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ID.3, ID.4: We expect to find an electric SUV called ID.5, more impressive than these 2 cars in the Volkswagen catalog. Lost ! What, in this case, does this car bring, falling into this strange category of SUVs?

Electric family SUV

It would be wrong to think that Volkswagen ID.5 is shorter than ID.4. With the same width of 1.852 m, it extends even 1.5 cm more: 4.599 m versus 4.584 m. At 1.615 m, it is also very small with a height of 1.2 cm. These two cars should be considered as family electric SUVs. A specific shield, slightly more aggressive, distinguishes the coupe from the more classic model.

The car is standard on 19-inch wheels. Relatively full two-tone silver and black Hamar alloy wheels are fitted with Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 tires in 235/55 front and 255/50 rear. The presence of a spoiler at the stern, on a softened roof drop, confirms the originality of the ID.5.

The copy we have in our possession comes in a Pro Performance version with a simple moon gray paint job by default. The side glazing is highlighted in silver gray, more pronounced in the rear quarter.


Panoramic roof engine

The Volkswagen ID.5 in our hands is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 150 kW (204 hp) at 310 Nm of torque and powered by a battery with a usable energy capacity of 77 kWh.

An 11 kW charger is installed in the vehicle for AC charging. In DC stations, the maximum power declared by the German manufacturer is 135 kW. It is about 30 minutes to restore 80% of energy.

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A panoramic glass roof crowns our electric SUV coupe. We owe its appearance to the Design Plus package worth 3,000 euros. It also includes auto-switch matrix LED headlights with a welcome function, taillights with sequential turn signals, a light bar between projectors and logo, and laminated glass front side windows and tinted rear.

In the back

Behind the power opening tailgate, the boot volume is 549 liters, which can be increased to 1561 liters by folding the seatback into 2 parts, with a ski hatch. The double bottom allows you to store charging cables and various small things. Do not look for the franc in front: it is not there. If necessary, it is possible to tow a trailer up to 1000 kg.

Thanks to the absence of a central service tunnel, 3 people can be accommodated in the back while taking advantage of the generous knee room. The backrest tilt provides ample head-to-roof headroom despite slightly less headroom than on the ID.4.

Comfort is emphasized by padded armrests, storage space, 3-zone air conditioning and fully rolled windows.

Driver’s point of view

The driver and his neighbor need not complain much about the comfort of the two-tone ArtVelours upholstery and artificial leather that our Volkswagen ID.5 is equipped with. Against the €1,175 extra bill, ErgoActive type front seats with massage, heating, 12-way power adjustment, memory, pneumatically adjustable lumbar support and sliding retractable seats.

These seats are very comfortable but provide little support. They are good for large sizes. “, says Maxime Fontanier. The option includes other special items: stainless steel crank; electrically adjustable, folding and heated exterior mirrors; leather multifunction steering wheel with heating and touch control; Customizable 30-color decorative lighting.

It is thanks to this package that our electric SUV has a 2-piece asymmetrical folding bench seat back with a ski hatch and a center armrest with 2 cup holders. Please note that the vehicle has ample storage space and is well located and accessible.

Two screens on board

The dashboard presentation of the Volkswagen ID.5 is identical to that of the ID.4, with padded materials at the top of the panel that are level with the armrests of the door panels.

Behind the wheel is the same small digital instrument screen. The ergonomics of the central digital tablet can still be improved. For example, ” the air conditioner is still just as difficult to use: one has to press here, one has to press there again, in short, one has to press millions of buttons to turn on the air conditioner. “, our tester comments with deliberate exaggeration.

However, the ability to use this small bar with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is a very positive thing. ” In this generation, we have a new software 3.0, which should be optimized, more flexible and now allows the integration of an automatic parking system. Planning has also been optimized “, emphasizes Maxime Fontanier.

Very nice in the city »

Behind the wheel and behind the instrument screen to the right, the drive selector is not the most convenient. To have maximum engine braking, you need to request it again. This starts mode B (brake). But no pallets behind the hoop to improve regeneration power.

For ease of maneuvering, Volkswagen’s electric SUV coupe has a significant advantage common to the ID family: an excellent turning radius for its size. Here is 10.20 m.” This is the best in the category. This is much better than, for example, the Tesla Model Y, which is also much wider and harder to park. “, – compares our journalist.

In use, the brake and accelerator pedals are quite soft. ” For development in the city, this is an extremely pleasant SUV. Like the ID.4, or the cousin of the Skoda Enyaq, which also comes in a stripped-down version. lines up the man with the cap.

“Clumsy on Winding Roads”

Volkswagen ID.5 can be based on 3 chassis models: Sport (+ 400 euros), DCC Controlled Suspension (+ 1300 euros) or Standard as standard. The copy at our disposal is content with the latter. It shows great flexibility and thrill even in sport mode. Suffice it to say that winding departmental roads are not a favorite playground for this coupe-SUV.

What Maxime Fontanier puts it like this: the car is clumsy » ; ” We feel the weight of the batteries in the floor » ; ” Steering is light and lacks mid-point accuracy » ; ” The city is good, but for dynamic driving it lacks consistency. » ; ” We hear business roam cause there’s a lot to roll » ; ” You don’t really feel the front axle which tends to widen » ; ” ESP will sometimes kill the engine, preventing you from accelerating out of corners. » ; ” In terms of brakes, the feel is also a bit light, even if the stopping distance is adequate. “.

Therefore, our journalist advises choosing a Sport chassis or with a manned suspension. What will not harm the comfort of the people carried on board this vehicle, see first of all as ” a van that is valued for its habitability “.

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Restricted on expressways

In fast lanes, the Volkswagen ID.5 is fairly quiet, both in terms of air noise and rolling noise. Motorists should appreciate the easy-to-operate driving aids via steering wheel buttons. They are available, sometimes by accepting an additional package: active cruise control, traffic sign reading, keeping a distance from the vehicle in front, lane change assistance, etc.

The SUV coupe doesn’t aim to dazzle with exceptional performance. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds and its top speed is limited to 160 km/h.

On the track, in calm weather and at a temperature of 35°C, we recorded an average consumption of 22 kWh per 100 km. Which is not necessarily a lot for an electric car weighing 2117 kg. Thus, the power reserve to failure will be approximately 350 km. It is also possible that the new software 3.0, which controls the machine and intervenes in particular in battery management, makes it possible to reduce consumption.

Prices

As of 21 June 2022, the Volkswagen ID.5 price list starts at €52,550 inclusive of tax and excluding bonuses for the Pro model, which is limited to 128 kW (174 hp) engine power. The Pro Performance of our test, already better provided at this level (remember, 150 kW / 204 hp), requires a little more effort: 54,150 euros, not counting packages and options paid extra.

Which is still very expensive even if you have the standard assistance package and therefore a higher level of equipment than the cheaper €3700 ID.4. ”, concludes Maxime Fontanier.

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