In the UK, the Enyaq Coupé is launched as a top-rung vRS with the dual-motor set-up we know from the VW ID 4 GTX. However, standard single-motor and dual-motor configurations will join the range soon, as will a vRS version of the Enyaq with the standard SUV body. The Coupé does come with the big, 77kWh battery as standard, however.

That gives the Coupé vRS a WLTP range of 323 miles. Over the course of a chilly, autumn week with the car, we averaged 2.9mpkWh, for a real-world range of 225 miles – quite a long way short of the official figure, but about as expected for an EV of this size and level of performance.

With 295bhp, the power output may look and feel a touch lukewarm next to the 569bhp Kia EV6 GT, but then that car has taken the bar for performance versions of EVs and launched it into space. Contrary to what you might assume from the ‘vRS’ label, a regular dual-motor EV6 is a more direct rival on price, as well as performance. After all, Skoda’s vRS has always been milder than most. Even so, it is disappointing that the performance quickly drops off from its 295bhp peak as the software tries to protect the mechanicals and preserve range.

The mildness extends to the ride and handling, as it’s all fairly standard Enyaq. The suspension keeps the nearly 2.2 tonnes of SUV in check reasonably well over the lumps and bumps of a British B-road, and all the responses and control weights are predictable and carefully attuned to each other, so there is some fun to be had on a twisty road, but there’s little here that really shouts ‘driver’s car’. The front motor, wide rear tyres and restrictive traction control conspire to quell most throttle adjustability, and there’s no ignoring the car’s bulk.



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