Nobody could now accuse Volkswagen of going at electrification half heartedly. Following a promise of an electric model in every segment by 2025, the last combustion-powered VW by 2035 and a carbon neutral balance sheet by 2050 "at the latest" comes this, the ID.5.
Described by VW as "bringing together the qualities of the ID. family in a unique design that is as elegant as it is expressive", the ID.5 is a coupe SUV in the style of the Q4 e-tron. It's built on the same MEB architecture as the ID.3 and ID.4, and comes with similar powertrain options as well. ID.5 buyers will be offered a Pro model with 174hp from the rear-mounted motors or 204hp in the Pro Performance, both supplied by a 77kWh battery. Standard 135kW charging is slightly better than the 125kW offered by an ID.4, as is a claimed WLTP range of 323 miles. With all the stars aligned, VW believes that an ID.5 can be replenished to the tune of 242 miles in half an hour. So with a really big KFC order and a toilet trip you'd be sorted.
Of most interest currently in the ID.5 range is the GTX. Like the other models wearing the badge, output is upped to 299hp, meaning 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds. Power is distributed via two motors to all four wheels as well, as opposed to just the rear for the Pro and Performance. In addition to "maximum traction and extremely stable driving behaviour" from all-wheel drive, the GTX can also tow an extra 200kg over the rear wheel drive cars, at 1,400kg. Just don't ask about range while towing.
Marking the GTX out in the ID.5 line up are the subtle cues familiar from elsewhere - this isn't an overt performance flagship by any means. See the LED matrix headlights, 3D LED rear lights, redesigned front bumper and chunkier seats inside. Both the upgraded lights and big wheels (anything up to 21 inches) will be offered on regular ID.5s.
Both inside and out, the ID.5 is recognisable as a member of the ID. family. Up to pretty much the B-pillar, this is an ID.4, with only a tapering (and quite handsome) rear end marking it out. We all know how popular an SUV coupe is, from Renault Arkana to Audi Q8, so it isn't a surprise that VW is pursuing the niche with a battery-powered option. For what it's worth, VW describes the ID.5's look as "muscular, organic coupe design" that's "unique in the segment"; don't be surprised if it's joined by quite a few competitors soon. More tangibly, it's claimed that rear headroom is just 12mm less than the ID.4, and a drag co-efficient of 0.26Cd (or 0.27 for the GTX) aids efficiency.
The interior will be immediately familiar to anyone who's spent time in a VW ID. car, bolstered in this case by the third generation of software for the infotainment. Elsewhere there's bidirectional charging, which ought to be a boon once the grid infrastructure has caught up; 11kW charging at home is already useful. VW hasn't yet announced UK spec and availability for the ID.5 models, but given the current rate of change on we can surely expect it early in 2022. Followed by the ID.6, ID.7, ID.8...
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