Long Range Skoda Vision E First Drive Review…Kinda
Skoda made the Vision E concept available for Autocar to check out, but in typical “VW Group fashion”, speed was limited to just 15 km/h (9 mph) for over 200-meters, so it wasn’t a typical test drive…to say the least.
The production version, that will be much toned down (the crystal motifs, wood on the floor, etc), and is expected on the market in 2019.
See the report from Vision E’s debut in Shanghai here.
There will be five seats instead of the four found in the concept, and forget about all the bells and whistles in the form of the two full-width light bars found on today’s version, same goes for cameras instead of wing mirrors, and also the panoramic windscreen.
The all-electric Skoda needs to be both long-range and affordable (pretty much the calling card of the brand), which doesn’t leave much space in the budget for gadgets.
Here are insights from Autocar:
“The seating position is spot on; the pedals and seat, which all sprout out of a wood-veneer-finished, immaculately spotless and smooth floor, give that typically commanding SUV height, while the steering communicates the imperfections in the road surface adequately. Although admittedly on this drive, those imperfections were mere lines in an otherwise smooth, flat warehouse floor.
The Vision E’s 19in wheels and wide tyres scuff the wheel arch linings under full lock, but this noise and sensation is communicated through the steering wheel positively. Otherwise, it’s smooth and silent.
Inside, it’s like a glimpse into Skoda’s soul. An extremely uncluttered dashboard holds three large, wide screens, and is finished in a textured trim contrasting with the fabric on the doorcards, other parts of the dash and seats, and that wood floor.
The only decorative touches are crystal-design glass trim with geometric line patterns etched in – these are of particular beauty on the infotainment system’s scrolling wheel controller, the rear-view mirror surround and the dashboard divider, and are a much-celebrated nod to the brand’s Czech heritage.”
And the official specs:
The first fully electric concept car in the history of ŠKODA, which spans over 120 years
Developed based on the Group’s MEB (modular electrification toolkit)
› Two electric motors with a total power output of 225 kW
› All-wheel drive
› Range up to 500 km
› Top speed of 180 km/h
› Inductive charging with maximum charging capacity of 11 kW
› Quick charging: 80% of the battery capacity in 30 minutes
New driver assistance systems
› Traffic Jam Assist
› Autopilot for motorway driving
› Car park autopilot
› Educated Parking
Display and operating concept:
› Digital HMI
› Gesture control
› Voice control
› Eye Tracking
› Driver Alert fatigue detection
› Heart rate monitor
› Length 4,688 mm
› Width 1,924 mm
› Height 1,591 mm
› Wheelbase 2.851 mm
Check out the full review at Autocar