New Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX: spicy new electric people carrier revealed

March 21, 2024 by

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This is the new Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX, and it could be the perfect car for those with large families who are still seeking hot hatch thrills. Read on for all you need to know.

  • New Volkswagen ID Buzz revealed
  • 340hp electric people carrier
  • 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds
  • Seven-seat version available for the first time
  • May cost over £70,000

You wouldn’t usually associate an electric people carrier with sporty driving and rapid acceleration, but that hasn’t stopped Volkswagen from coming up with this: the ID Buzz GTX.

It’s a spiced-up version of the brand’s funky MPV, featuring dual motors with 340hp, as well as an impressive towing capacity.

New Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX motors and performance

Let’s start with the really exciting stuff: electric motors. That may sound like an oxymoron, however the 340hp you get from the dual motors in the new ID Buzz GTX delivers genuinely impressive performance.

This seven-seater people mover will do 0-60mph in around 6.5 seconds. For a bit of context, that’s only two tenths of a second slower than a Volkswagen Golf GTI will complete the same sprint, and it’s actually quicker than a Cupra Leon 300.

It’s not just the straight-line performance which impresses either, because the ID Buzz GTX can tow up to 1,800kg. That’s 800kg more than the standard ID Buzz, and the only EV which tops this is the BMW iX.

The standard GTX is fitted with a 79kWh battery, rising to 86kWh in the long-wheelbase model. Volkswagen hasn’t quoted an official range for this car yet, however you can expect the added performance to dent the standard car’s 258-mile figure somewhat.

New Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX design

There are a few distinguishing features to help the Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX stand out from the standard car, and not just this exclusive bright red paintwork.

The front bumper is unique to this performance version, featuring a deep lower air intake with an aggressive-looking honeycomb effect. The arrowhead daytime running lights are also a GTX exclusive.

You get 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, although the optional 21-inch alloy wheels really help amp up the sportiness. They can either be painted in straight black, or you can have a diamond cut finish. There’s also a gloss black diffuser on the rear bumper completing the look.

New Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX interior and practicality

The other big news for the new Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX is that it marks the arrival of the long-wheelbase seven-seater version. Up until now you could only get the ID Buzz with five seats in the UK, but this is set to change.

You can still get a short-wheelbase GTX with five seats, or you can opt for a long-wheelbase with either seven seats or six individual chairs, depending on how much luxury your kids like to travel in.

Other changes exclusive to the GTX include the black headlining, all other Buzz models get a light grey roof. There are also sports seats with GTX letters on the backrest, as well as a GTX branded steering wheel.

New Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX: how much is it?

There’s no official price for the new Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX just yet, however it’ll almost certainly be more expensive than the current range-topping version. That car isn’t exactly cheap at almost £65,000, and this sporty model could well fetch north of £70,000.

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