behind the wheel of the new electric SUV Coupé

In the ID family, that of the electric Volkswagens, after the small ID3 and the family SUV ID4, here is the SUV coupe, ID5. Motor ! Or better yet, get in touch!

There is no salvation without a coupe SUV in your range. To be convinced of this, just look at the number of pachydermic BMW X4 and X6 and other Mercedes GLC and GLE Coupé, or more common Renault Arkana, crossing our streets and our roads. Whose interest we continue in vain. VW’s brilliant idea is to offer such a machine in an electric version.. Nothing could be simpler, just grab an ID4 and lower the roof to deliver the essential sporty touch that will remind the good dad of his GTi years! The SUV coupe is kind of a used cap upside down, it’s “young”! In short, this ID5 whose mission is nothing less than “resetting premium codes” (!) is none other than an ID4 with a streamlined look – coupe-style rear line and spoiler, sport shield with low diffuser and domed wings – and optimized Cx (a flattering 0.26). If its size is not changed, with 4.60 m in length, your trunk not only loses nothing in volume, but also gains 6 liters, to 549 liters, expandable to 1,561 liters! In short, a family sport since the habitability, like the ID4, allows all members to board comfortably.

This ID5 is a good family SUV…

And drive, how is it? Softness, silence, comfort and space in a zen cabin, tidy, where nothing protrudes and which can be flooded with light by an optional panoramic glass roof. Still, on the pleasure and emotion side, it all remains very platonic. ; an observation that can be addressed to many other electrical models. Where, without a doubt, this need to move the “sports” to the trunk! After this observation, it is clear that this iD5 is a good family SUV. Super silent, very smooth to ride, comfortable – despite our 21” rims – and with a certain dynamism thanks to its transmission to the rear wheels (unlike the GTX which becomes 4×4 by adopting a second engine on the front axle), only suffers from a rather tight cavalry. If the 204 hp and 310 Nm sparks under the hood of a small ID3, they should propel over 2.1 tonnes (including 493 kg of batteries). As proof, during our second test at dawn on the small Austrian roads, we had a hard time following our hare who, ironically, was driving an ID3! It remains, of course, the possibility of choosing the more expensive GTX, with 299 hp and 460 Nm.. Good surprise on the consumption side because at the end of our two mixed tests, carried out in the city, on Austrian roads and highways, without any particular restriction, our average was 18.7 kWh – value very close to that announced by VW (17.8) – which corresponds to a real range of 411 kmcompared to the advertised 513 “maxi”. Which almost makes this ID5 the flagship vehicle in the house, as Volkswagen would dream of.
It remains to talk about the essential equipment and connectivity without which boho-geeks-greens cannot leave their parking lot.. For the first time in an ID, Software 3.0 improves many functions: the Travel Assist 2.5 is thus able to learn the route of a small country road by exchanging information with other connected VW models, Park-Assist Plus can memorize up to five previously learned parking spaces, optimizes lane change assistance on the motorway (however, we couldn’t make it work…), and trip planning that can soon , make charging automatic, no card (flow will start as soon as socket is plugged in). Or reduce reload time. Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, intelligent Matrix LED headlamps, “augmented reality” head-up display are also part of the equipment… standard or optional.

For those who want to travel with the family, comfortably, quietly and without emitting the slightest gram of CO2, this ID5 can become an alternative to a car with a combustion engine… As long as you pay more than €50,000.


Volkswagen ID5 Pro performance test
Tested version: €53,050 (Pro Performance)
From: €51,450 (Pro)
Average manufacturer/average consumption of the test (kW/100km): 17.8/18.7
Manufacturer/actual range (km): 513/411
CO2/bonus-malus: 0/2,000 €
Tax power: 5 HP
Country of manufacture: Germany

range offered
Electric: from 170 to 299 hp, from 51,450 to 57,950 €


Motor : synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets, 77 kWh lithium-ion battery
Streaming : rear-wheel drive, single gear + reverse gear
Power : 150 kW – 204 hp
Couple (Nm): 310
charging time : 29′ on DC socket 135 kW (5-80%), 7h30 on socket AC 11 kW (0-100%) and 42h45 on AC socket 1.8 kW (0-100%)
Weight (kg): 2,117
Length.xwidth.xheight. (m): 4.60×1.85×1.61
Length between the axis (m): 2.77
turning diameter : 10.20m
Maximum speed (km/h): 160km/h
0-100km/h : 8”4
standard tires : 235/55 R19
test tires : Front, 235/45 R 21 and rear, 255/40 R 21 (Hankook Ventus S1 EVO3 e-Performance)


5/2 chest (l): 549/1,561

recommended options

  • IQ Light Matrix LED smart headlights + sequential turn signals + tinted rear windows/panoramic glass roof (€2,100/€3,000)
  • Augmented reality head-up display + audio system with subwoofer (€1,450)
  • Semi-autonomous driving + Lane Change Assistant + 360° camera + Intelligent Park Assist + Electric tailgate (€1,750)
  • Sport/piloted damping (400/1,300 €)

main competitor
Skoda Enyaq IV
204 hp, from €49,760

We love

  • Consumer autonomy
  • Silence
  • Habitability-comfort
  • Finishing

we love less

  • average performance
  • lack of feeling

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