Skoda Elroq review

Skoda Ireland invited us to Amsterdam for a covered drive of the brand’s new compact electric SUV.

The Elroq is expected in Ireland in 2025 and part of a wave of new electric models on the way from the Czech car brand. The Elroq will offer three different battery options and over 560 kilometres of range in its top form.


Slotting into the Skoda range between the Enyaq and the upcoming Skoda Epiq small SUV, the new Skoda Elroq is an electric alternative to the popular Karoq. Built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, it shares a wheelbase with the Enyaq but with shorter overhangs front and rear for a smart, compact look.

The cars we drove in Amsterdam were heavily camouflaged but there are a few details we can share before we see the car in full in October. The Elroq gets the honour of marking a new chapter for Skoda design and is the first to have the brand name written across the bonnet instead of a logo. It also debuts a new design feature called the ‘Tech-Deck’ face that sees the traditional grille replaced by a slim glossy black panel that hides sensors such as radar and the front camera, framed by split level LED lighting. The design is also aerodynamically optimised with a gently sloping roofline that blends into a roof spoiler at the rear. Alloy wheel sizes vary from 18- to 21-inch and are aero designed to boost efficiency alongside wheel gap reducers.


While no images have been released yet of the Elroq’s cabin, it shares much in common with the larger Enyaq including a 5-inch digital cockpit, 13-inch touchscreen and optional head-up display. There’s even more emphasis on sustainable materials with a few different interior finishes available.

Despite the compact size, the Elroq offers a spacious interior for its class. There’s a 470 litre boot (only about 100 litres less than the Enyaq) with numerous clever features like a new storage net for charging cables under the parcel shelf.


The Elroq 50 will kick off the range with a 52kWh battery (net capacity) with range quoted by Skoda as over 350 kilometres. Next up is the Elroq 60 with a 59kWh battery and more than 390 kilometres of range. The top of the range Elroq 85 and 85x dual motor both use a 77kWh battery with over 560 kilometres of range.

On the road, the Elroq shares much of the same qualities as other models on the MEB platform. It’s a smooth and predictable drive with well-weighted controls, while the compact dimensions add a pleasant feeling of nimbleness and agility. The cars we drove in Amsterdam were fitted with optional Dynamic Chassis Control, which gives Elroq more adjustment between comfort and sportiness, and a superior ride quality for the compact class. With 295hp in its top Elroq 85 form, there’s plenty of power though it’s delivered in a relatively muted manner.

Fast charging speeds are up to 175kW, though all versions will get a 10 to 80% charge in under 28 mins. Manual and automatic battery conditioning is fitted as standard. There’s also an 11kW onboard AC for faster AC charging.


Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch in October but is likely to be competitive with other electric compact cars like the Volvo EX30, MG4, BYD Atto 3 and Renault Scenic.


The Skoda Elroq is an exciting new entrant, plugging the gap for a compact electric SUV in the Skoda range. Smart, practical and refined, it packages much of what’s made the Enyaq a success but in a more compact and what should be affordable package.

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