2022 Volkswagen ID.5 – Exterior and Interior Design / Premium E-SUV coupe. Volkswagen has pulled the sheets off its latest pure-electric vehicle, the ID.5 coupe-SUV. It’ll be available to order early next year with prices expected to start from around £47,000, meaning the German brand’s latest ID. model will go up against the Kia EV6 and Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback.
The VW ID.5 is based on the same MEB underpinnings as the brand’s ID.4, meaning its width, length and wheelbase all remain the same – but the sporty coupe body on top has been designed to broaden the appeal of the firm’s ID. line-up and capitalise on the booming coupe-SUV market. Like the ID.3 and ID.4, the new ID.5 will be built at Volkswagen’s plant in Zwickau.
One of the benefits of the new body style is slightly improved aerodynamics, which has increased the car’s maximum range compared with the ID.4 – albeit only slightly. The slipperiest ID.5 has a drag coefficient of just 0.26Cd, which boosts its maximum range to 323 miles, which is an increase of one mile over the longest-range ID.4.
UK buyers will have a choice of three electric powertrains, all of which will come as standard with Volkswagen’s 77kWh battery. The entry-level ID.5 Pro features a 172bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle, which offers a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds and a top speed of 99mph.
The mid-range Pro Performance variant has a more powerful 201bhp electric motor at the rear, which reduces the ID.5’s 0-62mph time to 8.4 seconds. However, top speed remains the same at 99mph.
The sporty GTX model gains an extra motor on the front axle, to offer a combined output of 295bhp and four-wheel drive. The ID.5 GTX’s range drops to 304 miles, but it also slashes its 0-62mph time to 6.3 seconds while increasing its top speed to 112mph.
As it’s the sporty option in the range, the GTX gets a model-specific body kit with a more aggressive front bumper, a new lower grille and painted side skirts. There’s also a different aero package for the rear, consisting of a larger spoiler and a diffuser, which actually generates a small amount of downforce to help high-speed stability.
Volkswagen has also tuned the ID.5 GTX’s chassis, so it can better handle the extra performance on offer. There’s lowered suspension and upgraded brakes, but buyers can also specify Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive dampers as an optional extra.
Every ID.5 comes with an active shutter for the front grille, which automatically blanks off the opening when it’s not required for cooling. VW says it only makes a marginal difference to the car’s range.
Inside, buyers get the same six-inch digital instrument cluster and 12-inch infotainment system as the ID.4. Unlike the company’s petrol-powered SUVs, Volkswagen is keen to point out that the ID.5’s cabin doesn’t use any animal products. Also, as there’s no transmission tunnel running down the centre of the car, there’s a little more space inside than the equivalent Tiguan.
Unusually for a coupe-SUV, Volkswagen has also managed to make the ID.5’s boot a little bigger than its ID.4 sibling – at least up to the level of the parcel shelf. There’s 549 litres of space, which is six litres more than you get in the ID.4.
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