September 30, 2023

Volkswagen ID.5 review

We get behind the wheel of the VW ID.5 – the “style-focused coupe-SUV” model of the ID.4…

Other than that horny roofline, the ID.5 is mainly the identical automotive because the ID.4 crossover, which is not any dangerous factor. The latter is, in any case, a really tidy household EV.

The ID.5 can be pitched at a barely extra upmarket various to the ID.4, and that is mirrored within the pricing.

Volkswagen ID.5 review

The ID.4 begins at £38,845, whereas the ID.5 will set you again a minimum of £50,710.

Moreover, the ID.5 is just accessible with a 77kWh battery, whereas the ID.4 will get a less expensive 52kWh possibility too.

There are three variations of the ID.5: Professional (anticipated to be the biggest-seller), Professional Efficiency and GTX. The previous are each rear-wheel drive with a single electrical motor, whereas the range-topping GTX will get twin motors and all-wheel drive (4Motion in VW-speak).

Volkswagen ID.5 review

Energy outputs vary from 172bhp (Professional) and 201bhp (Professional Efficiency), to 295bhp for the GTX.

The entry-level variations can journey a claimed 327 miles on a full cost, whereas the extra performance-orientated GTX manages a nonetheless wholesome 314 miles.

Naturally, the latter can be the quickest (0-62mph in 6.3 seconds) with the cheaper variations coming in at 10.4s and eight.4s respectively.

Volkswagen ID.5 review

First impressions are good. The ID.5 has severe kerb enchantment due to its sharper profile, and we like the best way the rear spoiler is built-in into the tailgate. It’s only a disgrace that there’s no rear wiper.

The ID.5’s cabin is nearly unchanged from that of the ID.4, which contemplating the value hike is a bit disappointing. It’s not flash, nevertheless it does the job.

It’s minimalist up entrance with few bodily controls. There’s a gear selector mounted on the little driver’s instrument pod, whereas virtually all of the automotive’s performance is accessed by way of the 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and some touch-sensitive switches under, plus controls on the steering wheel.

Volkswagen ID.5 review

The infotainment system on the ID.5 has been up to date, promising sooner response instances. Certainly, it’s slicker, however the controversial touch-slider heating controls (under the touchscreen and on the steering wheel) are as irritating as ever.

On the plus aspect, the cabin typically feels spacious and the entrance seats are comfy and supportive with loads of adjustment.

And the excellent news is that the coupe-SUV styling has not affected headroom as dramatically as you would possibly assume, so a six-footer can sit behind a driver of the identical top.

Volkswagen ID.5 review

There’s additionally a helpful 549 litres of boot house, rising to 1,561 litres with the rear seats folded.

Visibility isn’t excellent due to chunky entrance and rear pillars, plus the slim rear window, however all-round parking sensors and a transparent rear-view digicam assist when manoeuvring.

There’s additionally a intelligent Park Help Plus system with reminiscence perform, which implies the automotive can keep in mind parking procedures at speeds under 25mph, so very best for parking in your drive.

Volkswagen ID.5 review

Trim ranges for the ID.5 span from the entry-grade Model, progressing via to Tech, transferring as much as Max, after which the GTX Model sitting beneath the range-topping GTX Max. VW reckons Tech would be the top-selling ID.5 trim, and is anticipated to take round half of UK gross sales.

Our ID.5 201bhp Professional Efficiency check automotive (predicted to account for round a 3rd of gross sales) was an excellent mix of efficiency and affordability.

On the street the ID.5 isn’t fairly as sporty as its seems to be counsel. Swift, moderately than blisteringly quick, it’s simple and nice to drive.

Volkswagen ID.5 review

Grip is spectacular for a rear-wheel drive EV and the agency suspension limits physique lean in sooner corners, however its dealing with on the whole isn’t class main.

That stated, it feels agile sufficient in city environments and cruises alongside properly on motorways with spectacular ranges of refinement, whereas the steering is gentle and exact, and the turning circle is tight for a fairly large automotive.

There are three drive modes – Eco, Consolation and Sport – and you’ll choose ‘B’ moderately than ‘D’ for elevated brake regeneration.

Fortunately, these modes will be modified on the contact of a button. Consolation is simply high-quality, although the occasional range-sapping burst in firmer Sport spices up issues a bit, whereas Eco is finest left for motorway runs in cruise management.

Volkswagen ID.5 review

Puzzlingly, the brake pedal takes a little bit of getting used to. Identical to the larger ID.Buzz, it has a comparatively lengthy journey, which implies that slowing down isn’t all the time the slickest of operations.

The ID.5 is able to charging at speeds as much as 135kW (a lot lower than the 350kW charging functionality of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6). In concept, a lift as much as 80% at 135kW will take round half an hour. Naturally, it should additionally cost in a single day by way of a house wallbox.

We examined the ID.5 throughout a winter chilly snap, so we couldn’t match the claimed vary or charging pace. Even so, a really respectable real-world vary of 250 miles+ needs to be fairly attainable for a lot of the yr.

The ID.5 may be very properly geared up and filled with security and driver help methods.

Awarded a five-star security ranking by Euro NCAP, there’s an autonomous emergency (AEB) braking system that recognises different automobiles and susceptible street customers, street signal recognition, visitors jam help, adaptive cruise management, lane-keeping help and lane-change help – to call however just a few.

Rivals embody its Volkswagen Group cousins, the Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe and the Audi This autumn Sportback e-tron, plus the Kia EV6, Tesla Mannequin Y, Volvo C40 Recharge and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Verdict: The Volkswagen ID.5 is a cushty, spacious and protected all-rounder that comes with loads of equipment and an excellent vary. It could not ship essentially the most partaking of drives in commonplace type, nevertheless it’s a trendy, smart SUV selection.

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