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Volkswagen ID.5 review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Performance & drive

Volkswagen ID.5 2022 rear cornering
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

You can have your Volkswagen ID.5 with 172bhp, 201bhp or 295bhp. We haven't tried the entry-level 172bhp motor (called the Pro), but we have had a go in the 201bhp Pro Performance. With an official 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds, it's brisk enough for most situations, but lacks the instant punch you get from the Kia EV6 RWD or the Tesla Model Y Long Range. 

The range-topping GTX has two electric motors, giving it more power and four-wheel drive. Acceleration off the line is swift, and it feels every bit as quick as 0-62mph time of 6.3sec would suggest. The significantly more powerful Model Y Performance (3.5sec) and Volvo C40 Recharge (4.7sec) would leave this performance-focused model for dead in a straight line, though.

It’s much better than the Ford Mustang Mach-E (which never settles on any surface). At the time of writing, we’ve only sampled the ID.5 with adaptive suspension, or DCC as Volkswagen calls it. That lets you choose different settings, from softer Comfort through to a firmer Sport mode. It does a good job of letting you change the car’s dynamics at the touch of a button but you have to go for the Max or GTX Max trim to get it.

Volkswagen ID.5 2022 rear cornering

Handling

The ID.5, even in GTX form, isn’t a particularly engaging car to drive, but it is composed and capable by class standards. The steering, for example, is progressive as you begin to turn into a corner and it’s easy to judge where the nose is heading. It weights up a bit too much past a quarter of a turn, but it won't strain your arms in a tight car park.

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