I’VE a few faults but being lazy is not one of them.

For this Skoda Enyaq review, I could have copied last month’s Volkswagen ID 4 report, changed the name, and sent it to Sun HQ. Bosh. Sorted. Pub. Ditto the ID 3 from last year.

The Skoda Enyaq is just like the Volkswagen ID 4

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The Skoda Enyaq is just like the Volkswagen ID 4

Because basically they are identikit. They drive the same, do the same and have the same range and performance.

Ditto the forthcoming ID 5 (the ID 4 coupe), Enyaq Coupe, Cupra Born, Audi Q4 e-tron, and Q4 Sportback e-tron.

Even Ford will use VW’s “electric skateboard” for a small EV in 2023.

Those who say electric cars will become fridge-freezers with windscreen wipers have a point.

However it's classier, with a better positioned gear selector and a bigger boot

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However it’s classier, with a better positioned gear selector and a bigger boot

We’ll simply buy whatever is the best value at the time. Probably a Skoda, then.

But fair play to the Czechs because they have, once again, embarrassed the VW mothership by churning out the nicer car.

And I don’t say that lightly. The ID 3 and ID 4 are very good –  modern, minimalist and Google-like with cool “pause” and “play” pedals for brake and accelerator.

But I reckon the Enyaq looks classier and feels less of a jump from what we drive today.

Unfortunately I don't think the 77kWh battery will get anywhere near the official 333 miles

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Unfortunately I don’t think the 77kWh battery will get anywhere near the official 333 miles

Little things like the gear selector, positioned down where it should be and not hidden behind the steering wheel.

The driver’s binnacle, positioned neatly in the dashboard and not stuck on top. Also, the Skoda has a bigger boot.

Now, I will say my test car was stupid money at £41k, plus another £13k of options on top. Yikes. I wouldn’t pay £54k for any car without an engine.

And don’t think the 77kWh battery will get anywhere near the official 333 miles. Because it won’t. More like 250 miles.

But fair play to the Czechs because they have once again beaten VW's offering

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But fair play to the Czechs because they have once again beaten VW’s offering

The base 58kWh battery car starts at £32k and will do 256 miles (ahem).

Finance from £372 a month. Hot vRS to follow.

Now this bit IS copy-and-paste. Charging. Almost ten hours at home and 35 minutes for 80 per cent juice at a public rapid charger, if you could find one. Not good.

Plus, I read somewhere that a third of UK drivers have no off-street parking, rising to 40 per cent in bigger towns and cities.

Key facts:

SKODA ENYAQ

Price: £40,920

Battery: 77kWh

Power: 204hp, 310Nm

Top speed: 99mph

0-62mph: 8.5 secs

Range: 333 miles

CO2: 0g/km

Until electric cars can genuinely do 400 miles on a charge, refuel as quickly and conveniently as petrol and cost £15k, they are not viable for the masses.

That said, Enyaq is a good first effort from Skoda. As classy as an M&S suit.

But if you want Hugo Boss, you’ll want the Audi.

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