Order books for the Volkswagen ID will open in May. Read everything you need to know – including the price, specs and release date – for VW’s first electric-only car.
Volkswagen ID electric car
near 350-mile range
Price and release date
from £26,000, on sale in May
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Volkswagen ID price and release date
You’ll be able to order your new Volkswagen ID in May, although you won’t see the finished car until its launch at the Frankfurt motor show in September. First deliveries of VW’s standalone electric car aren’t expected to be made until 2020. Volkswagen has confirmed the car will have a price of around £26,000 (£22,500 when you factor in the Goverment’s electric-car grant) so it’ll be nearly £5,000 cheaper than its most obvious alternative, the BMW’s i3. You can expect the price to rise to closer to £40,000 for a top-spec ID with a 350-mile range.
Volkswagen ID styling
To help it appeal to as many new buyers as possible, the Volkswagen ID is unlikely to get the same polarising styling as the extremely futuristic BMW i3. But it’ll still be easy for you to spot that its an electric car.
That filled in grille gives the game away straight away. With no radiator to cool, there’s no need to channel air through the front of the car, which means VW can give the ID a smooth front end that makes it more aerodynamic. A huge badge means it’ll still be instantly recognisable as a VW and you can expect the car to have a chrome flash running between the LED headlights. With its electric motor located at the back, the bonnet can be stubby and, while it’s not quite as long as a VW Golf, you can expect to be slightly taller and wider.
The ID’s height is easier to spot in profile and is a result of the bulky batteries sandwiched underneath the car’s floor. From this angle, you’ll also spot the car’s aerodynamic wheels with low-rolling-resistance tyres designed to maximise battery range. The boot-mounted spoiler and rear-facing cameras (which replace conventional wing mirrors) do the same job – reducing drag by helping the car cut through the air more easily, saving vital energy into the bargain. The same can’t be said for the flush-fitting door handles which pop out when you unlock the car. They are there because, well, they look cool.
Sadly, you’ll struggle to find much surprise and delight from the back of the ID. Those rear LEDs are bound to give it a distinctive look in the dark and you get a one-piece glass boot lid and… that’s about it. At least there are no fake exhausts to get annoyed about.
Volkswagen ID interior
In terms of design, you can expect the ID’s interior to be dominated by two large infotainment screens. The first will be found behind the steering wheel taking the form of the Active Info Display found in VW’s current models – it’ll be able to switch between functions including a huge map that’ll make it easy to follow the car’s sat-nav directions. The other display will be a floating touchscreen on the centre of the dashboard. You can expect it have Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity and to also understand spoken word voice commands.
Volkswagen ID practicality
VW has claimed the ID will offer ‘Passat levels of space’ in a car that’s slightly smaller than a Golf. Sounds good!
That tall roofline should mean even tall adults will have plenty of headroom and the ID will have a completely flat floor that will likely mean your fifth passenger has as much room for their feet as everyone else in the back. Even getting in should be made easier by the car’s tall ride height.
One place the ID might not do so well in is boot space. With its motor hidden underneath, you can expect the boot to be shallow although VW’s attention for detail should ensure it has a low load lip that makes loading easy and will be packed with handy features for securing shopping and luggage. You can also expect the back seats to fold neatly to give you a completely flat load bay.
Volkswagen ID driving and range
The Volkswagen ID will be offered with three battery capacities of 48kWh, 55kWh or 62kWh – giving the car a range of between 200 and 350 miles. Expect basic cars to offer comparable performance to an entry-level Golf, although the instant surge of the electric motor will make the ID feel quicker off the line than a petrol or diesel. The 55kWh and 62kWh versions will have acceleration comparable to a fast Volkswagen Golf GTI. Depending on which charger you use – the fastest the ID will be compatible with is a 125kWh system – the VW will be able to charge its battery from zero to 80 per cent in as little as 35 minutes.
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