with loads of vitality, even for those who use solely part-throttle and faucet the accelerator.

Straight line efficiency is robust; 0-100kph takes 6.5 seconds.

You possibly can really feel all 4 wheels placing the torque right down to the highway through each axles, because the suspension form of tenses up. Preserve your foot down, nevertheless, and like many electrics, efficiency tapers off after the mid-range. So moderately than drive it at 100 p.c, it’s nicer to dial it down a bit and benefit from the bursts of energy you get while you faucet the proper pedal.

Regardless of its weight and tall physique, the Enyaq RS iV showcases nice dealing with and grip.

This RS additionally has loads of grip and traction in corners and the tall physique stays properly in management. There, nevertheless, isn’t a lot when it comes to really feel and suggestions from the steering while you flip in. Nonetheless, what you are able to do, and fairly successfully at that, is lean on the grip and use it to energy by way of corners; that is fairly pleasant. It does really feel heavy when on the transfer although, and doesn’t precisely really feel agile. A bit extra really feel from the steering and nimbleness would go down rather well. That is an RS in spite of everything.

Big 21-inch wheels not properly suited to our roads.

Skoda would additionally do properly to make it extra comfy to journey in when the automobile is imported to India. The journey right here feels agency even in Consolation, and whereas dangerous patches right here within the Czech Republic are few and much between, the large 21-inch wheels do end in some quantity of pointless motion. Perhaps simply going a measurement or two down will make all of the distinction. 

The place it can rating properly is with its 82kWh battery, which ought to give it a reasonably wholesome vary even when, like us, you drive it in an lively method. Anticipate round 350km a minimum of.

Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV: value, verdict

The 82kWH battery can go from 10-80 p.c in a claimed 29 minutes.

More likely to be imported into India in 2023 at an estimated value of Rs 60 lakh, which can simply make it the costliest Skoda but, the Enyaq Coupe RS iV is a singular proposition. Engaging to have a look at, sensible and entertaining to drive, Skoda’s first EV may actually create a buzz. And that’s precisely what Skoda desires. With many extra EVs set to comply with within the years to come back, it desires to face up and be seen. And that is simply the automobile to do it with. Query is, will the Skoda model work at this value?

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