The ID will be the first in a range of VW electric vehicles, promising a 250-mile range and autonomous driving
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- Fully electric Golf-sized hatchback
- The first of VW’s new electric models
- It’ll have a range of more than 250 miles
- On sale in late 2019
The VW ID hatchback has already been unveiled as a concept car, but VW is set to start production in under two years’ time – it’ll be on sale before 2020. It’ll be a spacious and practical purely electric car to rival the Tesla Model 3, and will spawn a range of ID-badged electric cars by 2022.
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The ID concept previews what the next VW Golf might look like, with few creases and larger windows that’ll offer a better view out. It’ll retain the conventional shape because it’ll be the first ID car to be produced, followed by the 2020 ID Crozz SUV and the ID Buzz – a modern take on the iconic VW campervan.
Although the headlights will be changed in the production model, the angled lights on this concept look similar to VW’s current range of cars and it’ll still have blue inserts when it goes on sale. At the rear, the tailgate looks to be one piece of glass like on the Up city car, and the thin LED lights make the car look low and wide. As fetching as they are, the low-profile blue tyres will be swapped for smaller wheels when it goes into production.
The ID concept has a panoramic glass roof that stretches almost the entire length of the car, making it feel really airy inside. It’ll be an option on the production model but it’ll be separate from the windscreen for crash protection (and so there’s somewhere to mount sun visors).
Fully autonomous driving is still a way off, so the steering wheel will be more conventional – although it’ll retract into the minimalist dashboard in future. It’ll be able to pilot itself in a lot of circumstances, leaving you and your passengers to chat in near-silence. Expect the production version to have five seats and more boot space than the current Golf.
Engines and driving
The ID will be powered by a 125kW electric motor – that’s more powerful than a motor from the top-spec Tesla Model S. With all the electric power being available instantly, the I.D. will have fast acceleration, and VW claims it can drive between 250 and 370 miles before needing a charge. VW says the battery will recharge to 80% capacity in just half an hour, and that completely autonomous driving ability will be available on the ID by around 2025.
Price and release date
The ID is set to go on sale at the end of 2019. It’s likely to cost more than the equivalent Golf – which it’ll be sold alongside – at least until battery technology improves and becomes less expensive. Expect it to cost around £27,500.