New Volkswagen ID7 GTX review: first impressions of sporty EV

June 04, 2024 by

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This is the new Volkswagen ID7 GTX, a warmed-up version of VW’s flagship electric car.

  • New Volkswagen ID7 GTX revealed
  • More powerful version of VW’s flagship EV
  • Available as both a fastback or an estate
  • Dual-motor setup with 340hp
  • Upgraded interior
  • On sale later this year

It’s been a few months now since Volkswagen first showed us the ID7 Tourer GTX, a sporty electric estate car which provides an alternative to the BMW i5 Touring.

Well now its swoopy fastback counterpart has finally broken cover. It uses the same 340hp dual-motor setup as the estate version, it’s just wrapped up in a more swoopy-looking body. Carwow was given the chance to poke around both of these cars, so read on for our first impressions.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX design

The GTX is a warmed-up version of Volkswagen’s ID7 electric car, and as such it has plenty of sporty additions to help it stand out.

New Volkswagen ID7 Tourer GTX front quarter

Starting up front you have a new honeycomb style grille with a gloss black finish, as well as some arrow-shaped running lights lower down. A contrasting black roof is also standard, as are the unique 20-inch alloy wheels.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX rear

Changes to the rear are slightly more subtle, with just some black trim on the lower bumper setting the GTX apart from the regular ID7. Both the saloon and the Tourer have a sleek LED light bar at the rear with an illuminated VW logo.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX motors and performance

Both the Volkswagen ID7 GTX saloon and Tourer use a 340hp dual-motor setup with all-wheel drive, giving it 54hp more than the rear-wheel drive Pro S model. It’s also exactly the same output as the BMW i5 eDrive 40.

New Volkswagen ID7 Tourer GTX rear quarter

A 0-60mph time hasn’t been confirmed just yet, however you can take an educated guess at how quick it’ll be based on other GTX models. The Volkswagen ID5 GTX uses the same 340hp setup, and that car does 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds. The ID7 is likely to be slightly lighter than this SUV, so expect it to shave a few tenths of a second off this time.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX rear quarter

We haven’t yet had the chance to get behind the wheel of the new ID7 GTX, so you’ll have to hang on a bit longer for our driving impressions. It should feel more engaging to drive than the standard car though, because there have been a few tweaks to the suspension.

It has more chunky anti-roll bars, as well as a quicker steering setup which is likely to make it feel more agile than the softer, more wafty normal ID7.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX batteries and range

This souped-up GTX version of the Volkswagen ID7 is powered by an 86kWh battery, up from the 77kWh pack you get in the standard car.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX side

Volkswagen forecasts (though it hasn’t gone through the official tests just yet) a range of up to 388 miles – 38 miles less than the single-motor ID7 Tourer fitted with the same sized battery.

New Volkswagen ID7 Tourer GTX back

It’s capable of charging at up to 200kW at a suitably powerful public chargepoint, which means a 10-80% top-up takes less than 30 minutes.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX interior and infotainment

There are a few changes to the ID7’s interior to make the GTX model feel more special.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX interior

The most notable change is the sports seats, which are more body-hugging than the standard chairs and feature the GTX logo embroidered in the headrests. You can also get optional ergoActive seats, which are half leather and half suede and have a massage function.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX seats

Other tweaks include red stitching, a sports steering wheel and a lot of GTX logos, however this sporty electric car is just as practical as the lesser models.

You get the same spacious cabin with loads of passenger space, as well as plenty of handy cubby holes. If it’s the ultimate in practicality you want, the Tourer estate version will be the best fit.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX rear seats

It has 530 litres of boot space, and this can be expanded to 605 litres if you tip the rear seats upright. That’s 75 litres more than the ID7 fastback, and it’s 35 litres more than the BMW i5 Touring.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX boot

All ID7 models come with a whopping 15.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and it’s pretty easy to use. The screen is bright and responsive, and the menus are easy to navigate. It’s just a shame that the climate control is operated through it, rather than with physical buttons.

New Volkswagen ID7 GTX price and release date

The new Volkswagen ID7 GTX will go on sale later this year in both fastback and estate forms, however pricing hasn’t been confirmed just yet. The regular ID7 costs from £51,000, so with the larger battery pack and the performance boost of the GTX you can expect a price tag of around £65,000.

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