Over the last year or so, Volkswagen have shown us what they have to offer with their hatchback ID.3 and their EV SUV, the ID.4. Both of these vehicles feature futuristic styling and Volkswagen’s quality assurance as well as being competitive EVs in their class. The new vehicle for Volkswagen’s ID parade is the Volkswagen ID.5.
I personally think the ID.3 is an egg-shaped spaceship that boasts long-distance battery ranges (up to 340 miles) and a spritely 0-60mph time of 7.1 seconds. Not bad. The ID.4 may not be quite as futuristic or egg-looking as the ID.3 but it still offers 260 miles of range with the largest battery and 0-60mph times of as low as 6 seconds.
What is New?
There has been a pre-sales launch of another ID. car though, this time it is the ID.5. This EV is a hybrid, not in drivetrain but in body-style as it is being dubbed an SUV coupe. We have seen a few of those in recent years, such as the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLC. SUVs seem to be the most popular vehicles on the market with their road position and extra space in the back for kids, but I do not know whether or not I am convinced by an SUV coupe.
That seems as if a trainer and a slipper have been combined. There are different styles for different occasions and combining them limits the original purpose. That is what has happened with the SUV coupe, you lose boot space because of the coupe styling at the rear.
Volkswagen says “Our first all-electric coupe offers local carbon-neutral mobility and sporty performance for a demanding clientele”. If you were part of that “demanding clientele”, let us see if your demands were met shall we.
The ID.5 offers one 77kWh battery for the range with three motor options. The motor options are 128kW, 150kW and the 220kW- with the largest boasting a 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds. That is not bad for a large car. If you are more bothered about range than acceleration, it can do up to 323 miles on a single charge. With rapid charging, the ID.5 can go from 0-80% in 30 minutes- that means up to 240 miles. That is fairly competitive for the current market, it is pushing the likes of Tesla.
I think it looks better than the Tesla, it looks a little bit menacing and has striking wheels the size of Ferris wheels. The other thing it has in common with the Tesla is over-the-air software updates. It does not stop there though, Volkswagen are making steps towards automated driving a part of the ACCLERATE strategy.
They did not stop the technology focus with the batter either, the ID.5 offers augmented reality head-up display. That means navigation, speed limits and more will be presented in front of you so you do not have to take your eyes off the road.
It also gives you lane assist, a voice assistant and mood-connecting light in the cabin to help you “get through traffic with even less stress”, apparently.
Volkswagen want to be carbon-neutral by 2050 at the very latest and when you receive your ID.5 it will be a carbon-neutral entity. That means if you charge it using renewable energy it will be a completely carbon-neutral vehicle.
The only thing with the entirety of Volkswagen’s electric range though is something much simpler than all of this- take the touch-sensitive buttons off the steering wheel.
If you are thinking of swapping the petrol pump for the charging plug, then you can see the options we currently have on offer at Van MonkEV so we can help you through whatever you need.
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