Volkswagen ID.5 test: a different vision

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The ID.5 is first and foremost an evolution of the ID.4, compared to which its plunging profile is sure to appeal to the most design-sensitive. However, their size remains very close, the difference in length is only two small centimeters. A two-tone color with a black roof is standard on the ID.5, as are LED lights and the already very large 19-inch wheels (20 and 21 inches as options). Volkswagen remains relatively serious in terms of colors, with King Red or Twilight blue for exotic and Lunar Grey, Silver Grey, Ebony Black or Glacier White for sobriety. The orange Phoenix or the bright green Mamba on the Enyaq RS already demonstrate Skoda’s more rampant positioning. An even stronger feeling from the addition of Crystal Face on the Czech, as chic as the “show off”, where Volkswagen only logically takes on the ID.5 its discreet, but nevertheless very distinctive, light stripe connecting the front optics. This part is only offered as an option in the rather expensive Design Package (€2,100, standard on the GTX), but also allows you to take advantage of smart matrix lighting or 3D-effect taillights and dynamic indicators.

Sobriety by default, features in the settings

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The interiors offered by default on the ID.5 Pro and Pro Performance are fairly dark and simple (however, the sporty GTX version gets a more attractive sport trim, but it’s also more expensive). To add a bit of appeal in colors and materials, you’ll have to note the optional packages (from €1,175) that provide Brown Florence faux leather or even an all-white steering wheel, for example. But here, too, Skoda went a little further with a very distinct living room vibe without necessarily checking out all the options.

On the other hand, a minimalist human-machine interface is common to many electrified models today, as evidenced by the small 5.3-inch digital screen, designed as a mini-tablet and integrating a minimum of information that can be supplemented. with projection display. In another segment, we saw the same logic on the Citroën C5X. Citroën, for which the ID.5 box control in the satellite behind the steering wheel should bring back some memories as it reminds Visa’s light controls in the 80s, right?
Apple Carplay and Android Auto wireless connectivity is standard on the ID.5, as is dual-zone air conditioning, heated front seats and steering wheel, folding mirrors, and ID Light (which provides information about vehicle and environmental conditions). ). The central 12-inch touchpad is also enabled by default, and if the latter proved to be quite pleasant to use, during our test it also proved to be sensitive to high heat, in particular, an untimely restart.

With its stern lowered, rear habitability is necessarily less generous than the ID.4, especially in the window-side bow, but will not pose a problem for people under 1.80 meters tall. The center seat can be exploited thanks to the absence or near-lengthwise tunnel, even if the heating unit at the rear would deserve to be more compact to still get a little more legroom.

Unexpectedly, the coupe’s boot volume, measured at 549 liters, is slightly larger than that of the ID.4 (6 liters more). The space is not the deepest with the presence of an electric motor just below. Logically, large luggage will also be a bit more difficult to accommodate with a drop-down rear window. We still carry 5 suitcases in hand luggage, which is also equivalent to 2 large suitcases and accessories. Fraction 60/40 backrest, hooks, 12V socket and ski hatch are standard.

Effective Options for Anxiety

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In addition to the standard reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and parking assistance, the ID.5 also offers an Assistance Plus package (€1,750) that increases all these features tenfold. In this way, semi-autonomous driving uses the Car2X function to communicate with other vehicles equipped with it, and thus perfectly position the car in the lane. The ID.5 can also independently manage lane change maneuvers (eg for overtaking). This feature has so far been particularly common in the premium class and only allows you to keep 2 fingers on the capacitive steering wheel, letting the car do its thing (which of course also makes sure to check the surrounding environment before trying to do anything). However, in our eyes, the interest will really be justified on the day when you no longer even need to touch the steering wheel.

Intelligent Parking Assist Plus takes it one step further. In this way, it becomes possible to record up to 5 parking spaces, even unmarked ones (e.g. lawn). Even better is to record the entire route, for example, from the start of the dead end to the parking lot. We tested and even challenged this system by targeting a gravel space that required a boat to cross a curb, and the ID.5 performed the entire maneuver serenely and accurately. No more suffering from a scratched rim or an exploding mirror! In any case, in previously registered areas.

