Update: ‘Design & Features’ section updated.
The VW ID.5, the SUV-coupe derived from the VW ID.4, is now available in the European market. The ID.5 carline includes a hotter GTX variant with an all-wheel-drive layout and a sportier styling right from day one.
Design & Features
The VW ID.5 differs from the ID.4 from behind the B-pillars with a lower roofline and a dramatically angled hatch for an aggressive stance and improved aerodynamics. Thanks to a curvier glasshouse and a flatter rear deck, the ID.5 has an unmistakable coupe-like appearance. The ID.5 sports a decklid spoiler that makes it sportier. The interior design of the coupe version of the ID.4 is the same.
The VW ID.5 GTX gets special styling bits similar to the ID.4 GTX. Three honeycomb elements on the outer ends of the bumper form the GTX variant’s LED DRLs and subtly convey its presence at the front. At the rear, instead of the model name badge, there’s a GTX badge on the trunk lid.
On June 15, 2022, Volkswagen introduced new black mirrors, a new, black GTX logo on the front doors, and new black alloy wheels to spruce up the exterior styling. These changes give the ID.5 GTX a more aggressive and sporty look that makes it stand out from the standard variant.
Along with the design refresh, Volkswagen has made some paid features of the ID.5 GTX standard. Climate comfort windscreen, darkened side and rear windows, two USB-C ports, heated front seats, a variable center console, and the Air Care Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control system that were part of the Design and Comfort packages previously are standard after the update.
The VW ID.5 comes in Pro, and Pro Performance trims, both exclusively in the RWD drivetrain layout. The ID.5 Pro uses a basic 128 kW (172 hp) motor and accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 10.4 seconds. The ID.5 gets a punchier, 150 kW (201 hp) motor that allows it to finish the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration quicker, in 8.4 seconds. The top speed of both ID.5 Pro and ID.5 Pro Performance is the same – 160 km/h (99 mph).
The ID.5 GTX sports two motors, one at the front and one at the rear, which guarantees better performance and traction. These motors produce a combined power of 220 kW (295 hp). The ID.5 GTX can speed up from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) way quicker, in just 6.3 seconds. That’s not all; it boasts a higher top speed of 180 km/h (111 mph), too.
Familiar to the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX is a standard 77 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The ID.5 Pro and ID.5 Pro Performance deliver the same WLTP range of 523 km (325 miles). The ID.5 GTX provides a slightly shorter WLTP range of 512 km (318 miles).
Customers can charge the VW ID.5 and its GTX variant with a power of up to 11 kW at an AC charging station or wall box or up to 135 kW at a DC charging station. Charging with 135 kW for around 30 minutes allows adding 390 km (242 miles) of range in the ID.5 and 376 km (234 miles) in the ID.5 GTX.
Volkswagen ID. 3.0 software
As Volkswagen announced on November 11, 2021, the VW ID.5 comes with Volkswagen ID. Software 3.0 that improves charging capacity and voice control among other features, and activates additional functions. The company released details of the new generation software on March 21, 2022. Below are the highlights of the v3.0 software:
Intelligent driver assistance systems – The Volkswagen ID. Software 3.0 brings a new Travel Assist feature along with Swarm Data to ID. models. It uses two radars at the rear and ultrasound to keep a watch on the vehicle environment.
Travel Assist with Swarm Data – It automatically keeps the vehicle in a fixed position in the lane – center by default or to the left/right instead if that’s the user’s driving style. Moreover, it can maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and also the preset speed limit. At speeds of 90 km/h (56 mph) or more on the highway, it provides an automatic lane change function, too. Lastly, if the vehicle can get access to anonymous swarm data from other Volkswagen models, Travel Assist can provide support on roads with a single lane marking.
Park Assist Plus – Park Assist Plus, when activated, searches for a parking space at speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph) for parallel parking spaces or 20 km/h (12 mph) for bay parking spaces. On finding a suitable spot, if the user desires, it can autonomously park the vehicle there. The assistant can pull the vehicle out of (parallel) parking spaces, too.
Park Assist Plus with Memory Function – As the name suggests, this is a more advanced version that allows the driver to save up to five different parking maneuvers in the vehicle. However, the vehicle can memorize these parking maneuvers only when the speed is below 40 km/h (25 mph) and the travel distance is not more than 50 meters.
New displays – The AR HUD now shows the new Travel Assist assisted lane change and also new symbols such as roundabouts as well as information related to the distance remaining to reach the destination. The turn arrows appear more integrated into the surroundings in the new version of the vehicle software. The ID. Cockpit (instrument cluster) now displays the State of Charge as a percentage next to a battery icon that shows the charge level.
Navigation has improved, and it locates the EV precisely in the lane within the system limits. Therefore, lane changes at highway junctions and exits are timed better and thus safer. Moreover, navigation displays local hazard warnings and includes new functions.
Optimized voice control – Volkswagen has improved the voice control system to speed up the recognition and increase the precision of the voice commands. The voice control system takes just a few seconds to reply after the customer starts it. Its improved recognition quality is now at around 95%.
Battery Care Mode – Customers intending to prolong the life of the vehicle’s battery pack will be able to activate a new Battery Care Mode and cut off the charging when the State of Charge reaches 80%.
Smart e-route planner – Volkswagen has changed the charging menu’s structure to make it more informative and clearer. The company has brought it to the first screen of the central display. Smart e-route planner creates a well-thought route with multiple stoppages if the distance to the destination is long. It charts the course based on the traffic and route data, as well as the State of Charge the customer desires to end with upon arrival at the final destination and interim destination.
Volkswagen said that it will roll out the ID. Software 3.0 with an OTA update in Q2 2022 (April-June 2022).
