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Skoda Enyaq vs Mustang Mach-E

Does the style-oriented Ford Mustang Mach-E have the measure of the practical Skoda Enyaq? Rory Reid investigates.

In our latest head-to-head, Rory pits two of the best electric family cars on the market today against one another: the Skoda Enyaq and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Both start at around £40,000, but what are you getting for that money? Let’s find out.

Design:

As you’d probably expect, the Mustang Mach-E is the more stylish of the two, and it’s got attitude built into every angle. The front grille is low and sleek, and plenty of familiar Pony Car design elements pop up as you walk around, not least the badges and headlights.
The Mach-E’s interior is well-made and spacey enough, with 402 litres of space in the trunk (or 1,420 with the rear seats down) and extra 81 litres of storage space in the front trunk, or ‘frunk’ as it’s become known. The Skoda Enyaq is slightly taller and more upright than the Mustang Mach-E, with sharp creases to the bodywork and a sporty front splitter under the aggressive grille. It’s less coupe-like, with 21-inch alloys and a premium-looking interior featuring tan leather and gloss black. There’s plenty of space in the Enyaq too, especially head- and legroom in the back seats. There’s also 585 litres of boot space, which increases to 1,710 when you put the rear seats down. Two good looking cars, and each will have their fans, but what are they like to drive?

Battery size and range:

First up, let’s work out which version of the Enyaq or Mach-E you’d be driving.
There are two versions of the Enyaq – the iV 60 and the iV 80. The iV 60 has a smaller 58kWh net battery pack, for a range of around 256 miles. The iV 80 has a larger battery (62 kWh net battery pack), for a range of around 333 miles. On top of that, rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive versions are available too. The Mustang Mach-E is also available with all-wheel or rear-wheel drive, and also has two main versions: standard range with a 70 kWh net battery pack, and extended range version with a 91 kWh battery pack. In the rear-wheel drive version, you’ll get around 273 miles of range with the standard battery and 379 miles range if you opt for the larger battery.

Price:

There’s a clear difference in the range, but the prices do reflect that.
The entry-level Skoda Enyaq (the Enyaq iV 60) starts from £32,000. The larger-batteried Enyaq iV 80 starts from £42,000. The standard-range Mach-E starts from £41,000, going up to £46,000 for the extended range model with the larger battery. Ultimately, price is just a number, and what we really need to look at is the value for money – are the extra miles of range worth the extra money?

Drive:

So, what are they like to drive?
Being a Mustang, the Mach-E is a lot more dynamic. We’re looking at 0-62mph in seven seconds, and punchy run at that. It handles twists with confidence and is very responsive and playful, feeling almost like a sports car in some ways. The Skoda Enyaq isn’t quite as performance oriented. With a 180-horsepower motor driving the rear wheels in the 60 and a 200-horsepower motor in the 80, you’re looking at 8.7 and 8.8 seconds respectively. Respectable torque means it overtakes well enough on a motorway, and the Enya does pull away and hit 0-30 pretty quickly though. And, to its credit, the Skoda Enyaq offers smoother suspension than a lot of electric cars.

Verdict:

If you value space, practicality and smart looks – take a look at the Skoda Enyaq. If you value driving dynamics and performance, and you’re a bit of a poser, the Mach-E might be your one.

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