Update: ‘Specifications’ and ‘Release Date’ sections 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.
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.
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, guaranteeing added driving performance, better traction, and sporty handling. 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 6.2 seconds. That’s not all; it boasts a higher top speed of 180 km/h (111 mph), too.
Common to the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX is a standard 77 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. There’s no word on the ID.5 Pro’s range, but the ID.5 Pro Performance should offer a WLTP range of 520 km (323 miles). The ID.5 GTX will likely deliver a WLTP range of 480 km (298 miles).
Customers will be able to charge the ID.5 and its GTX variant with a power of up to 11 kW at an AC charging station or wall box, or with a power of 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 320 km (199 miles) in the ID.5 GTX.
Volkswagen plans to speed up the charging process of the ID.5 GTX soon. It will increase the peak charging power the EV can accept to 150 kW, reducing its 5-80% DC fast-charging time by up to nine minutes. Existing ID.5 GTX customers will be able to take advantage of this upgrade with a software update in the near future.
Another improvement coming to Volkswagen EVs in 2022 will be Plug & Charge support, and the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX should be among the recipients. Ionity, Aral, bp, Enel, EON, Iberdrola, and Eviny charging stations will offer this convenience initially. Moreover, Volkswagen has said that it will introduce bidirectional charging support in all ID. models with the 77 kWh battery pack, which includes the ID.5 and its GTX variant.
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. Thomas Majchrzak from YouTube channel Autogefuhl shared his first impressions of the upcoming EV from that event in a video.
Video Source: YouTube/Autogefuhl
Majchrzak noted that the 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 ID.5 has a lower drag coefficient of 0.26 Cd compared to 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 a little bit smaller, and the outward visibility is not as good.
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, and folding down the rear-seat backrests increases that count to 1,575 liters cubic feet. The ID.5 offers 549 liters of cargo volume, thanks to its increased length. However, folding down its rear-seat backrests frees up slightly lesser, 1,561 liters of luggage space.
Volkswagen has begun pre-sales of the ID.5 in Europe, and plans to launch the product in the coming weeks. In Germany, the standard variant starts at EUR 46,515 (USD 52,741) and the GTX variant costs EUR 53,615 (60,791). In Norway, NOK 436,400 (USD 49,421) is charged for the base ID.5, while the ID.5 GTX costs NOK 482,900 (USD 54,687). Norwegian customers will have deliveries starting in Spring.
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 in China,” Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen (brand), 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 at the moment 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 go smoothly before models are added to the lineup. There is no official confirmation, but the ID.5 may enter series production at the American Volkswagen factory once production of the ID.4 streamlines.
The VW ID.4 went on sale in the U.S. in March 2021, with a base price of USD 39,995. Throughout 2021 and for the most part of this year, it will arrive from the Zwickau plant located in Germany.
Volkswagen EV sales grow more than two-fold
Sales of Volkswagen EVs have grown by more than double last year worldwide. In Q3 2021, Volkswagen sold 75,000 EVs to customers, recording a whopping 154.4% year-over-year growth (Q3 2020: 29,500 units). The ID.4 was Volkswagen Group’s best-selling EV between January and September 2021, registering 72,700 units, and the ID.3 with 52,700 units, ranked second. In the U.S., the company delivered 16,742 units of the ID.4 in 2021.
VW ID.5 FAQs
What is the VW ID.5 release date?
VW has begun pre-sales of the ID.5 in Europe, and will begin customer deliveries widely in a few weeks.
What is the VW ID.5 price?
In Germany, the standard variant starts at EUR 46,515 (USD 52,509) & the GTX variant costs EUR 53,615 (60,524)
Is the VW ID.5 arriving in the United States?
Volkswagen has not announced plans for the ID.5 in the U.S. market, where localizing the ID.4 is the priority.
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