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Skoda’s zero hero: The ‘green’ Enyaq IV vRS is each sporty and cavernously roomy, says RAY MASSEY

As the last word test of any ‘green’ automobile, a visit to the tip should be right up there. And that is where I took the brand 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 easy talking point with other recyclers of their upmarket models on the recycling centre; a good few asked about my stand-out Skoda. 

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

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

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

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

Acceleration is feisty each 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 restricted 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 identical platform because 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 number 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 each 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 essential 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 primary 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 essential 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 number of safety features, including one which spotted and warned me of a cyclist about to emerge from a boulevard. 

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

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

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

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

There are a number of packages, including Advanced, costing £2,335 which adds head-up display and other luxuries. It’s definitely a great distance from the budget Skodas of yore.

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

Price: from £54,370

My automobile 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 automobile included:

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

Number 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 begin/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 federal government’s latest economic forecasts hold, by the point we’re over the worst of the recession and inflationary doom and gloom, the brand new Genesis X Convertible from the upmarket Korean car-maker needs to be in the marketplace. 

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

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

The four-seater convertible encompasses a folding hardtop roof. Genesis’s design chief Luc Donckerwolke said: ‘Electric powertrains have given us the proper scenario by which to enjoy nature, which is something convertibles do higher than every other vehicle.’ 

The firm said the Genesis X Convertible joins the X Concept and X Speedium Coupe to complete a trio of bold design studies that showcase the commitment to sustainable luxury

The firm said the Genesis X Convertible joins the X Concept and X Speedium Coupe to finish a trio of daring design studies that showcase the commitment to sustainable luxury

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

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