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2025 new Volkswagen ID. Life (ID.2): price, specs and release date

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Volkswagen ID Life (ID.2) exterior

The new Volkswagen ID.2 has been previewed by the Volkswagen ID. Life concept car at the 2021 Munich Motor Show.

Expected to be priced as low as £17,000 when it goes on sale in 2025, the Volkswagen ID.2 will have a range of up to 249 miles. It'll sit below the existing Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 in the brand's rapidly-expanding electric line-up.

Volkswagen ID Life (ID.2) rear exterior
Volkswagen ID Life (ID.2) interior

2025 Volkswagen ID. Life (ID.2) price and release date

The Volkswagen ID. Life will cost approximately €20,000 when it goes on sale as the Volkswagen ID.2 in 2025. That's around £17,000 – which would make it a very affordable electric car, undercutting the current crop of cheap EVs including the Renault Zoe and Fiat 500 Electric.

As we approach the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars, buyers will look at small electric cars like the Volkswagen ID.2 as a replacement for conventional hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta. These both currently have a start price around the £17,000 mooted for the new Volkswagen ID. 2.

2025 Volkswagen ID Life (ID.2) front-three quarter exterior

2025 Volkswagen ID. Life (ID.2) styling

The Volkswagen ID. Life looks more like a Honda E than, say, the existing Volkswagen e-Up. The brand describes the ID. Life's design as "strikingly clear, pared-down and high-quality." It looks rather rugged and, indeed, will be borderline small SUV rather than just a simple hatchback.

Of course, the Volkswagen ID. Life has been designed with sustainability in mind. Wood chips are used to provide colour in the clear coat for the bodywork, while the air chamber roof is made from recycled plastic bottles. Bio-oil, natural rubber and rice husks are just some of the materials that serve as a basis for the tyres on the ID. Life.

Volkswagen ID. Life (ID.2) interior

2025 Volkswagen ID. Life (ID.2) interior and infotainment

Not content with simply being a car, the new Volkswagen ID. Life is "a reliable companion for digital experiences of various kinds." It can be converted into a cinema or gaming lounge, thanks to a video game console and projector that are included. Remember that, for now, the ID. Life is just a concept car – whether many of these features will make it into the production Volkswagen ID.2 remains to be seen.

The seating is extremely flexible, with a front seat bench that can fold down entirely. So can the rear bench, providing a bed measuring two metres in length, or an extended cargo bay.

Interior and exterior mirrors are replaced by cameras and digital displays (much like the Audi e-tron), while a smartphone can be integrated into the operating system. Personal devices (including phones and tablets) can be used to operate the navigation system. 

Volkswagen ID Life (ID.2) powertrain

2025 Volkswagen ID. Life (ID.2): battery, performance and electric range 

The Volkswagen ID. Life is powered by a 57kWh battery which provides a WLTP range of around 249 miles. It shares Volkswagen's MEB electric car platform with the bigger ID.3 and ID.4 but, unlike these, power is sent to the front wheels via a single electric motor. With 234PS on tap, the Volkswagen ID. Life can accelerate to 62mph in 6.9 seconds. Top speed is yet to be confirmed.

“The ID. Life proves once again how uniquely flexible the MEB is. The platform is suitable for vehicles of all types, from small cars to vans,” says Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management for Development. “It’s the most scalable electrical architecture in the industry. We’re just beginning to tap into the potential of MEB. Performance, charging capacity and range will continue to improve with each new model and software update.”

Find deals on the Volkswagen ID.3

Can't wait until 2025 for the new Volkswagen ID.2? Fortunately, there are already a number of electric Volkswagens on the market: including the e-Up, ID.3 and ID.4.

The Volkswagen ID.3 is a relatively affordable electric car. It's similar in size to the Volkswagen Golf hatchback (indeed, it indirectly replaced the old Volkswagen e-Golf), competing with the Citroen e-C4, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the ageing Nissan Leaf. You can read our full review of the Volkswagen ID.3 here.

A search of heycar's Volkswagen ID.3 listings reveals that you can pick up a lightly-used example from around £28,000. Prices will soon start to drop – representing a good, used alternative to the new Volkswagen ID.2 without the long wait.

The Volkswagen ID.2 will go on sale in 2025, based on the 2021 Volkswagen ID. Life concept car. It'll be a small electric car, based on the same MEB platform as the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4. Prices are expected to start from around £17,000.

The Volkswagen ID. Life is a concept car revealed at the 2021 Munich Motor Show. It's an electric car based on the brand's MEB platform, previewing the upcoming Volkswagen ID.2.

While the Volkswagen ID. Life is a concept car, it's expected to go into production as the Volkswagen ID.2. It'll arrive in 2025, with prices expected to start from around €20,000 – that's around £17,000 in the UK, making it a very affordable electric car.

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