We get behind the wheel of the VW ID.5 – the “style-focused coupe-SUV” model of the ID.4…
Aside from that horny roofline, the ID.5 is mainly the identical automotive because the ID.4 crossover, which isn’t any unhealthy factor. The latter is, in spite of everything, a really tidy household EV.
The ID.5 can also be pitched at a barely extra upmarket different to the ID.4, and that is mirrored within the pricing.
The ID.4 begins at £38,845, whereas the ID.5 will set you again no less than £50,710.
Moreover, the ID.5 is barely out there with a 77kWh battery, whereas the ID.4 will get a less expensive 52kWh choice 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).
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 also be the quickest (0-62mph in 6.3 seconds) with the cheaper variations coming in at 10.4s and eight.4s respectively.
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 through the 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and some touch-sensitive switches under, plus controls on the steering wheel.
The infotainment system on the ID.5 has been up to date, promising quicker 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 facet, the cabin typically feels spacious and the entrance seats are snug and supportive with loads of adjustment.
And the excellent news is that the coupe-SUV styling has not affected headroom as dramatically as you may assume, so a six-footer can sit behind a driver of the identical peak.
There’s additionally a helpful 549 litres of boot house, rising to 1,561 litres with the rear seats folded.
Visibility isn’t good due to chunky entrance and rear pillars, plus the slim rear window, however all-round parking sensors and a transparent rear-view digital camera assist when manoeuvring.
There’s additionally a intelligent Park Help Plus system with reminiscence perform, which implies the automotive can bear in mind parking procedures at speeds under 25mph, so perfect for parking in your drive.
Trim ranges for the ID.5 span from the entry-grade Fashion, progressing by way of to Tech, transferring as much as Max, after which the GTX Fashion sitting beneath the range-topping GTX Max. VW reckons Tech would be the top-selling ID.5 trim, and is predicted to take round half of UK gross sales.
Our ID.5 201bhp Professional Efficiency take a look at automotive (predicted to account for round a 3rd of gross sales) was a very good mix of efficiency and affordability.
On the street the ID.5 isn’t fairly as sporty as its appears to be like counsel. Swift, fairly than blisteringly quick, it’s straightforward and nice to drive.
Grip is spectacular for a rear-wheel drive EV and the agency suspension limits physique lean in quicker corners, however its dealing with basically isn’t class main.
That mentioned, 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 reasonably large automotive.
There are three drive modes – Eco, Consolation and Sport – and you’ll choose ‘B’ fairly than ‘D’ for elevated brake regeneration.
Fortunately, these modes will be modified on the contact of a button. Consolation is simply effective, although the occasional range-sapping burst in firmer Sport spices up issues a bit, whereas Eco is greatest left for motorway runs in cruise management.
Puzzlingly, the brake pedal takes a little bit of getting used to. Similar to the larger ID.Buzz, it has a comparatively lengthy journey, which signifies that slowing down isn’t at all times 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 principle, a lift as much as 80% at 135kW will take round half an hour. Naturally, it can additionally cost in a single day through a house wallbox.
We examined the ID.5 throughout a winter chilly snap, so we couldn’t match the claimed vary or charging velocity. 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 nicely outfitted and filled with security and driver help techniques.
Awarded a five-star security ranking by Euro NCAP, there’s an autonomous emergency (AEB) braking system that recognises different autos and susceptible street customers, street signal recognition, visitors jam help, adaptive cruise management, lane-keeping help and lane-change help – to call however a number of.
Rivals embrace 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 secure all-rounder that comes with loads of equipment and a very good vary. It could not ship probably the most partaking of drives in commonplace type, nevertheless it’s a classy, smart SUV selection.