New VW ID.5 – The Style-Conscious SUV.
VW ID.5 – The Style-Conscious SUV.
Following on from the launch of the hugely-successful, fully-electric ID.3 and ID.4, Volkswagen has introduced the sleek and sporty ID.5, which is a fully electric SUV with coupe styling. The ID.5 is built on the same platform as the ID.4, the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron and the Skoda Envaq Coupe SUV, but unlike these cars, the ID.5 is not available with a smaller battery: the only option is a sizeable 77kWh unit that provides a WLTP battery range of up to 530km. The ID.5 can be charged from 0-100% via a wallbox charger in seven and a half hours, with a 5-80% charge at a DC fast charge station taking just 29 minutes.
Sporty Exterior Design.
The overall exterior design of the ID.5 doesn’t deviate all that much from the ID.4. Indeed, from some angles it might not be obvious to spot the new rear-end treatment, featuring redesigned C-pillars, a sloping roofline and a new boot lid incorporating a rear wing. Inside the ID.5, the interior closely resembles that of the ID.4, albeit with some nicer trim elements to reflect the ID.5’s position in Volkswagen’s fully-electric car line-up. The modern and uncluttered cabin features two digital screens mounted on the dashboard that give access to the various on-board functions. The 12.0-inch infotainment screen has sharp graphics and is responsive to the touch, and it offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sat nav, DAB radio and over-the-air update capabilities. There is also a wireless smartphone charger fitted to all trims. The cabin is spacious with plenty of head and leg room for all occupants, while the seating is comfortable and supportive too. Rear passenger space is virtually unchanged from the ID.4, so there is space for up to five adults, and the boot is actually slightly larger, holding up to 1,561-litres when the rear seats are folded.
Trim & Drivetrain Options.
Trim levels available in the new ID.5 comprise of Business, Style, Family, Tech and Max which come in rear-wheel drive guise, and GTX, GTX Business and GTX Max which benefit from all-wheel drive capability. A terrific energy recuperation system in the ID.5 makes it easy and fuss-free to extend the range of the battery. For instance, when the driver approaches a slower moving vehicle, the ID.4 can automatically use the slowing effect of regenerative braking to align with the vehicle in front. Additionally, there is a selectable ‘B’ mode which increases braking effect in normal driving. As is the case with its ID.3 and ID.4 siblings, the gear selector in the ID.5 is situated to the right hand side of the steering wheel and it is engaged by simply twisting the selector forwards or backwards to choose the direction of travel. Key standard features from entry-level ID.5 Business trim include 19-inch ‘Hamar’ alloy wheels, LED Matrix headlights (with automatic headlight control, Dynamic Light Assist and iQ. Light), LED tail lights, exterior surround lighting with unique puddle light design, black roof, rear spoiler, centre console with armrest, carpet mats made from recycled material, 12-inch ‘Discover Pro’ Navigation System, wireless smartphone charging, tinted rear windows, Adaptive Cruise Control with speed limiter, We Connect Plus, front & rear parking sensors, Driving Profile Selection, Natural Voice Control, noise and heat insulating windscreen, Air Care Climatronic air conditioning with enhanced air filter, multiple airbags, and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems.
Test Car Details.
My ID.5 Tech test car was finished in beautiful blue metallic paintwork that was complimented by sporty 19-inch ‘Hamar’ alloy wheels. Buyers looking for even more visual drama can upgrade to 20 or 21-inch alloy wheels, with a host of other optional extras available for ultimate personalisation. With 204hp and 310Nm of torque available from the get-go, the car can accelerate from 0-100km/h in as little as 8.4-seconds. It is impressively smooth and refined to drive, particularly at high speeds on a motorway, and there is always plenty of power in reserve for overtaking slower-moving traffic with confidence. There is plenty of grip on twisty roads, the steering is well weighted and body movements are controlled with great precision. Ride comfort is excellent, with occupants adequately insulated from the outside world. All trim variants come with a host of standard comfort, convenience, safety and infotainment systems, with my Tech test car also benefitting from an augmented reality head-up display, 450W output speakers with subwoofer, sensor-controlled Easy Open & Close boot lid, Trained Parking, Area View overhead camera incorporating a reversing camera, and Travel Assist with Swarm Data, along with Emergency Assist and Side Assist safety features.
Verdict, Pricing & Warranty.
With its stylish coupé looks, excellent interior space, smooth acceleration, high driving position and an impressive range, the new VW ID.5 is a very commendable car in every respect. Pricing for the ID.5 (174hp) starts at €62,695 (inclusive of delivery-related costs), with the 204hp version priced from €64,790. A 3-year/90,000km manufacturers’ warranty comes as standard, along with an 8-year/160,000km battery warranty for total peace of mind motoring.
Visit www.volkswagen.ie for further information.