Volkswagen ID.5 review


What is?

It’s the future, in a way. Cars like the Volkswagen ID.5 are interesting for the change they herald in the entire process of building and owning cars. What was once just well-designed hardware has become a foundation of high-tech software. And because of the ability to update these software systems remotely, cars like this will hit the market ready, but not finished.

In fact, VW just released a very updated version of its system (3.1 in case you’re following) that unlocked faster charging up to 135kW, new features, and answers to customer issues.

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Bien sûr, les mises à jour logicielles en direct ne peuvent pas améliorer les défauts de conception fondamentaux comme l’insistance de l’entreprise à vaincre ses intérieurs de boutons, laissant le conducteur se débattre dans des sous-menus sans fin qui détournent son attention Of the road.

It looks a lot like the ID.4, how is it different?

From the B-pillar forward, it’s essentially the same car, while the ID.4’s responsive rear end has been reduced to a coupe-like finish on the ID.5. You see, it’s the classy option and it comes with a new GTX model that aims to channel the spirit of GTIs of the past and convince naysayers that EVs can be fast and cool.


No, not really. The GTX is certainly fast, but it warrants no association with the legendary GTIs implied. It will get you through a country road quickly, but without a sense of real driver satisfaction or engagement. Likewise, it’s hard-hitting on the highway (up to its 112mph top speed, no doubt), but you’ll soon start to worry about range.

The disappointment with the car is that we’re still plagued by the lazy trope that sportiness means a stiff ride and overly heavy steering. Volkswagen isn’t saying anything about the weight of the ID.5 GTX, but the Skoda Enyaq Coupe vRS weighs around 2,200kg and VW definitely feels like it’s in that ballpark.

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So what is the ID.5 for?

Is the ID.5 more beautiful than the ID.4 with its coupe roofline? It’s different, it’s all the enthusiasm we can muster for it. Nobody needs a two-ton electric Volkswagen SUV that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds, but opt ​​for a Pro or Pro Performance model and the ID.5 will be a benign and helpful presence in the background. of your life.

It’s capable of incredibly economical driving for its size and weight, although the GTX Max even tows 1,400kg of braked trailer, so there’s that to be added. The lower specs also manage an extra 15 miles of range on the 77kWh battery for an official WLTP 323 miles of range on a charge.

What’s the verdict?

VW thinks it’s ready to incorporate its electric cars, but the ID.5 won’t lead the charge

The ID.4’s electric powertrain is still a compelling package that VW has created, but it suffers from being paired with an infotainment system that still has enough inherent flaws to make it uncomfortable. In fact, it’s a car that is characterized by its clever touches and weak points, ultimately feeling like a machine forced on you rather than offered as a tool you can mold around your daily life.

It all depends on what you want from it: the styling may seem divisive, but it offers a bit more choice in the VW Group’s electric range. You may like the way technology works, or then could drive you crazy. A lot of this stuff is subjective, and the bland ubiquity of electric powertrains has stripped away some of the cars’ distinctive characters. Just like buying a new phone, it’s about how it will fit into your life. Take the ID.5 for a spin, test out a few of its rivals, and see which appeals to you the most.

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Volkswagen ID.5 dynamic frontVolkswagen ID.5 dynamic three-quarter rearRear detail of the Volkswagen ID.5 GTX model

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