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Škoda Enyaq Coupe iV brings more coupe-like electric crossovers to European consumers

It was only a matter of time before more coupe-like crossovers entered the mainstream segment. Now, the Volkswagen Group has another option in the form of the Škoda Enyaq Coupe iV. Essentially a low-slung, style-focused version of the Enyaq iV battery-electric crossover, the Enyaq Coupe iV is a cousin to the Volkswagen ID.5, which is the less practical sibling of the ID.4. Like the standard Enyaq iV and Volkswagen’s ID models, the Enyaq Coupe iV is underpinned by the MEB architecture and it’s the second vehicle on that platform that isn’t built in Germany.

The Škoda Enyaq Coupe iV features the same corporate face as its more practical sibling complete with an enclosed grille. Things change once you get past the B-pillar because of the crossover’s low roofline that descends quickly. As a result, it looks like a raised sedan with a liftback-style tailgate from certain angles since there isn’t any contrasting black cladding. That contributes to the Enyaq Coupe iV’s low drag coefficient of 0.234. The taillights are essentially the same as in the Enyaq iV and you also get a tinted glass roof to make it look like it’s connected with the rear window. You’ll be able to get alloy wheels ranging from 19 to 21 inches in diameter. Three additional exterior colors are launching with the Enyaq Coupe iV, Phoenix Orange, Graphite Grey, and Mamba Green, the latter of which is exclusive to the RS variant. Instead of a badge on the tailgate, Skoda is spelled out between the taillights. LED matrix headlights and the Crystal Face, which is essentially an illuminated Škoda grille, will be offered on certain versions.

One of the key features of the Enyaq Coupe iV is the extensive use of upcycled and sustainable materials. Seat covers are made of 40 percent natural wool and 60 percent polyester from recycled PET bottles. The dashboard is made of upholstered fabric and soft materials and finished in light colors. You’ll still be able to get leather and Suedia microfiber upholstery on more expensive versions. The former has been tanned using an eco-friendly process utilizing olive leaf extracts and without any chemicals. There’s also a black interior that’s part of the Design Selection palette on the Sportline version with Suedia microfiber seats and a leather-like dashboard.

The Enyaq Coupe RS iV gets two distinct Design Selection packages. The RS Lounge gets you Suedia upholstery, lime green piping, lime green contrast stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Suedia dashboard. Opting for the RS Suite package, on the other hand, gets black perforated leather upholstery with gray piping and contrast stitching, and an RS badge on the steering wheel.

Every Enyaq Coupe iV gets an infotainment system with a 13.0-inch main touch screen and a 5.3-inch gauge cluster display. Available options include a full suite of driver assistance features, heated front and rear seats, a massaging driver’s seat, a retractable tow bar, and a sport suspension that lowers the front by 15 mm and the rear by 10 mm. The latter comes bundled with progressive steering and is standard on the Sportline and RS models. Travel Assist 2.5, which bundles together adaptive cruise control, lane centering, emergency steering assist, and traffic jam assist is also offered. New collision prevention features include cyclist detection and an enhanced front automatic emergency braking system that can detect people, vehicles, cyclists, and other objects at junctions and intersections.

Two batteries will be offered on the Enyaq Coupe iV: a 62-kWh unit with 58 kWh of usable capacity or a larger 82-kWh pack with 77 kWh of usable capacity. Single-motor versions have 177 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque on the base Enyaq Coupe iV 60, which has the smaller of the two battery options. Opting for the larger one in the Enyaq Coupe iV 80 increases the horsepower to 201. Single-motor models with the larger battery can travel the farthest at 545 km or 338 miles per charge on the WLTP cycle. Dual-motor versions called the Enyaq Coupe iV 80x are rated for up to 261 hp and 313 lb-ft.

The most powerful version is the Enyaq Coupe RS iV, which is also the first battery-electric vehicle in Skoda’s lineup to wear the RS badge. It features two electric motors making up to 295 hp and 339 lb-ft, enabling the crossover to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds before topping out a 180 km/h (112 mph). Dual-motor variants can tow up to 1,400 kg or 3,086 pounds while single-motor examples are good for 1,200 pounds or 2,645 pounds.

The Enyaq Coupe iV can be DC charged from 10 to 80 percent in 29 minutes. Its onboard 11 kW charger will give you a full charge in 6 to 8 hours using a level 2 AC charger. For optimum efficiency in cold weather conditions, the Enyaq Coupe iV is available with a heat pump. Active cooling, an optimized front apron and spoiler, a flat underbody, air curtains, and a rear spoiler all help improve the crossover’s efficiency.

Thanks to its built-in eSim, the Enyaq Coupe iV is always online, meaning it can accept over-the-air (OTA) updates. This means the system software and navigation maps can be remotely added to the vehicle without needing to go into the service center. The car can also make use of real-time data to get information on traffic and parking space availability at your destination. Volkswagen Group’s new ME3 software on MEB-based vehicles has also added battery optimization and management, battery care mode, new infotainment system layouts, improved resolution for the rearview camera, and upgraded driver assistance features.

Sadly, North America won’t be getting the Škoda Enyaq Coupe iV. With Volkswagen only offering the ID.4 and the upcoming ID. Buzz here, you’ll need to go up to the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback if you’re looking for a coupe-like compact electric crossover from the Volkswagen Group.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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