EXPRESS TEST VW ID.5: The exception that confirms the rule
CAR Generally speaking, electric SUVs are the antithesis of energy efficiency. But any rule with its exception, and here’s one.
The latest arrival in the “electric” part of VW dealerships (while waiting for the ID.Buzz), the ID.5 is actually the coupe version of the ID.4. Coupe is obviously a big word, but the fact is that the plunging stern gives the model a more dynamic, let’s say even more desirable, profile. And that’s clearly not the only benefit.
But first, the guided tour. By opening the door of what looks like a huge pebble polished by time – shapes imposed by aerodynamic optimization, of course – we discover a rather welcoming interior.
As it should be, the interior presentation of the ID models is relatively standardized, with the small screen in front of the driver for the basic information (here, point of large multi-configurable screen), the dashboard with a horizontal design that gives a beautiful impression of space, and in its center, the multimedia screen, highlighted by “touch” controls that have the gift of irritating some, but to which we end up getting used to it. Small detail always fun: the symbols “Play” on the accelerator pedal and “Pause” on the brake.
One of the strong points of the ID.5 is space. The impression mentioned above is not just an impression. On board, everything is bright, airy, the rear seats are royal, and the trunk of 589 liters is perfectly family.
The equipment of the ID.5 is potentially very high flying. We say potentially, because despite a base price of 52.550 €, there are still quite a few options, sometimes gathered in packs charged several thousand euros. But hey, the main thing is both in terms of comfort and safety, and then there is no secret: in an electric car, what explodes the price is… batteries.
But the VW ID.5 is generous in this regard. If you have the choice between a 174 or 204 hp version, the manufacturer currently only offers the large 77 kWh battery, which allows a theoretical WLTP range of 522 km. We will see later c what it gives in real life.
On the road, the ID.5 is a really, really pleasant vehicle to live in, and not too exotic for those who discover electric driving. It has no other claim than to make you travel comfortably, and that is precisely what it does. Although even at this price, this SUV is to be considered as a “mid-range” vehicle, it is nevertheless an opulent and soothing impression that it gives off. If you have the means, or if it is “the box” that offers it to you, no reason to make the fine mouth.
Good energy balance
We would say above that the plunging profile does not only benefit the aesthetics of the ID.5. It also benefits from its aerodynamics, and therefore its energy performance, better than that of the ID.4. VW announces 16.7 kWh/100 km for the 204 hp version of our test and to our surprise, we have noted… 16.3 kWh. With however a little more than 200 km of highway on the 400 of our course. We are the first to point the finger at electric SUVs, but when it’s good, it has to be said too. That is fine.
On the other hand, one wonders how VW gets a range of 522 km with its official average. Because with our lower average, we were more around 460-470 km. What we find honourable. And for those who are interested, we estimate the motorway range at just over 400 km. Not bad, but we are still far from considering going on vacation without deeply questioning our habits.