Volkswagen ID.5: a very wise electric SUV coupe

ID.3, ID.4: We expect to find under the name ID.5 an electric SUV more imposing than these 2 cars in the Volkswagen catalogue. Lost ! What does this machine bring in this case that falls into this strange category of cutting-edge SUVs?

family electric SUV

It would be wrong to think that the Volkswagen ID.5 is shorter than the ID.4. For an identical width of 1,852 m, it extends even further by 1.5 cm: 4,599 m, against 4,584 m. At 1,615 m, he also has a very small height of 1.2 cm. The 2 cars should be seen as electric family SUVs. A specific, slightly more aggressive shield distinguishes the coupe from the more classic model.

The machine sits on 19-inch wheels as standard. The relatively full two-tone Hamar silver/black alloy wheels get Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 tires at 235/55 at the front and 255/50 at the rear. The presence of a spoiler at the stern, in a smooth descent on the roof, confirms the originality of the ID.5.

The copy at our disposal comes in the Pro Performance version with its smooth moon gray paintwork by default. The side glazing spaces are highlighted in silver grey, more pronounced on the rear panel.


Propulsion with panoramic roof

The Volkswagen ID.5 in our hands is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that develops a power of 150 kW (204 hp), for a torque of 310 Nm. It is powered by a battery with a useful energy capacity of 77 kWh.

To supply it with alternating current, the vehicle has an 11 kW charger. In DC stations, the maximum power announced by the German manufacturer is 135 kW. That’s about 30 minutes to recover 80% energy.

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A panoramic glass roof covers our electric SUV coupé. We owe its presence to the Design Plus pack billed at 3,000 euros. It also has Matrix LED headlights with automatic switching and welcome function, taillights with sequential blinkers, light strip between the projectors and the logo, and tinted laminated glass front and rear side windows.

Back

Behind the electrically opening tailgate, the volume offered by the trunk is 549 liters, expandable to 1,561 l by folding the backrest into 2 parts, with ski hatch. A double bottom can be used to store charging cables and various odds and ends. Don’t look for frunk at the front: there is none. If necessary, a trailer weighing up to 1,000 kg can be towed.

Thanks to the absence of a central service tunnel, 3 people can be seated in the rear, benefiting from generous knee space. The tilt of the backrest provides sufficient clearance between the head and the ceiling, despite a slightly lower headroom than in ID.4.

Comfort is enhanced by padded armrests, available storage, 3-zone air conditioning and fully recessed windows.

The driver’s point of view

The driver and his neighbor shouldn’t complain too much about the comfort of the two-tone upholstery in ArtVelours and imitation leather that equips our Volkswagen ID.5. Against an extra 1,175 euros to the bill, the front seats are ErgoActive type, massagers, heated, electrically adjustable in 12 positions, with memory, pneumatically adjustable lumbar support and sliding extendable seats.

These seats are very comfortable but offer little support. They are suitable for large sizes. “, believes Maxime Fontanier. The option includes other specific elements: stainless steel crank; Electrically adjustable, folding and heated exterior mirrors; leather multifunction steering wheel, heated with tactile controls; Customizable 30-color ambient lighting.

It is thanks to this package that our electric SUV has a folding seat in 2 asymmetrical parts with the ski hatch and the central armrest with 2 cup holders. Please note that the vehicle has plenty of storage space, well located and accessible.

Two screens on board

The appearance of the Volkswagen ID.5’s dashboard is identical to that of the ID.4, with padded materials on the upper part of the dashboard and which are located at the level of the armrests of the door panels.

Behind the steering wheel is the same small digital screen for the instrumentation. The ergonomics of the central digital tablet can still be improved. For example, ” the air conditioner is still so complicated to use: you have to press here, press there again, in short, you have to press millions of buttons to turn on the air conditioning “, comments our tester with deliberate exaggeration.

The possibility of using this small panel with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is, however, a very positive point. ” In this generation, we have a new software, 3.0, which is intended to be optimized, more fluid, and which now allows the integration of an automatic parking system. Planning has also been optimized “, emphasizes Maxime Fontanier.

Extremely nice in town »

Behind the steering wheel and extending the instrumentation screen to the right, the traction selector is not the most practical to handle. To get maximum engine braking, you need to order it again. This engages B (brake) mode. But no pallets behind the rim to refine regeneration power.

To facilitate manoeuvring, Volkswagen’s electric SUV coupé has a significant advantage common to the ID family: an excellent turning radius for its size. It is here 10.20 m. ” This is best in class. It’s much better than a Tesla Model Y, for example, which is also much wider and more difficult to park. “, compares our journalist.

In use, the brake pedal and accelerator are quite soft. ” To evolve in the city, it is an extremely pleasant SUV. Like the ID.4 or the cousin Skoda Enyaq which also comes in a cut version », Aligns the man with the cap.

“Clumsy on winding roads”

The Volkswagen ID.5 can be based on 3 chassis models: Sport (+ 400 euros), DCC Controlled Suspension (+ 1,300 euros) or Standard, as standard. The copy at our disposal is content with the latter. Shows great flexibility and judder, even in Sport mode. Suffice to say, winding departmental roads aren’t this SUV coupe’s favorite playground.

What Maxime Fontanier expresses like this: “ The car is clunky » ; ” We feel the weight of the batteries on the floor » ; ” Steering is light and lacks mid-point precision » ; ” It’s good in the city, but lacks consistency for dynamic driving » ; ” We hear the business wandering ’cause it takes a lot to roll » ; ” You don’t really feel the front axle which tends to widen » ; ” ESP sometimes shuts off the engine, preventing you from accelerating through turns » ; ” In terms of braking too, it’s a little light on sensations, even if the braking distances are adequate. “.

That’s why our journalist advises you to choose the Sport chassis or the one with piloted suspension. Which will not harm the comfort of the people transported aboard this car to see first of all how ” a wagon that is appreciated for its habitability “.

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Restricted on expressways

On fast tracks, the Volkswagen ID.5 is quite quiet, both in terms of air noise and rolling noise. Drivers should appreciate the steering aids that are easily manageable with the buttons on the steering wheel. Available to them, sometimes adopting an optional package: active cruise control, reading traffic signs, keeping the distance from the vehicle in front, lane change assistance, etc.

The SUV coupé does not seek to dazzle with exceptional performance. It reaches 0 to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds and its top speed is limited to 160 km/h.

On the highway, with calm weather and a temperature of 35°C, we recorded an average consumption of 22 kWh per 100 km. Which isn’t necessarily too high for a 2,117kg electric car. The range to the fault would therefore be approximately 350 km. Perhaps also that the new software 3.0 that controls the machine and intervenes in particular in the management of the batteries, makes it possible to moderate consumption.

prices

As of June 21, 2022, the Volkswagen ID.5 price list starts at €52,550 including taxes and excluding bonuses, with the Pro model whose engine power is limited to 128 kW (174 hp). The Pro Performance of our test, already better endowed at this level (150 kW / 204 hp as a reminder), requires a little more effort: 54,150 euros, not counting the billable packages and options.

Which is still very expensive even if you have the standard assistance package and therefore a better equipment level than the cheaper 3,700 euro ID.4 », concludes Maxime Fontanier.

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