Volkswagen ID.5 GTX

Along with the other ID.5 models, the body shape of the GTX version has a swept-back look that means this all-electric SUV is very much a coupé in its appearance. Launched in Germany prior to its UK release, the GTX version of the VW ID.5 is the top-of-the-range electric car in the series, outperforming the ID.4 and the ID.3 in many areas. As the sportiest SUV in the ID.5 range, the German carmaker will undoubtedly want to see it competing strongly against the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Kia EV6 and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron. According to VW, GTX is a new badge that reflects the old GTI one, only for electric vehicles.

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Performance

It is in its performance that the GTX really sparkles. There is an individual motor for each of the car's axles. This means the four-wheel-drive GTX feels powerful in numerous road conditions. The car shares the same 77 kWh battery as the other ID.5s VW makes but can produce up to 295 bhp of power from it. Expect to take just 6.3 seconds to get to 62 mph from a standing start and a top speed of 112 mph. For this extra performance, owners will get a slightly reduced range, however. Officially this stands at 304 miles.

Design

Interior

On the inside, owners of new VW ID.5 GTXs can choose from 30 colour schemes, something Volkswagen says offers more personality. There's an AR heads-up display, a voice-enabled assistant and plenty of other tech, such as integrated music streaming, to enjoy. The car feels comfortable for passengers and the reduced headroom in the back compared to the ID.4 doesn't make even adult occupants feel squashed in.

Exterior

The exterior of the ID.5 GTX is very similar to other model variants. One tell-tale sign that this is the sportiest version in the range is the spoiler at the back. It's small, subtle but gives the overall look a lift. Owners will enjoy a panoramic sunroof plus some funky new headlights VW has introduced. They look good and help to prevent glare for other road users.

Practicality

With a 549-litre boot, this SUV coupé is large enough to run as a family car. The range is perfectly adequate for all but the longest drives but VW's quick charging system means that partial recharging won't take that long anyway. The infotainment system is practical and easy to operate, too, so you won't need a degree in IT to be able to get the most out of it.

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