Volkswagen ID.5

The release of the new VW ID.5 in 2022 has been hotly anticipated by motor industry journalists and the public alike. The ID.5 may share the same platform as the ID.4 but this car is an out and out coupé. Priced in the region of £40,000 it is likely to be a competitor to more established models, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E or the Skoda Enyaq. Initially released in Germany, the electric SUV is just as comfortable to drive in its right-hand-drive version. Volkswagen has said that it will release a faster GTX version and a longer range variant of the ID.5 in the UK in due course.

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In terms of range, VW says that the British version of the ID.5 will be able to deliver 320 miles of electrically powered driving from a full charge. What's more, the SUV coupé has a rapid charging capability that VW reckons will mean that owners will be able to 'top up' their ID.5 with 62 miles worth of power in just seven minutes, ideal for when you need to pull over into a motorway service station to stretch your legs. The rear-wheel driven version of the car offers 167 BHP of power while the GTX is expected to provide 299 BHP in all-wheel-drive mode. The GTX can get to 60mph in just 6.3 seconds from stationary.


Part of the problem with the interior design of most coupés is that they offer low headroom, especially in the back. However, the sporty look of the ID.5 does not mean having to compromise too much in this regard. Three adult occupants in the back are not likely to feel too hemmed in because of the car's spacious interior. There's a ubiquitous touchscreen to run all of your infotainment systems. The ID.5 provides a 12-inch screen that can hook up to your phone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The driver's display is the same 5.3-inch one that is currently used in the ID.3 and the ID.4.


The exterior of the ID.5 is what makes it stand out from other electric vehicles in its class thanks to some bodywork styling that gives the car a genuinely sporty appearance. There is even a spoiler to give owners a real sense of speed. Volkswagen's engineers have also provided the ID.5 with a new matrix-based headlamp the manufacturer calls the IQ.Light. This is supposed to be great at providing lots of illumination without dazzling other road users. A panoramic sunroof is offered as standard with all model variants.


A good feature, although an additional extra, is the ID.5's towing bracket which tucks away neatly but can be deployed automatically with the touch of a button. The fast-charging capacity of the car makes it very practical for family touring holidays when access to your usual charging point might not be possible. Furthermore, the boot has 549 litres of space for all your bags and other needs – that's more space than the ID.4 offers. As you might expect, there is plenty of personal storage room provided in the car, too, whether you are sitting in the front or the back.

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