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The Volkswagen ID.5 is a fully electric coupe SUV. With a well-built interior, three electric powertrains, and a practical yet stylish cabin, the ID.5 is a good choice for families wanting to pack a bit more punch.
Our Volkswagen ID.5 review covers:
The exterior of the Volkswagen ID.5 is like a sportier and slicker version of the ID.4. Coming with a long and narrow front grille that stretches into the headlights, a sloping roofline, and a redesigned rear end; the ID.5 is certainly a good looker.
Inside the ID.5, there's plenty of space for a car full. Passengers in the front have plenty of leg and headroom and won't be touching shoulders with each other thanks to the front seat's armrests. In the back, headroom is a tad more limited thanks to the sloping roof, but the flat floor means there's plenty of legroom.
There's also a range of storage compartments dotted about, such as large door bins and a closable cubby in the centre armrest. In the back, you'll also get two large door bins, and the centre seat folds down to act as an armrest with two cup holders.
Boot space comes in at 549, which can be extended to 1,561 litres with the rear seats folded, meaning the ID. 5's boot is bigger than rivals such as the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback. You'll find a small loading lip and an adjustable boot floor in the boot, which is handy for a weekend away with the family.
The interior of the ID.5 is characteristically Volkswagen; it's well-built and fit for purpose. The design is modern and simple, however, the materials used could be a bit more premium, and there are a few hard plastics dotted about. On that front, the ID.5 falls short of the Tesla Model Y regarding interior quality.
For technology, there's a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. The infotainment system is sharp and responsive and features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and speech control. On the Tech trim and above, you can add augmented reality to the ID.5, which is very easy to rear and provides crystal-clear graphics.
Three trims levels are available for the Volkswagen ID.5: Style, Tech, and Max.
Entry-level Style comes with 19-inch black alloy wheels, three-zone air conditioning, keyless entry, a panoramic glass roof, matrix LED headlights, and park assistance plus with front and rear parking sensors.
Tech adds to this with heated front seats with 12-way electronic adjustment, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, lane and traffic jam assist, an augmented reality head-up display, sat-nav, and privacy glass.
The range-topping Max comes with 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, progressive steering and drive-profile selection, bolder looks, a sportier interior, and access to the exclusive GTX model.
The Volkswagen ID.5 has three engines: Pro, Pro Performance, and GTX. All engines come with a 77kWh battery and a range of more than 300 miles.
The entry-level Pro and mid-range Pro Performance engines come with the longest range, coming in at a combined 324 miles. Pro has a power output of 174PS, a top speed of 99mph, and achieved 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds. Pro Performance ups its output to 204PS and achieves 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds while maintaining the same top speed of 99mph.
The range-topping GTX drops its range down to a combined 314 miles but counters this by coming with all-wheel drive. It's the most powerful by far, coming with a power output of 299PS, a top speed of 112mph, and achieving 0-62mph in just 6.3 seconds.
The ID.5 is more about being green than on-the-road performance, but regardless, it provides a solid and composed drive. The steering is progressive when you begin to turn into a corner, and although it can be a bit too weighted towards the end of a turn, it's good enough for a tight car park.
In terms of suspension, the 19-inch wheels are comfortable tackling large potholes and bumps in the road. If you upgrade to adaptive suspension, which comes on the range-topping Max trim, the ID.5 is an excellent ride and easily beats the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Prices for the new Volkswagen ID.5 start from £49,935.00 OTR* or to lease from £465.71 per month.
Leasing may be cheaper than an outright purchase thanks to a low initial deposit, fixed monthly payments, and various benefits included in your lease deal, such as breakdown cover and road tax.
*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change, always check with your nearest retailer.