VW ID.5 overview: Hey good lookin’

Volkswagen, like Audi, has a trick up its sleeve on the subject of its mid-sized SUV. Sitting within the so-called C phase – the largest promoting phase of the market – the corporate affords not one, however two electrical fashions. The ID.5 sits alongside the ID.4, simply because the Audi This autumn sits alongside the This autumn Sportback.

This design has confirmed widespread with these wanting an SUV, however with out that squared again – as an alternative choosing a coupé-like dropping roofline, for a sleeker total aesthetic. This mannequin, nonetheless, prices from £50,710 on the time of writing.

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Volkswagen ID.5

The VW ID.5 is a handsome electrical SUV, principally the identical because the ID.4. However regardless of the sporty seems to be, it isn’t particularly sporty on the street and is a bit more costly than it maybe needs to be.


  • Seems to be nice
  • Clean supply of that energy
  • First rate vary

  • Costly in comparison with rivals
  • Inside tech might be higher


There is a minor aerodynamic benefit to the modern roofline that VW ID.5 affords, however we will not assist feeling that this design is widespread as a result of it seems to be sporty. Certainly, with the rear finish wearing a neat spoiler, that second look at a passing ID.5 will reveal these athletic seems to be.

There’s greater than a passing resemblance to the ID.4, though the element across the entrance bumper is barely completely different, giving it a barely extra aggressive look beneath the curve of that enclosed entrance. VW’s new badge sits proudly within the centre, the traces down the aspect tracing their means across the shoulders to stress the wheel arches.

The rear of the ID.5 is principally the identical because the ID.4, aside from the roofline resulting in that rear door, in fact, and that spoiler.

The ID.5 is a automobile that may develop on you and having hung out with each the ID.4 and the ID.5, we’re now leaning in the direction of the ID.5 as being barely extra thrilling. However in a twist on practicality, the ID.5 has a 549-litre rear cupboard space, which is definitely somewhat bigger than the ID.4. Your canine won’t agree, however for those who’re packing for a protracted weekend, this mannequin may simply offer you house to squeeze in an additional six pack.

There’s quite a lot of trims – Fashion, Tech, Max, GTX (though this will likely differ by area) – with the ID.5 getting extra body-coloured components than the ID.4, which once more helps to spice up the seems to be. There is a excessive customary of fundamental specification, together with a panoramic glass roof and 19-inch wheels, however with the ID.5 beginning at simply over £50k, you’d count on that.


It’s, then, a handsome automobile and – not like the ID.4 – the sporty aesthetic may enchantment to those that both aren’t going to make use of it to cart the children round, or wish to conceal the truth that they’ve stuffed a younger household within the again seat.

A captivating inside

The inside of the ID.5 is identical because the ID.4, and as such has the identical niceties and the identical disadvantages.

It is trendy and clear, with VW taking the chance to scale back the buttons throughout the inside of the ID.5. That leaves the motive force with fewer controls to press, and the drive controller sitting on the aspect of the show – a neat toggle so that you can twitch to regulate the automobile. It isn’t vastly sensible, although, because it’s barely hidden behind the steering wheel.

This inside is an evolution of the ID.3, however apparently, VW has additionally accepted that it has some drawbacks. The following automobile from the corporate – the VW ID.7 – makes some adjustments to the association to handle among the drawbacks that we’ll discuss in a minute.

VW is pushing the animal-free and sustainability message by means of the ID household, so you will discover artificial interiors moderately than lashings of leather-based, however there is a high quality to the finishes of the seats. The usage of shiny black plastic by no means sides effectively with us although – it at all times must be dusted and attracts fingerprints – however there’s loads of house back and front.


The VW ID.5 sits on VW’s MEB platform the place the battery makes up the ground. Without having for a transmission tunnel, the true profit is felt within the backseats, the place the particular person sitting within the center does not should straddle a bump within the ground.

Meaning there’s legroom and elbow room for adults, one thing that is felt throughout a spread of electrical SUVs. In that, the flat ground is not distinctive to VW, you will discover a lot the identical within the Hyundai Ioniq 5, a pure competitor for this mannequin.

The panoramic roof lets gentle flood the inside, whereas visibility is usually good, and door pockets are massive sufficient to allow you to stash a water bottle in. There’s additionally a pleasant little pocket on the rear of the seats that is a great place to slide a telephone into.

The inside tech

There is a 12-inch show sitting within the centre of the sprint, with temperature controls beneath it and a run of buttons for a couple of selection menu choices – local weather, parking, driving mode and driving assistant options.

