First Look Review: VW ID. Buzz heads to U.S. dealers later this year

  • Electric VW Bus coming to the U.S. in 6- and 7-seat versions
  • Will be available in 282 hp RWD and 330 hp AWD variants
  • Expected to deliver a range of up to 260 miles
  • Confirmed to start arriving at U.S. dealerships in Fall 2024

Volkswagen seems like it’s taking forever to release the ID. Buzz in the U.S. The company introduced the electric minivan in Europe in Fall 2022, and the U.S. launch is scheduled two years later (Fall 2024). There are some whispers that the company could ship the minivan sooner, and could also be planning local assembly for future model years to control the price.

The U.S.-spec VW ID. Buzz is regularly making promotional appearances at media and public events (the Euro-spec van is also on tour across the states), so enthusiasts and prospective American customers don’t need to wait to see it in person. I had a chance to explore the features, space, and comfort of the electric VW Bus at these events, and here are my impressions:

Design

The VW ID. Buzz is a charming electric MPV featuring an emotional design. It has a mix of retro design cues and futuristic elements that give it a distinctive character. I like the extra-large, illuminated VW logo and the V-shaped hood, both of which remind me of the iconic VW T1. The upper section of the latter and the roof will be available optionally in a Candy White color for a retro-style two-tone color scheme.

I think that the charismatic, sunglasses-shaped headlights and the unusual horizontal tail lights, a rarity in van-based European MPVs, give the VW ID. Buzz a confident and powerful look. Additionally, the attention to small details enhances its charm, such as the rear-engine cooling slot-styled air “vents” on the D-pillars, the petite rear windows, and the Easter egg on the back glass – a mini umbrella decal set against an ID. Buzz silhouette.

2025 VW ID. Buzz rear
Even though the ID. Buzz has a conventional shape, it looks quite high-tech and futuristic.

Manufactured in Hannover, Germany, the U.S-spec ID. Buzz should have top-notch build quality. At the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, I noticed that the three-row version destined for our market had consistent panel gaps, and for most of the exterior, the panel alignment was excellent.

Interior

The interior of the ID. Buzz is one of the most interesting cabins that I’ve seen in a Volkswagen in a long time. I find it to be an inviting space designed for supreme comfort, one that offers abundant convenience features and practical storage solutions, too.

2025 VW ID. Buzz interior dashboard
The VW ID. Buzz brilliantly mixes colors and materials for a hip yet premium styling.

I think the high-set dashboard of the ID. Buzz has a beautiful design, which is something rarely said for a minivan. It’s a super-sleek panel adorned with full-width light-colored faux wood garnish. The decor element goes well with the light gray interior, but I don’t like the clay inserts much.

I like the pop-out cup holders in the lower-central part of the dashboard, which I think is a great space-saving feature. Another clever storage solution is the center console storage box, called ‘Buzz Box,’ which can be removed when not needed. It has flexible storage on the top and its two distinctive dividers can be used as a bottle opener and ice scraper. Plus, there’s a sliding drawer in the bottom, big enough to keep a few books to read while resting at the beach. Volkswagen had removed the Buzz Box from the unit I sat in at the 2023 LA Auto Show.

The ID. Buzz I experienced in Los Angeles had a leatherette upholstery that felt nice and premium to touch, just like the wood trim in its dashboard. There’s an extensive use of hard plastics in the cabin, but I believe that’s got something to do with durability as well, not just cost-cutting. I think cleaning sand, mud, spilled drinks, etc. from the lower part of the cabin would be easy.

The touch sliders to adjust volume and temperature have illumination, but they’re not as convenient as conventional, physical controls. The squarish AC vent adjusters, play and pause pedals, honeycomb pattern in the seat covers, diamond-like pattern in the door cards, metallic speaker grilles, etc. indicate great attention to detail. Volkswagen designers have left Easter eggs throughout the cabin, something I believe kids particularly find fun on the go.

During my search for Easter eggs at the 2023 LA Auto Show, I found that the ID. Buzz has winking smiley faces on each front door handle alcove, a printed bottle cap on the bottle opener, a snowflake on the ice scraper, the ID. Buzz silhouette at the bottom of the second-row seats, a world map and the ID. Buzz silhouette on the sides of the drawer of the removable center console, and the ID. Buzz silhouette beside the third-row armrests.

