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Volkswagen ID.5 review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 front
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 front left tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 left tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 LHD right front static
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 LHD right rear static
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 above static
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 boot open
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 front
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 front left tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 left tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 LHD right front static
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 LHD right rear static
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 above static
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.5 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Volkswagen ID.5 comes with a comprehensive list of standard kit and can only be had with the range-topping 77kWh battery, so this naturally pushes the price of the base car beyond those of an entry-level Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia EV6 and Volvo C40 Recharge. In other words, this is not a cheap coupe SUV. And while we should point out that the Tesla Model Y Long Range is more expensive still, that car is equally well equipped and significantly quicker. 

Thankfully the ID.5 is predicted to hold its value well (although not quite as well as the Model Y) which should make for attractive leasing deals and PCP finance rates. And like all pure-electric cars, the ID.5 will cost you peanuts in company car tax.

Stepping up to Max trim gets you the heat pump as standard along with larger 20in wheels, adaptive suspension (DCC), progressive steering and drive-profile selection, while the range-topping GTX Max benefits from a bit of extra power, bolder looks and a sportier looking interior.

Volkswagen ID.5 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

The ID.5 is too new to have featured in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but Volkswagen itself finished in 20th place (out of 30 brands). For context, Hyundai was joint third, Kia was ninth, BMW was 13th, Tesla was 15th and Ford was down in 27th place.

Overview

The Volkswagen ID.5 is a good all-rounder that comes with plenty of kit, a decent range and an excellent safety score. However, rivals including the Genesis GV60, Kia EV6, Tesla Model Y and Volvo C40 Recharge are faster, smarter inside, have much better infotainment systems and take less time to charge.

  • Very well equipped
  • Has a big boot
  • Decent electric range
  • Poor infotainment and fiddly controls
  • Very expensive to buy outright
  • Interior feels a little cheap for the price
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