VW. 3.1 Software to debut in the ID.5
On March 16, 2022, Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter announced the ID.5 (including its GTX variant) and the ID. Buzz (now under series production & on sale in H2 2022) will debut its new ID. 3.1 software. Volkswagen says that its latest software for its ID. electric vehicles improves comfort, shortens charging times, and optimizes operation.
The ID. 3.1 software enhances voice control and individualized multi-stop route planning. In addition, the Travel Assist with swarm data can actively assist partially automated lane changes on the highway.
Video Source: YouTube/Volkswagen Group
The ID.5 and ID.5 GTX aren’t available with Plug & Charge support. The v3.0 vehicle software doesn’t support this convenience feature, but Volkswagen plans to enable it with the v3.1 software in the future, Volkswagen Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess revealed in a post on LinkedIn on March 24, 2022.
In the same LinkedIn post, Dr. Diess said that all new ID. models sold from May 2022 are “expected” to feature Plug & Charge and that he expects an OTA update 3.1 to enable the new feature in existing cars from June 2022.nDr. Diess demonstrated the operation of Plug & Charge in an ID.4 GTX the same day, which you can watch in the video embedded above.
Ionity, Aral, bp, Enel, EON, Iberdrola, and Eviny charging stations will offer Plug & Charge initially. Moreover, Volkswagen has said that it will introduce bi-directional charging support in all ID. models with the 77 kWh battery pack, including the ID.5 and its GTX variant. It may enable bi-directional charging with the next software update.
VW ID.5 vs VW ID.4
Volkswagen conducted a camouflaged prototype drive of the VW ID.5 for select journalists in Europe in August 2021. In a video, Thomas Majchrzak from YouTube channel Autogefuhl shared his first impressions of the upcoming EV from that event.
Majchrzak noted that the VW ID.5 resembles the ID.4, and while it has the same wheelbase, its body is 3 cm (1.2 in.) longer. Volkswagen wanted the ID.5 to feel like a coupe, so designers raked the D-pillars steeply and stretched the tail section. As a result, the rear overhang of the ID.5 is longer. Thanks to the more aerodynamically efficient exterior, the VW ID.5 has a lower drag coefficient of 0.26 Cd than the ID. 4’s 0.28 Cd.
The driving experience is more or less the same because the wheelbase is no different. The rear window is slightly smaller, and the outward visibility is not as good.
Video Source: YouTube/Autogefuhl
The lower roofline does affect the cargo volume, but only with the rear-seat backrests folded down. The Euro-spec ID. 4’s cargo volume is 543 liters (19.2 cu. ft.), and folding down the rear-seat backrests increases that count to 1,575 liters (55.6 cu. ft.). The ID.5 offers 549 liters (19.4 cu. ft.) of cargo volume, thanks to its increased length. However, folding down its rear-seat backrests frees slightly lesser, 1,561 liters (55.1 cu. ft.) of luggage space.
Prices of the VW ID.5 start at EUR 47,935 (USD 50,416) in Germany and NOK 459,000 (USD 46,178) in Norway. The base VW ID.5 GTX costs EUR 56,455 (USD 59,377) and NOK 508,000 (USD 51,107) in these countries, respectively.
VW ID.5 not exclusive to Europe
Volkswagen held the first Way to Zero Convention on April 29, 2021, presenting its roadmap for net carbon-neutral mobility. “The ID.5 will be launched at the end of 2021, initially in Europe and China,” Brandstätter said at the event, revealing that the ID.5 is not an EU-only model. The word “initially” is considered a sign of plans to offer the SUV-coupe in many new markets, and one of them could be the United States, which is taking to EVs in a big way.
ID.4: A priority for VW’s U.S. market operations
The priority for the American market is localizing the ID.4. Volkswagen has confirmed that it will start manufacturing the ID.4 at the Chattanooga plant in mid-2022, which needs to run smoothly before models are added to the lineup. Gleaning from Volkswagen’s announcement in March 2022 detailing investment and production plans of the company, the ID.5 is not on the radar for local manufacturing.
Perhaps the SUV-coupe could be imported from Germany and positioned above the ID.4. It’ll likely come with a higher price tag but will offer more style. If it is imported, it’ll likely be limited in numbers to start with.
The VW ID.4 went on sale in the U.S. in March 2021, with a base price of USD 39,995 (now USD 41,230). It arrived from the Zwickau plant located in Germany throughout 2021, and that has remained the case so far in 2022.
VW ID.5 & VW ID.5 GTX production
VW’s manufacturing facility in Zwickau, Germany, is the first in the world to go from an ICE-production facility to one that exclusively makes EVs. Since January 2022, the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX’s production is conducted alongside five other MEB-platform-based VW Group cars — ID.3, ID.4, Audi Q4 e-tron, Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, and the Cupra Born.
The plant’s daily output capacity is 1,400 units with an annual production capacity of around 330,000 EVs. However, VW says that the plant can only function at total capacity once the chip shortage problems are rectified. The current plant capacity corresponds to 300,000 EVs annually.
Volkswagen has made a bold claim that the Zwickau facility is now carbon-neutral. The press release states that the entire supply and production chain is zero-emissions, and any unavoidable emissions are offset through climate action. Battery suppliers even agreed to use green electricity for cell manufacturing.
VW spent EUR 1.2 billion for the conversion. The plant uses Industry 4.0 robots and driverless transportation that autonomously carry parts across the factory.
VW ID.5 FAQs
What is the VW ID.5 competitor set?
What is the VW ID.5 price?
In Germany, the standard variant starts at EUR EUR 47,935 (USD 50,416) & the GTX variant costs EUR 56,455 (59,377).
Is the VW ID.5 arriving in the United States?
Volkswagen has not announced plans for the ID.5 in the U.S., where localizing the ID.4 & introducing ID. Buzz are priorities.
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