It is maybe an odd combination that has the sensation of being chosen by committee, which might be why the Forthcoming VW ID.7 removes these for shortcuts on the show as an alternative, permitting higher customisation. For the ID.5 (this technology a minimum of) these are principally the one buttons you get, with all the pieces else being managed by means of the show or on the steering wheel.

There’s a voice assistant which goals to elevate some capabilities out of the realms of contact, but it surely’s somewhat hit or miss. Like so many in-car programs, they can not maintain a candle to the likes of Alexa or Google Assistant on the subject of deciphering what you are really saying, after which doing one thing helpful with it.

Should you plug in your telephone you get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, with entry to respective voice assistants, however we nonetheless spent a while attempting to get VW’s IDA to know some fundamental directions, earlier than giving up.


The motive force show is diminished to fundamental data, with some fashions of the ID.5 benefitting from a heads-up show. With that driver show shrinking, it feels just like the HUD is one thing you profit from to get extra data into your eyeline, however you will have to select the fitting trim degree to get this.

VW’s goal with the person interface on ID fashions was to maneuver to one thing extra trendy and smartphone-esque, providing an on-screen residence button and huge icons for apps. It is had a blended reception, nonetheless, and isn’t at all times as intuitive in use as you may want it to be. A lot of this revolves round proximity sensing – the show altering barely as you attain out in the direction of it – and utilizing the house button because the apps menu button too. Meaning it generally takes a pair extra faucets to get to what you need, making it fiddly.

That may not be a priority for those who’re at all times going to make use of your related telephone, however there are some charming options. For instance, within the navigation settings, these a pleasant visible show of latest locations underneath the strategies tab. Should you’re a creature of behavior, which means you’ll be able to simply get in, faucet the place you are going and get on the street – whereas additionally being instructed whether or not you will have the vary to get there.

Battery, vary and efficiency on the street

The VW ID.5 is a pleasant clean automobile to drive, benefiting from the seamless supply of that electrical energy. It affords a very good journey top, properly damped towards bumps within the street, with gentle steering – it is about as straightforward to drive because it might get. The visibility out of the again is not pretty much as good because it might be, however with rear cameras for parking, it isn’t too laborious to slide it right into a grocery store parking bay.


There is a 77kWh (web) battery within the ID.5, with a 128kW motor (174PS) driving the rear wheels on the Professional. The Professional Efficiency will get the identical battery with a 150kW motor (204PS) for somewhat extra energy, whereas the GTX additionally has the identical battery, however has a 220kW twin motor association (299PS) – so it is also all-wheel drive.

At that entry-level mannequin, you are a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds, dropping down to six.1 seconds by the point you get to the prime quality GTX. These aren’t blisteringly quick when in comparison with a Tesla Mannequin Y or Kia EV6, for instance, and a few may discover that entry mannequin somewhat vanilla to drive, but it surely’s additionally essentially the most reasonably priced.

Speaking of affordability, its ID.4 sibling is offered with a 52kWh battery, which makes it way more reasonably priced – although in fact you are sacrificing vary with that drop in battery capability.


Speaking of vary, VW cites a 327-mile vary from the Professional, which is fairly respectable – aggressive even – though you’d demand that type of vary on the ID.5’s asking worth. The similarly-priced Ford Mustang Mach-E cannot attain that type of vary, so the ID.5 will get one thing proper on this regard.

On the street, the vary you will get will rely upon quite a lot of elements, not least your driving fashion. To assist enhance your effectivity, there are each D (drive) and B (battery) modes, the latter providing barely robust regen choices, higher for stop-start one-pedal driving.

The averages we bought from the VW ID.5 over the long-term got here in at nearer to 4.1 miles per kWh, which might offer you round 315 miles. As we have stated, lots relies on the way you drive.


The VW ID.5 presents itself as a sporty model of the ID.4, stripping away the smaller battery possibility and making it look somewhat costlier. It is aggressive when it comes to its vary, however the energy on the entry-level mannequin does not offer you a vastly thrilling drive, if that is what you are in search of.

It is a handsome automobile, nonetheless, with that coupé styling making it barely extra interesting than the ID.4. However in a phase the place the competitors is big – not least from fashions throughout the VW household – the Audi This autumn e-tron Sportback (equally priced) and the Skoda Enyaq Coupé (cheaper) each have the identical battery and barely perkier acceleration.

Then you could have the competitors from Hyundai with the Ioniq 5 (cheaper), and Kia with the EV6 (additionally cheaper) – each providing the same battery capability and a extra attractive efficiency.

This implies the ID.5 slots into a wierd place as a pretty automobile, with a lot to supply, however dealing with fierce rivalry. We just like the ID.5 – we like its fashion, and the way easy and fuss-free it’s to drive, however inside tech might be higher and it feels somewhat too costly in comparison with the competitors.