RAY MASSEY: Skoda's zero hero -Enyaq IV vRS

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As the ultimate test of any ‘green’ car, a trip to the tip must be right up there. And that’s where I took the new zero-emissions Skoda Enyaq IV vRS after packing old newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes into its cavernous boot (570 litres seats up; 1,610 when down). 

Its super-bright ‘Hyper Green’ shade made it an instant talking point with other recyclers in their upmarket models at the recycling centre; a fair few asked about my stand-out Skoda. 

It’s the first all-electric Skoda model to wear the rally-inspired vRS performance badge. Its coupe styling and bold front make it instantly attractive, though the paintwork may divide opinion. 

Nifty and nimble: The Enyaq IV vRS is both sporty and cavernously roomy

Nifty and nimble: The Enyaq IV vRS is both sporty and cavernously roomy

I sat snug in high-backed sports-style seat. It has almost limousine levels of space and legroom for passengers in the back. It drives like a dream, too — comfortable, sporty, engaging, and nimble in equal measure. 

Built on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.4, it has twin electric motors — one on each axle — totalling 82kWh and developing a hefty 299hp 

Acceleration is feisty both in normal and particularly in sport mode, managing rest to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds, though it felt faster from rest. Top speed is limited to 112 mph. Transmission is single-speed all-wheel drive. 

Ray’s bright-green all-electric Skoda Enyaq iV vRS stsnds out on the recycling run to the tip in leafy Surrey

Ray’s bright-green all-electric Skoda Enyaq iV vRS stsnds out on the recycling run to the tip in leafy Surrey

Built on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.4, it has twin electric motors — one on each axle — totalling 82kWh and developing a hefty 299hp

Built on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.4, it has twin electric motors — one on each axle — totalling 82kWh and developing a hefty 299hp

It's well stocked with standard kit including a panoramic glass roof and a host of safety features

It’s well stocked with standard kit including a panoramic glass roof and a host of safety features

Acceleration is feisty both in normal and particularly in sport mode, managing rest to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds

Acceleration is feisty both in normal and particularly in sport mode, managing rest to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds

There are five main drive mode options: Eco, Normal, Sport, Individual and Traction

There are five main drive mode options: Eco, Normal, Sport, Individual and Traction

It's the first all-electric Skoda model to wear the rally-inspired vRS performance badge

It’s the first all-electric Skoda model to wear the rally-inspired vRS performance badge

Ray packed old newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes into its cavernous boot (570 litres seats up; 1,610 when down)

There are five main drive mode options: Eco, Normal, Sport, Individual and Traction. Official range is 323 miles which, in theory, will get you comfortably from London to Newcastle on one full charge. 

It’s well stocked with standard kit including a panoramic glass roof and a host of safety features, including one which spotted and warned me of a cyclist about to emerge from a side road. 

Charging to 80 per cent takes 36 minutes on a a 150kW fast-charger or 13 hours to full charge on a standard 7.2kW home wallbox. 

It’s a great mile-muncher on motorways, but comes into its own on twisty country lanes where the level of grip, balance and nimbleness was a happy surprise. The tight turning circle-proved a boon at the dump too.

Extras on my car included: comfort seating (£540); 21-inch Vision anthracite metallic wheels (£620) instead of 20-inch as standard; enhanced infotainment package (£780); and Drive Sport Package Plus (£440).

The bad news is the base price rose recently by £1,000 to a hefty £54,370. My car, as driven, cost £57,750 — with extras. 

There are a variety of packages, including Advanced, costing £2,335 which adds head-up display and other luxuries. It’s certainly a long way from the budget Skodas of yore.

Will it fit in my garage: Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV VRS

Price: from £54,370

My car as driven (with extras): £57,750

First all-electric Skoda model to wear the rally-inspired vRS performance badge.

Length: 4653mm

Height: 1607mm

Width: 1879mm (body)

Width: 2148 (with mirrors)

Propulsion: all-electric

Emissions: Zero

Twin electric motors: 82kWh

Power: 299horse-power

Transmission: Single speed 4X4

0-62mph: 6.4 seconds

Top speed: 112mph

Drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, Individual and Traction.

Boot-space: Seats up: 570 litres, Seats down: 1610 litres

Extras on my car included:

Comfort seating (£540), 21-inch Vision anthracite metallic wheels (£620) instead of 20-inch as standard, enhanced infotainment package (£780), and Drive Sport Package Plus (£440).

Variety of optional packages include Advanced costing £2,335 which adds head-up display and other luxuries.

Standard features on vRS iRS models include:

20′ Taurus alloy wheels with aero insert

3-spoke leather heated sports multifunction steering wheel with paddles for recuperation level selection

8 speakers

Adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist

Aluminium pedals

Black exterior styling (including window surround)

Blind spot detection

DAB digital radio

Door mirrors heated, electrically adjustable, folding, auto dimming, memory

Function, boarding spots and welcome logo

Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function

Electrically operated tailgate with kick activation (virtual pedal)

Front and rear parking sensors

Keyless entry and start/stop system

Panoramic glass roof (fixed)

Rear view camera

Satellite navigation system with 13-inch touchscreen

Sport seats

Traffic sign recognition

Umbrella

Voice control

vRS Sports bumpers

Wireless charging

Genesis X Convertible revealed 

If the government’s latest economic forecasts hold, by the time we’re over the worst of the recession and inflationary doom and gloom, the new Genesis X Convertible from the upmarket Korean car-maker should be on the market. 

The new Genesis X Convertible from the upmarket Korean car-maker

The new Genesis X Convertible from the upmarket Korean car-maker

The four-seater convertible features a folding hardtop roof. Genesis’s design chief Luc Donckerwolke said: ‘Electric powertrains have given us the perfect scenario in which to enjoy nature, which is something convertibles do better than any other vehicle.’ 

The firm said the Genesis X Convertible, revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show, joins the X Concept and X Speedium Coupe to complete a trio of bold design studies that showcase the brand’s commitment to sustainable luxury and cutting-edge electric vehicle technology.

End of the road for electric car tax exemptions 

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt

In a sign that electric cars are now fully mainstream, the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt (pictured) announced in this week’s autumn Budget that he’s going to tax them. 

With forecasts that by 2025 half of all new vehicles will be electric, it’s part of plans to make the motoring tax system ‘fairer’. 

From April 2025 exemptions from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) for greener vehicles will end. 

The newest EVs registered from April 1, 2025 will initially pay the lowest ‘first year rate’ of VED, currently just £10, but could go up by then. 

These vehicles will then be subject to paying the £165- a-year standard rate from year two. Zero and low-emission cars first registered between March 1, 2001, and March 30, 2017, will pay £20 a year. 

But models costing more than £40,000 will, from April 1 2025 face an added ‘Tesla tax’ of £335 a year for five years, on top of the standard £165 annual rate. 

Company car tax rates on EVs will remain lower. 

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