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Volkswagen ID.5: price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell

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2022 Volkswagen ID.5 and ID.5 GTX

The Volkswagen ID.5 electric car launched today. It's the third model in VW's EV line-up – which includes the Volkswagen ID.3 and Volkswagen ID.4

The ID.5 has a 320-mile range and will be available as a high-performance GTX model – a Golf GTI equivalent for electric Volkswagens.

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX 2021
The Volkswagen ID.5 looks much sportier than the ID.4 in profile

Volkswagen ID.5 price and release date

The Volkswagen ID.5 goes on sale at the start of 2022 with a starting price of £47,000 for the rear-wheel-drive 170PS model. The top-of-the-range GTX version (in red), with four-wheel drive and 300PS will likely cost closer to £60,000.

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX red 2021
A fastback boot means the ID.5 can be both stylish and practical

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX

The Volkswagen ID.5 will be the firm's third electric car to get a high-performance GTX badge – it's to electric models what GTI is to petrols, GTD is to diesels and GTE is to the firm's quick hybrid models.

It gets a subtle body kit with a mesh lower grille, larger roof spoiler than the standard car, diffuser style rear bumper and big alloy wheels. The interior gets red highlights, sports seats and a sports steering wheel. 

The GTX has a motor at the front and the back producing 300PS in total and giving you four-wheel drive. VW hasn't confirmed figures, but the combination will likely get the GTX from 0-62mph in around 6.5 seconds, although full power is only available for 30-second bursts to help preserve the battery. Expect a 110mph limited top speed for the same reason. 

Volkswagen will likely rework the suspension and drop the ride height by 15mm to help make it feel slightly more agile in bends than the standard car.

New 2021 Volkswagen ID.5 styling and design

The Volkswagen ID.5 is basically a Volkswagen ID.4 with a more rakish roofline. As a result, the two cars are almost identical front on. That means you get a blanked off nose that's more aerodynamic than a grille – traditionally needed on cars with radiators – and an LED light strip that runs across the width of the car's front end. It performs a cool light-up dance every time you lock and unlock the car. The Volkswagen ID.5 has vents that can open when cooling is needed. 

Around the sides, the Volkswagen ID.5 puts some clean air between itself and the Volkswagen ID.4 it shares its platform with. Its sloping roofline give a 0.26 (ID.5) or 0.27Cd (GTX) drag coefficient, which beats the ID.4's 0.28Cd figure, allowing it to cut through the air more cleanly to save fuel.

The sloping roofline means the ID.5 isn't as practical as the Volkswagen ID.4, with rear passenger headroom reduced by 12mm, but a hatchback boot lid means it'll be easy to load. 

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX interior
The ID.5's interior is the most infotainment heavy that we have seen from VW

New 2021 Volkswagen ID.5 interior and infotainment

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.5's interior will – at the risk of sounding like a broken record – closely mirror the interior of the Volkswagen ID.4, with a clean design that is dominated by two large infotainment screens. It uses the 3.0 version of Volkswagen's software which allows for over-the-air updates and for new features to be unlocked following payment. 

The touchscreen in the centre of the car is used to control everything from the suspension to the radio. It understands voice commands and uses the car's interior lighting to communicate things like cabin temperature – blue for cold, red for warm – to you and your passengers, allowing for a Herbie-like understanding between you and your Volkswagen. 

You also get a digital instrument binnacle behind the steering wheel, with the option to choose an augmented head-up display that makes navigation instructions look like they have been painted on the road. 

New 2021 Volkswagen ID.5 practicality 

The Volkswagen ID.5 will be surprisingly spacious for its size. Its stubby bonnet means more of the car's length can be dedicated to passenger space and packaging the batteries below your feet means the floor can be completely flat. 

That means the ID.5 will feel light and airy up front with loads of room for tall adults to get comfortable and plenty of smaller storage areas to keep the cabin tidy.

Thanks to that sloping roofline and smaller rear windows, the back of the Volkswagen ID.5 is slightly more cramped than the taller Volkswagen ID.4 but adults over six foot should still be able to fit, even in cars with the optional panoramic glass roof. Even three people will be able to sit across the back seat in reasonable comfort.

A 549-litre boot capacity means the Volkswagen ID.5 has a larger boot than the Volkswagen ID.4 (543 litres) so it will happily swallow a set of suitcases and you'll be able to stow away an adult's bike with the back seats folded away. 

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX boot
A sloping roof doesn't stop the ID.5 from being practical

New 2021 Volkswagen ID.5 performance

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.5 will initially be offered in 170PS and 204PS rear electric motor form, which will give it performance of 0-62mph in 10.2 and 8.4 seconds, respectively, and a top speed of 99mph, which is limited to help preserve range. 

Expect the ID.5 to focus on providing a relaxing drive with near-silent operation and a single gear that means it drives like an automatic. 

Regenerative brakes that recharge the battery whenever you lift your foot off the accelerator will make driving in town relaxing and – thanks to having no bulky engine to get in the way of the front wheels – it also has an extremely tight turning circle. While the standard models' performance is nothing startling on paper, the ID.5 will have scooter-like acceleration at city speeds. 

That said, the Volkswagen ID.5's range means it's perfectly capable of going further afield and its 150kW charging capacity means you can recharge the battery in just 30 minutes or 12 hours using a 7kW home charger. Its 77kWh battery will give it a range of up to 323 miles.

2021 Volkswagen ID.5 self-drive tech and safety

Mid-range Volkswagen ID.5s and above will be available with a full suite of autonomous driving aids meaning they can accelerate, brake and steer themselves on the motorway and in heavy traffic. You can expect them to have active cruise control that can read and follow speed limits as well as being able to pull out to overtake cars automatically when you indicate. Factor in automatic emergency brakes that can detect vehicles as well as people and steer around obstacles automatically and the Volkswagen ID.5 is a sure-fire bet to get a five-star NCAP rating for safety. 

Volkswagen ID.3 Review 2021 driving design

Find a used Volkswagen ID.3 for sale

While the ID.5 might be a few months away from showrooms, there are great deals to be done on its close cousin, the Volkswagen ID.3 which went on sale in 2019. 

£39,500 is enough to get you behind the wheel of a high-spec Pro model with a 70kWh battery. The car we saw was built in 2021 and had less than 1000 miles on the clock. There are even better deals to be done on the 58kWh model, with brand new cars advertised for less than £28,000, although we'd advise swapping the sad plastic hub caps for snazzier alloy wheels.

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