Skoda has given its first pure-electric car the Sportline treatment, and a new powertrain to boot.

    The 2022 Skoda Enyaq Sportline iV has been used to launch a sub-RS flagship, with 195kW of power and 425Nm of torque from its dual-motor all-wheel drive setup.

    It’ll hit 100km/h in 6.9 seconds from standstill, and flat out you’ll be doing the same electronically-limited 160km/h as in rear-wheel drive models.

    Skoda has previously told CarExpert it wants the Enyaq iV in Australia, but hasn’t locked the car in for our market. As is the case with Volkswagen, Skoda Australia is behind markets such as Europe in the queue for electric cars due to our lack of emissions targets.

    Under the skin is a 77kWh lithium-ion battery pack good for 460km of range. A 125kW DC charger can give you an 80 per cent charge in just under 40 minutes.

    Two other powertrains are offered:

    • The rear-drive iV 60, with 132kW of power and 310Nm of torque
    • The rear-drive iV 80, with 150kW of power and 310Nm of torque

    The range-topping Enyaq iV RS doesn’t need a Sportline trim, given it’s already the sportiest model in the range.

    The new Enyaq follows the formula laid out by petrol- and diesel-powered Sportline models, with a racier look and sportier suspension.

    Regardless of powertrain, the Sportline rides 15mm lower than stock at the front and 10mm lower at the rear, and has a ‘progressive’ steering tune.

    A set of adaptive dampers is optional, but the ability to change drive modes and configure the throttle and steering is standard.

    The car rides on 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, but 21-inch units are optional.

    Externally, the Enyaq also gets body-coloured side skirts and bumpers, and tinted windows.

    Behind the wheel, the Enyaq Sportline iV gets a three-spoke steering wheel, sports seats, a black headliner, and carbon-fibre trim pieces.

    Revealed in 2020, the Enyaq is built on the same bones as the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV.

    The entry-level, rear-drive Enyaq 50 iV produces 109kW of power, 220Nm of torque and does the 0-100km/h sprint in 11.4 seconds while achieving an electric range of 340km under the stricter WLTP standard. A 55kWh lithium-ion battery is standard.

    At the top of the range is the Enyaq RS iV, which boasts all-wheel drive, 225kW of power and 460Nm of torque and reaches 100km/h in 6.2 seconds while achieving a range of 460km.

    It adds a second electric motor and uses a larger 82kWh lithium-ion battery.

    The efficiency king is the mid-range Enyaq 80 iV with 510km of range. All Enyaq iV models are relatively slippery though, with a drag coefficient of 0.27.

    The 82kWh battery in high-end Enyaq iVs can be charged from 5 to 80 per cent in 38 minutes using DC fast charging, while an AC wall box of up to 11kW will charge Enyaq iV models in 6-8 hours depending on the battery size.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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