Update: ‘Specifications,’ ‘Software updates’ and ‘Prices’ sections updated and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.
The VW ID.5, the SUV-coupe derived from the VW ID.4, is 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.
Introducing the design refresh, Volkswagen 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 534 km (332 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 from 0 to 100% SoC on alternating current takes as low as 7 hours and 30 minutes. Charging from 5 to 80% SoC on direct current takes as low as 29 minutes (ID.5)/36 minutes (ID.5 GTX).
|Aspect\Specification||VW ID.5 (Pro/Pro Performance) Specification||VW ID.5 GTX Specification|
|System Power||128 kW (172 hp)/150 kW (201 hp)||220 kW (295 hp)|
|System Torque||235 Nm (173 lb.-ft.)/310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.)||460 Nm (339 lb.-ft.)|
|Battery Pack Capacity||77 kWh||77 kWh|
|Maximum AC Charging Power||11 kW||11 kW|
|Lowest AC Charging Time (0-100% SoC)||07:30 h||07:30 h|
|Maximum DC Charging Power||135 kW||135 kW|
|Lowest DC Charging Time (5-80% SoC)||00:29 h||00:36 h|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||10.4 s/8.4 s||6.3 s|
|Top Speed||160 km/h (99 mph)||180 km/h (111 mph)|
|Range (WLTP)||534 km (332 miles)||512 km (318 miles)|
|Luggage Volume (Rear Seats Up/Rear Seats Folded)||549 l/ 1,561 l||549 l/ 1,561 l|
|Towing Capacity (Unbraked/Braked)||750 kg (1,653 lbs.)/1,200 kg (2,646 lbs.)||750 kg (1,653 lbs.)/1,400 kg (3,086 lbs.)|
The VW ID.5 debuted with a new ID. software 3.0 but has since moved to a more advanced ID. software 3.1. With the ID. Buzz, Volkswagen rolled out the ID. software 3.2. The 3.2 version is already available in the ID.3., and in due course, should make it to the ID.5.
ID. software 3.2 isn’t a major update, as the changes are few and small. Volkswagen has improved the routing algorithm of the e-route planner and the Hello ID. voice assistant in the latest version. A new feature most customers will truly appreciate is streaming from Apple Music and Spotify via the infotainment system. Native streaming means you no longer need to connect your smartphone to the infotainment system to listen to music and podcasts.
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 50,981) in Germany and NOK 472,700 (USD 48,235) in Norway. The base VW ID.5 GTX costs EUR 56,455 (USD 60,042) and NOK 525,000 (USD 53,571) 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,” former Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO Ralf 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 Volkswagen in the U.S. is ramping up production of the ID.4 at the Chattanooga plant. The company plans to manufacture 90,000 units in 2023. The ID.4’s U.S. production needs to run smoothly before Volkswagen adds models 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 the U.S.
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.
The VW ID.5 (including the VW ID.5 GTX) is one of the most attractive SUV coupes on the market today, sporting the finesse of a coupe with the masculinity of an SUV as well as the sophisticated design theme of Volkswagen’s ID. family. It’s the perfect choice for customers who desire the attributes of the ID.4 in a shape that allows them to stand out from the crowd.
Also Read: U.S.-bound VW ID.7 (Aero B) sedan: Everything we know
VW ID.5 FAQs
What is the VW ID.5 competitor set?
The VW ID.5 competes with the Tesla Model Y, Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV, and the Nissan Ariya.
What is the VW ID.5 price?
In Germany, the standard variant starts at EUR 47,935 (USD 50,981) & the GTX variant costs EUR 56,455 (USD 60,042).
Is the VW ID.5 arriving in the United States?
Volkswagen has not announced plans for the ID.5 in the U.S., where ramping up the ID.4’s production & introducing the ID. Buzz are priorities.
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