When electric car makers come up with outrageous power, ever-increasing range and, in some cases, dazzling prices, you might expect Skoda – largely the maker of sensible family cars – to do things differently.
And it does, not by shifting any aspect to the extremes, but by doing almost the opposite: opting for a sensible middle ground compromise.
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As with so many things in life, that’s where many of us work. We get up, we get through the days, we live, laugh, love, as it says on that plate in someone else’s kitchen, and we call it a day. And we need a sensible set of family wheels to accompany us.
Then step forward, the Skoda Enyaq iV, designed by people who understand how the world works.
It is, we concluded when we drove it through the Autocar test mill last summer, a good spot in the family EV market. It sits on a similar platform to other EVs within the Volkswagen Group, but works without many of their quirks and weaknesses and flaws.
The interior is a match for everything from Audi on the same level, and it’s spacious, cleverly thought out and ergonomically sound (a slightly overloaded touchscreen aside, but that’s unavoidable everywhere now).
In the meantime, to drive it has a rounded and mature chassis. Tension? Not so much, but remember what kind of car it is. It’s a family car with a long driving position, giving the kind of handling you’d not only expect, but hope for.
It has a smooth ride, nicely weighted and tuned steering with a sense of stability and a pleasing, linear response to the controls.