Every Volkswagen ID electric car previewed
The Golf-sized Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback is just the first in a series of fully electric ID-badged models that Volkswagen has planned. Here's everything you need to know about the cars that will...
If you buy an electric car from Volkswagen in the years to come, there’s a good chance that it will have a badge saying 'ID' somewhere on it. That’s because in time, most electric Volkswagens will be called ID cars. ID is Volkswagen’s forward-facing all-electric sub-brand, and while the first of its cars, the ID.3, is now on sale, there’s a whole host of other ID cars waiting in the wings. This is what we know about each of them so far.
ID.4 | On sale: Late 2021
The ID.4 is the next model in Volkswagen’s launch plans. It's a large electric SUV that will cost you a lot less than rivals such as the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-tron. Although it has a similar footprint to the Tiguan Allspace, which offers seating for seven, the ID.4 will only seat five. Buyers seeking a seven-seat electric SUV won’t have long to wait, though, because the larger ID Roomzz is also coming in 2021.
Inside, the ID.4 echoes the look of the ID.3 in having almost no physical buttons. Instead, everything is controlled through touch-sensitive icons or the 10in infotainment touchscreen. A second, 5.3in digital instrument cluster puts the most relevanrt information right in front of your eyes.
Although the ID.4 will initially be offered with rear-wheel drive, a single 201bhp electric motor and a range of up to 323 miles, versions with four-wheel drive and potentially a longer range will be offered later. One of those models will be the GTX version, a performance-orientated SUV sold exclusively with two electric motors and an increased power output over the regular ID.4.
As with other ID models, buyers should be able to charge the car’s battery to 80% of capacity in just 30 minutes when using a 150kW rapid charging point.
ID.6 | On sale: Late 2021
This Roomzz concept previews the largest electric SUV Volkswagen will make – for now at least. Unveiled at the Shanghai motor show in 2019, the seven-seat SUV will be a rival for Tesla’s Model X and will take the ID.6 name into production. It’s likely to be sold in China and the US first, before coming to Europe at a later date.
Power for the Roomzz comes from two electric motors developing a combined 302bhp, with both being fed by an 82kWh battery giving an official range of up to 280 miles. When connected to a 150kW rapid charger, the Roomzz can be charged to 80% of capacity in just 30 minutes.
Although the car's looks will be toned down on its journey to production, some elements from the concept, such as the huge 13.8in digital instrument cluster and augmented reality head-up display, will remain. Other frivolities, such as a steering wheel that retracts back into the dashboard when the car is driving itself, are likely to be dropped.
ID Vizzion | On sale: Early 2022
Revealed in concept form at the Geneva motor show in 2018, the ID Vizzion is Volkswagen’s new electric luxury car. Intended to sit at the very top of the ID range, the Vizzion will rival luxury cars such as the Tesla Model S and BMW 5 Series.
With dual electric motors producing a combined 302bhp, the ID Vizzion offers an impressive official range of 413 miles. Inside, the conceptual version previews some of the technology that Volkswagen will offer from around 2030, including a hologram-based infotainment system and augmented reality technology. For the production version of the Vizzion, however, expect a far more toned-down interior.
ID Space Vizzion | On sale: Summer 2022
The Space Vizzion is designed to appeal to those buyers who want luxury and space, but who don’t want an SUV. It’s an estate version of the ID Vizzion luxury car and is said to have an official range of up to 367 miles.
ID Buzz | On sale: Summer 2022
For bigger families in need of a lot of space but who don’t want an SUV, Volkswagen will offer the Buzz people carrier. Although its design was inspired by the retro Volkswagen Microbus, this car is just as futuristic as the other ID models.
With power coming from one or two electric motors, the Buzz is expected to have a range of 372 miles in range-topping form and will be offered in both rear and four-wheel-drive guises, with power options of up to 369bhp.
The Buzz can seat up to eight people inside, but there will also be a ‘Buzz Cargo’ van version, which will be aimed at fleets and is expected to be offered in a range of different configurations.
Volkswagen sees the Buzz as being a spiritual successor to today’s Touran – an MPV that we like a lot but which sits in a market where sales are falling as more people choose SUVs.
ID 5 | On sale: Late 2022
The ID 5 is the coupé version of the ID 4 SUV. Almost everything besides the styling will remain the same, meaning the same battery and power outputs will be offered, alongside very similar ranges and an almost identical interior. Just like its more conventional SUV sibling, the ID 5 will be crowned by a performance version wearing the GTX badge.
ID R | On sale: 2023
Think small, sporty and electric and you might find yourself thinking about the upcoming Tesla Roadster. Instead, Volkswagen wants you to picture the ID R, a range-topping sports car that could eventually form the basis of an electric replacement for today’s Audi TT. Using the same electric motors and battery as the ID 3, the ID R would be offered with either front, rear or four-wheel drive and a choice of power outputs.
ID.1 | On sale: 2023
The ID.1 is intended to be as big a step for Volkswagen as the original Beetle: a small electric vehicle with a decent range and a low price tag, designed to get as many people as possible driving electric cars. It’s likely that the ID.1 will eventually replace today’s e-Up and should offer a driving range of at least 161 miles.
ID.3 R | On sale: Early 2024
In the same way that the high-performance Golf GTI and R come after the standard Golf, the ID.3 R will come some time after the regular ID.3 but will sit at the top of the range, appealing to drivers who want thrills from their electric hatchback. With up to 300bhp coming from its dual electric motors, the ID.3 R shouldn’t be short on pace. We can also expect to see significantly beefier styling than the standard ID 3.
ID.2 | On sale: 2024
The ID.2 will be a raised-up version of the ID.1, with beefier styling designed to make it look like a rufty-tufty off-roader. Expect the same range, interior and functionality as the ID.1 and a price tag which places it neatly between that car and the larger ID.4 SUV.
ID Buggy | On sale: Late 2024
Harking back to the Volkswagen Beetle-based beach buggies of the 1960s, the ID Buggy is an all-electric off-road vehicle that is likely to be sold in small numbers.
Power comes from a single 202bhp electric motor mounted at the rear of the car, allowing for a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.2sec and a top speed of 99mph. The 62kWh battery pack gives an official range of 155 miles, but that figure could improve, given likely advances in battery technology by the time it goes on sale. While natively rear-wheel drive, a second smaller electric motor could be fitted to the ID Buggy to give it four-wheel drive.
With dimensions that make it shorter, wider and lower to the ground than the ID 3 hatchback, the ID Buggy is nonetheless an imposing sight, with 18in wheels and chunky off-road tyres. Although the concept version we’ve seen so far has two seats, two optional rear seats could also be fitted to give the ID Buggy some family-friendly qualities. Don’t worry about the rain, either, because there’s also a detachable cover to protect those inside from the elements.
Unlike most other ID cars, there’s no large infotainment screen inside the Buggy; instead, the most vital information is presented on a small readout behind the steering wheel. Music can be played via a smartphone connected to Bluetooth speakers inside the car. The interior is made of sturdy materials and is designed to be wiped down after journeys.
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