Škoda has recently added the sleek Enyaq Coupé to its electric vehicle portfolio, for those wanting something different to the SUV-style ‘standard’ Enyaq. In vRS spec, this is the most powerful Enyaq, too.
What are we looking for?
From a distance, the Enyaq Coupé doesn’t look it, but this is actually a large car, so we are looking for good towing ability along with big car comforts and practicality, and reasonable running costs. Plus, another important factor when you’re looking for the best tow car – what’s it like to live with on a day-to-day basis?
The Achilles heel of many electric vehicles is their limited towing capacity and, of course, the potential hit on the range that they will travel before needing a recharge when towing. The Enyaq Coupé is no different in that respect.
Weighing in similar to the Land Rover Discovery, at 2367kg, the Enyaq is limited to towing a measly 1200kg, a mere 50% or so of its kerbweight. That means it’s only capable of towing the lightest caravans (see our small caravan guide if you’re looking for one), a factor to consider when you’re choosing the tow car for you.
We hitched up a Swift Finesse 400 Compact borrowed from Couplands Caravans, in Louth, with a MiRO of just 995kg (MTPLM 1109kg). With a whopping 295bhp on tap, this should have been an easy test, and despite blustery conditions and quite a lot of up hill and down dale roads, it was absolutely effortless for the Škoda; there was barely a tug from the caravan.
Setting off, the outfit felt as quick with the caravan as without, and romping up to 60mph took no time. Stability was first-rate, with nothing upsetting the balance.
The auto-hold function meant that when stopping on a hill, the outfit remained where it was until prompted to move off, a gentle press of the accelerator then seamlessly releasing the brakes.
It’s such a pity the Coupé is so restricted in what it can tow, because it is so powerful and stable, it feels as though it could cope with a much larger caravan.
The official combined range is 321 miles, which isn’t the greatest, but even with the lightweight van on the back, that dropped to 123 miles. Not bad in the context of electric vehicles, but still way off what a petrol or diesel tow car manages between fill-ups.
The vRS model in any Škoda range is the sporty one, and the Enyaq Coupé doesn’t disappoint in this regard.
In a nutshell, it’s great to drive, with razor-sharp handling and a firm but not uncomfortable ride. Only when pushed in corners do the front tyres begin to push wide, which isn’t really surprising, given the Enyaq’s bulk. It’s not all about the driver, either, as passengers commented on how comfortable the Škoda was.
We only had a couple of minor niggles. The long, thick A-pillars obscured vision a little at times, so special care at junctions was required. More of an annoyance was the lane departure warning, which was quite violent and resulted in us opting to turn it off at the start of every trip, because the system defaulted to being on.
Thankfully, that was an easy task using the very user-friendly central screen. We usually prefer buttons and dials to screens, but the Škoda’s system is very intuitive and easy to navigate.
We felt that some of the internal plastics could have been slightly better in terms of quality, however.
As with many cars that have different driving modes, we found that the Comfort setting was better than either Sport or Eco for everyday use.
Space & practicality
As mentioned earlier, the Enyaq Coupé is a big car, with the internal space to match. Being devoid of any central transmission tunnel, the floor in the rear is completely flat, allowing three abreast to be seated in reasonable comfort. The two sports seats up front were very easy to adjust (electrically, in the case of the driver’s seat) to a comfortable position.
Owing to the sloping roof towards the back of the car, rear headroom is not as good as it is up front, but nevertheless, only the tallest of passengers might feel the slight pinch.
Everywhere we looked in the car, there appeared to be yet another cubby or handy storage shelf. The Škoda really is good for that. And it’s great to see wireless charging for your phone, too.
Boot space is pretty good, with the rear seats folding 60/40 to increase the capacity from 570 litres to 1610 litres. However, when they are folded down, there’s quite a big step onto the seat backrests, so the floor isn’t totally flat.
The semi-electric retractable towbar is released by a switch in the boot, but then has to be clicked into place. It’s the same when folding it away.
Buying & owning
The Škoda Enyaq Coupé costs £54,370, so it’s more expensive than its SUV- styled sibling, but it comes with a comprehensive specification.
Given its reasonable official range, it should be pretty cheap to run, too, provided you can recharge at home.
We really enjoyed our time with the Enyaq Coupé. It was great to drive solo, and if you own a lightweight caravan, it would make an excellent tow car, too. It’s just a pity that it can’t tow heavier trailers.
- A crucial accessory for safe towing will be a pair of mirrors – check out our best caravan towing mirrors guide if you’re looking for a pair.
Or you could try:
- Ford Kuga 2.5 FHEV 190PS ST-Line X Edition FWD Auto: the full-hybrid Ford is a reassuringly stable towing option.
- BMW 320i Touring M Sport: this BMW provides high-performance towing.
- Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid Ultimate 4WD Auto: a seven-seater option, this Hyundai is ideal for towing and solo driving.
- Price: £54,370
- What Car? Target Price: £54,370
- Retained value after three years: 58%
- Kerbweight: 2367kg
- 85% of kerbweight: 2012kg but towing limited to 1200kg
- Gross vehicle weight: 2740kg
- Max towing limit: 1200kg
- Gross train weight: 3940kg
- Towball limit: 75kg
- Price of towball and electrics: £815
- Boot size min/max: 570/1610 litres
- Payload: 448kg
- Test conditions: Wet, breezy
- Engine size: N/A
- Power (hp)/rpm: 295/0
- Torque (lb ft)/rpm: 339/0
- Official combined range: 321 miles
- Towing range: 123 miles
- CO2 emissions: 0g/km
- 1st/2nd year car tax: £0/£0
- Insurance group: 36E
- Euro NCAP rating: 5/5
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|Engine Size||N/A cc|
|Towball Limit||75 kg|
|Maximum Towing Limit||1200 kg|
|Torque||339 lb ft|