150 kW recommended

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A permanently excited synchronous motor on the rear axle of the ID.5 Pro and Pro Performance produces 128 kW (174 hp) and 150 kW (204 hp) respectively. The first power is sufficient mainly for urban use, but a higher calibration is needed for travelling. It is more at ease, in our opinion, to enter the fast lanes and overtake in particular. Obviously, the 220 kW (299 hp) and all-wheel drive (adding an induction motor on the front axle) version of the GTX removes the last possible frustration, even if this model does not yet fall into the category of electric vehicles. , which packs the vertebrae when accelerating.

Logically, the quieter versions provide the best autonomy, since the 77 kWh battery is common to all versions. That said, the ID.5 Pro Performance we recommend delivers the same range and consumption as the small Pro model, with 513 km at 17.5 kWh/100 km. Therefore, it is advantageous to give preference to an intermediate model. Performance model or not, our mixed course rolled around in normal driving, showing an autonomy of around 400km (which still leaves something to be foreseen) and a slightly high consumption of around 20kWh/100km. Here, most likely, the air conditioner, which worked at full capacity in the current summer heat, affected. Once discharged, the ID.5 charges in 7:30 (to 100%) from an 11kW AC outlet and 29 minutes (from 5 to 80%) from a 135kW DC outlet (see 150kW on the GTX).

DCC Recommended

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The first moment that pleasantly surprises after driving the wrong way: the turning radius of the ID.5 is exemplary. The width of an ordinary two-way road is enough to make a U-turn. After the embarrassment of meeting with the displeased glances of the press officer, the ID.5 appeared on the first corners, which deserved a little more direction at the wheel. Thus, it is necessary to apply a large steering angle to select the trajectory. Once the type was adopted, the ID.5 is not pleasant to drive, not showing any of the sporty flair that its body suggests. One might think that the GTX version is more insightful at this level, but in fact it is primarily a Sport Plus package that needs to be tested (€1,300 depending on the version) to get out of city car behavior and get closer to the road. If desired, of course. The package adds DCC controllable suspension and progressive steering, making the ID.5 more responsive to handle. It also cushions better in stiffness in Sport mode and flex in Comfort mode. Without a backpack, with passive damping and big wheels by default, the German is really a bit frisky on urban obstacles. ID.5 braking is quite satisfactory and represents the transition between energy recovery and disc friction. However, there are no paddles on the steering wheel to control this regeneration, but a simple B mode that does not significantly affect driving.

History of tastes

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If you had to choose between the Volkswagen ID.5 and the Skoda Enyaq iV coupe, it would be a bit like choosing a tuxedo or blazer. One is more sober, allows himself some small individual details, but does not go too far. The other is more shameless, allowing himself richer combinations of materials. When it comes to the electrical experience, it’s not day and night. To decide, it will mostly be a matter of taste and sensitivity to some additional German language equipment.

The Volkswagen ID.5 Pro version starts at 50,550 euros. The Pro Performance version we recommend costs just €2,150 more for more versatile performance. However, by adding the options mentioned in this test, we are very close to European Electric Model of the Year, the Kia EV6, with a high trim GT-Line for €58,490. If the Korean benefits from unrivaled rear space, however, it doesn’t offer controlled suspension (with the exception of the GT), parking assistance, and advanced ACC options. As for the Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV, pricing has yet to be announced. We can imagine that they are slightly inferior to Volkswagen, knowing that the Czechs benefit from the same technological advances. Finally, please note that since all of these prices are above the €45,000 level, the environmental bonus will be capped at €2,000.

Shortly speaking

SUV coupes, we love them or hate them. They still bring a hell of a dose of style to the shoebox segment. Therefore, most SUV manufacturers should have this type of sexy model in their catalog. In the Volkswagen group, the Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV has already revealed its seductive virtues, and now it is the turn of the parent brand to convince with another interpretation of the common base. ID.5 relies on a more prestigious positioning and a more rational style, thus targeting a wider clientele.

Florian Duchiron

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