Volkswagen has pulled the sheets off its latest pure-electric vehicle, the ID.5 coupe-SUV. It’ll be available to order early next year with prices expected to start from around £47,000, meaning the German brand’s latest ID. model will go up against the Kia EV6 and Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback.
The VW ID.5 is based on the same MEB underpinnings as the brand’s ID.4, meaning its width, length and wheelbase all remain the same – but the sporty coupe body on top has been designed to broaden the appeal of the firm’s ID. line-up and capitalise on the booming coupe-SUV market. Like the ID.3 and ID.4, the new ID.5 will be built at Volkswagen’s plant in Zwickau.
One of the benefits of the new body style is slightly improved aerodynamics, which has increased the car’s maximum range compared with the ID.4 – albeit only slightly. The slipperiest ID.5 has a drag coefficient of just 0.26Cd, which boosts its maximum range to 323 miles, which is an increase of one mile over the longest-range ID.4.
UK buyers will have a choice of three electric powertrains, all of which will come as standard with Volkswagen’s 77kWh battery. The entry-level ID.5 Pro features a 172bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle, which offers a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds and a top speed of 99mph.
The mid-range Pro Performance variant has a more powerful 201bhp electric motor at the rear, which reduces the ID.5’s 0-62mph time to 8.4 seconds. However, top speed remains the same at 99mph.
The sporty GTX model gains an extra motor on the front axle, to offer a combined output of 295bhp and four-wheel drive. The ID.5 GTX’s range drops to 304 miles, but it also slashes its 0-62mph time to 6.3 seconds while increasing its top speed to 112mph.
As it’s the sporty option in the range, the GTX gets a model-specific body kit with a more aggressive front bumper, a new lower grille and painted side skirts. There’s also a different aero package for the rear, consisting of a larger spoiler and a diffuser, which actually generates a small amount of downforce to help high-speed stability.
Volkswagen has also tuned the ID.5 GTX’s chassis, so it can better handle the extra performance on offer. There’s lowered suspension and upgraded brakes, but buyers can also specify Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive dampers as an optional extra.
Every ID.5 comes with an active shutter for the front grille, which automatically blanks off the opening when it’s not required for cooling. VW says it only makes a marginal difference to the car’s range.
Inside, buyers get the same six-inch digital instrument cluster and 12-inch infotainment system as the ID.4. Unlike the company’s petrol-powered SUVs, Volkswagen is keen to point out that the ID.5’s cabin doesn’t use any animal products. Also, as there’s no transmission tunnel running down the centre of the car, there’s a little more space inside than the equivalent Tiguan.
Unusually for a coupe-SUV, Volkswagen has also managed to make the ID.5’s boot a little bigger than its ID.4 sibling – at least up to the level of the parcel shelf. There’s 549 litres of space, which is six litres more than you get in the ID.4.
Volkswagen has also launched a new version of its MEB software on the ID.5, which not only adds more infotainment functions and improves the car’s Travel Assist system, but also increases the maximum charging capability to 135kW DC compared with 120kW systems in earlier versions of the ID.3 and ID.4.
This means the ID.5 can charge to 80 per cent capacity in 26 minutes, which is nine minutes faster than its siblings. Volkswagen will soon roll out this improvement across the rest of the ID. range, too.
Q&A with Peter Kohorst
Product Manager for the Volkswagen ID.5
Q: How will Volkswagen position the ID.5 in comparison with the ID.4?
A: “Well, it’s the top positioning regarding the ID. portfolio. And we’ve implemented a higher quality as standard for the interior in comparison to the ID.4.”
Q: What’s the price difference between the ID.5 and the ID.4?
A: “We are still working that out, but it will be a little higher than the ID.4. But you have to take into account that the ID.5 is only available with the big battery – 77kWh instead of the 52kWh battery [in the entry-level ID.4], which lowers the price-point.
“So if you compare prices in the future, you have to compare with the ID.4 Pro Performance, which also gets 77kWh power. But it will be positioned a bit higher. The price is not yet fixed, but we expect it’ll be €2,000–€3,000 more.”
Q: A big part of Volkswagen’s aim for the ID.5 is for every car to reach the customer carbon neutral. Could you talk us through that process?
A: “We are trying to focus and even erase the engagement we’re doing in the environmental situation. We analysed how much CO2 was created in the production of the car and battery, and we support projects [that offset] the same amount that we use for the production.
“We also collaborate with energy companies that only offer energy in a CO2-neutral way, like solar and wind. And we have some plants which are powered by wind energy.
“The customer is also able to use the car in a CO2-neutral way. In Europe we have a daughter company, you could say, called Elli which provides you with a wallbox for your home, but also with energy that’s completely CO2-neutral. And it’s coming to the UK soon.”
Q: Has there been a call from the consumer for Volkswagen to produce its cars in a more sustainable manner? Or is it just a challenge the company has assumed?
A: “I think it’s both. For sure, more and more customers are aware of environmental damages and climate change and are asking for solutions. But also, we as a company want to raise the engagement and make the right products, while always bearing in mind that climate change has to be stopped. Mobility should be environmentally friendly.”
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