The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Let’s start with the good bits. The Volkswagen ID.5's driver's seat is supportive, especially through corners, and adjustable lumbar support comes as standard on all models. The steering wheel extends a good amount for height and reach, and the pod for the digital instruments moves with it so you can always see the display. We also like the standard-fit augmented-reality head-up display because it’s crystal clear, easy to read and highly configurable.
Even the single folding armrest attached to the driver’s seat is a nice addition. Yes, it’s not quite as comfortable as the broader centre armrest you get in an Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback or Tesla Model Y, but it does a decent job.
Thankfully your sideways view is fine, but the ID.5’s tapering roofline and thick rear pillars can obscure your over-the-shoulder view, although there are some windows in those pillars that provide much more visibility than you get in the Volvo C40 Recharge.
The small rear screen hinders your rearward view too, but this is mitigated by standard-fit front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a clever ‘Park Assist Plus with memory function’. The latter system allows you to save parking manoeuvres for places you visit regularly. You can then use the feature to have the car perform that exact manoeuvre into the same space autonomously. Powerful Matrix LED headlights are also standard across the range.