The ID. Buzz features a 5.3-inch instrument cluster, which has a simple UI and displays to-the-point details like route guidance, charging level, and remaining range. Also part of its cockpit area is a 12.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has climate functions integrated at the bottom of the display. It has nice graphics but while it performs with lag-free animations and quick responses, sometimes it can be laggy. The software is still under development, though, and I think the final version will be smooth and work flawlessly.

As a six-foot-tall person, I had absolutely no issues with ingress or egress in the front of the ID. Buzz was. When I sat in the 12-way power driver seat with dual armrests and massage, memory, ventilation, and heating functions, I felt that I could comfortably drive this electric MPV non-stop for hours at a stretch.

The manually adjustable steering wheel both looks and feels premium. Thanks to the massive windshield, the wide-open greenhouse, and the huge, upright back glass, the all-around visibility was fantastic. I liked the commanding seating position and I had a ton of headroom even in the most upright position. Thanks to an extendable cushion, under-thigh support was also excellent.

Thanks to the power sliding rear doors, ingress and egress in the second row were hassle-free. Volkswagen will offer the ID. Buzz in the U.S. in 6- and 7-seat versions, with a 60:40 split bench and captain’s chairs, respectively. I was in the 7-seat version, sitting right behind the driver’s seat, and I observed that there was still plenty of space for a six-foot-tall person like me.

I had heaps of leg room and knee room in the second row, and there was ample shoulder room for three adults to sit together comfortably. The headroom was also great, and I had sufficient under-thigh support, too. Reclining the backrest, further improved the seating experience.

I think one of the coolest features in the second row is the classic sliding windows, which slide back electrically to let in fresh air and give the passengers a better view outside. They’re much bigger than they look in the photos, and I must note here that the outboard seating positions give passengers extra comfort with a heating function as well. I like the gigantic panoramic glass roof, too, which is the largest one in any Volkswagen Group model and allows changing its transparency from clear to opaque.

I had plenty of space to comfortably enter and exit the third row after I pulled a lever on the shoulder of the rear seat and slid that seat forward. I had an insane amount of leg space, great headroom, and decent under-thigh support. Moreover, I was able to slightly recline the backrest to make the seating position a little more comfortable for me.

2025 VW ID. Buzz cargo area
The VW ID. Buzz has reclining and removable third-row seats.

I expect the ID. Buzz to offer up to 2,469 liters (87.2 cu. ft.) of cargo space with the second- and third-row seats folded down flat. The third-row seats can be entirely removed if necessary. Volkswagen will offer a Flexboard, with two fabric storage bins, to create a flat floor with the seats folded. An electrically operated tailgate that can be opened or closed with a kick under the rear bumper is standard in our market.

Specifications

At 192.4 in. long, 77.9 in. wide, and 74.6 in. tall, the VW ID. Buzz is a big vehicle. It has a 127.5-in. wheelbase, and as stated in the previous section, six or seven seats. I expect the MEB platform underpinning the electric MPV to be tuned for comfort and offer a smooth ride.

The base variant has only one motor, which drives the rear wheels. It gets its energy from an 85 kWh battery pack and produces 282 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. I think these outputs would be enough for customers who intend to use it without a trailer. Volkswagen expects the base variant to be able to travel up to 260 miles on a full charge.

Customers who intend to use the ID. Buzz with a trailer, want more punch, or need all-wheel drive capability will have the option to upgrade to a dual-motor powertrain that produces 330 horsepower. The dual-motor AWD variant’s expected range is just 8 miles lower – 252 miles, which I think is pretty impressive.

2025 VW ID. Buzz rear three quarter
The VW ID. Buzz may deliver a range of up to 260 miles in the U.S.

Price

I think the VW ID. Buzz’s prices will start at over USD 60,000 when it reaches dealer in late-2024.

TopElectricSUV says

The ID. Buzz is a great premium leisure vehicle for families, offering lots of space, comfort, and technology for up to seven people. While I wish it had a longer range and one-pedal driving, I think it has got almost everything covered for what families need from their people mover for their holidays and adventures.

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VW ID. Buzz FAQs

What is the VW ID. Buzz release date?

Volkswagen’s electric minivan will be launched in the U.S. in Fall 2024.

What will be the VW ID. Buzz price?

While pricing hasn’t been released, the ID. Buzz is expected to start at over $60,000.

Which EVs will be VW ID. Buzz rivals?

Indirect competitors will include the Kia EV9 and the Hyundai Ioniq 7.

This first look review has contributions from our reader.