Skoda ENYAQ iV 80 2021, Olaf – EV Owner Review

Skoda ENYAQ iV 80 2021, Olaf - EV Owner Review

What first name would you like to appear in the review?
Olaf

 

What is the make and model of your EV?
Skoda ENYAQ iV 80

 

What year was your EV registered?
2021

 

How long have you owned your EV?
0 – 1 year

 

What is the mileage on your EV?
5,000 – 10,000 miles

 

How many EVs have you owned?
This is my first

 

What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?
260

 

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Why did you choose this car?
Range, charging speed, space (especially for tall people like me), trunk size (we have a dog), interior design, seating comfort, low consumption and the many little details like for example, an umbrella in the door, 2 USB-C ports in the front AND in the back, additional small compartment for car registration papers and charging cards. Sometimes it is these little things that can make the difference between an ‘OK’ experience and a great experience. Except for the flawed navigation system, this car has provided the family with a lot of pleasure and positive moments.

 

Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car?

  • available space
  • the sheer fun driving it (acceleration, seating comfort, gear comfort, steering etc.)
  • low consumption
  • the fact that the entertainment system ALWAYS displays the song name, artist name and album art of the song played, no matter if it’s played from the radio, a USB stick, Spotify on an iPad or Spotify through Android Auto on a mobile phone connected by an USB-cable!
  • the many thoughtful, positive little details
  • I even learned to appreciate the assistance functions (like for example the automatic slight recuperation when getting close to a red traffic light).

 

Skoda ENYAQ iV 80 2021, Olaf - EV Owner Review

 

Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car?

  • the slowness and lame-brained AI called Laura
  • the navigation system (suggesting 50 kW chargers on a route even when HPCs are abundant). Without the option to use Google Maps via Android Auto, I probably would have returned the car.
  • the fact that the display only shows the battery percentage when it drops below 10% (this is supposed to be fixed with a future update though)
  • the very basic functionality of the app (it shows the SoC, if the car is charging or not and the option to start the climatization for 30 minutes. THAT’S IT! No locking/unlocking of the car, no route planning on your phone and transferring it to the car (unless you use Google Maps of course).
  • the very slow release of updates both for the app and the car.

 

Surprise us! Tell us something surprising about this car?

  • the acceleration is better than the sheer numbers would make you expect
  • the infotainment systems offers a lot of customization through the fact that many functions can be placed on the main screen in the form of different sized widgets. It is quite similar to how the main screen of an iPhone or Android phone works if you would only place widgets on the main and separate screens reachable by swiping.
  • you can even play a movie file from an USB stick on the large display in the centre.

 

What car are you interested in next and why?

  • Tesla Model Y – very similar in many aspects, far better on the software side of things, probably worse in terms of seating and gear comfort. On a test drive, my wife and I were sticking to the synthetic leather despite the running air con, which didn’t happen in our ENYAQ on the way to and from the Tesla centre. But the plan has always been to test both cars against each other and I intend to stick to that plan, since both cars can be sold after 6 months with nearly zero price reduction.
  • SEAT Cupra Born, Fiat 500E convertible or Tesla ‘Model 2’ as a second car for short trips through the city.

 

What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
2 x Alfen Eve Single Pro-line 22kW load-balanced – I would recommend it to others who either are into customizing and configuring things individually. Recommended for those who are looking for a unit with a real display or the option to use RFID cards for authorization; who want to play with the idea to offer public charging (a payment gateway is possible via software upgrade) or who want to install more than one wallbox with 22 kW and need to load balance things to avoid overstressing the public powerlines.

 

What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
It’s a smaller local supplier who offers 100% green energy. But I intend to switch to another provider offering even lower rates for wallboxes with a separate electric metre.

 

What public charging networks do you use? Would you recommend them to others and why?
IONITY – because the Skoda Powerpass allows me to charge for 30 ct/kWh in most countries and even less in countries with low energy prices like for example, France.

 

Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
HUK – I’ve been with them for over 20 years and never had an issue and the prices are competitive.

 

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