opinion behind the wheel of the new electric Combi

ID Buzz aims to embody the spirit of Combi in today’s world. Successful conversion?

What happened to the hippies? If some still raise goats at Larzac (our apologies for that cliché), others have cut their hair to make a good career on boards of directors (bis). We could compare the trajectory of the latter with that of the Volkswagen Combi, 1960s counterculture fetish van. He reborn today in electric form. This chubby but clean-lined heir of the fat bully – its nickname in Germany – aims to attract adventurous families, active retired couples and even companies by supplementing their fleet with a zero-emission compact van in its utility version called Cargo. The maxi VW logo, two-tone paintwork and the signature “V” on the front add nostalgia; successfully given the interest generated in the service areas where we made stops.

A well thought out interior

Like your ancestor, the identification. Buzz puts his engine close to the rear wheelsreleasing a record space considering its length (4.71 m), located between the Tesla Model 3 and the Peugeot 508. In the absence of a third row – it should arrive in the next few months in an XXL version – the basement offers 1,121 liters, that is, the capacity of four Peugeot 208 suitcases. The three rear passengers rest on a 2/3-1/3 split bench, due to the lack of individual seats. However, it glides over 20 centimeters, and even in the forward position, this line offers knee room worthy of the great plains of northern Germany. By lowering it with a simple gesture, you have a floor plan 2.32 meters long by 1.20 meters wide. When sliding a mattress, this tray becomes an excellent bed for two adults, even if it is a little high. Otherwise, you have 2 cubic feet of storage.

There is no specific space, however, for charging cables. Another (small) displeasure: if the simple and pleasant presentation seduces, the quality of the materials leaves something to be desired. All plastics sound hollow and most are hard. Wolfsburg, however, provided some interesting hints: exit docking system at the touch of a button, removable center console and partitions equipped with bottle openers… Soft drinks or beer naturally find their place in the various storage compartments. However, you will need to provide your own cooler. Although they don’t have leather, the two front seats are wide, cozy and equipped with armrests. Its firmness doesn’t get tired over hours of driving. The dominant position is reminiscent of the minivan world and anyone driving close to the steering wheel (not adjustable in depth) will unfortunately have their knees in plastic. A traditional Volkswagen strength, fishing ergonomics : the brand reinvents the wheel with a speed control (P, N, B, D, R) whose maneuverability requires adaptation time. The central 12-inch infotainment screen is average in terms of running speed, even if the abundance of menus makes it difficult to use.

Master key

From the first maneuver, we noticed a turning circle reduced to 11.10 meters, little more than a more compact Peugeot 3008. Above all, the very short overhangs and the excellent panoramic view offered to the driver make it possible to reach the tightest campsites. The 360° camera (optional) clearly aids in manoeuvring. Once installed, we are pleased to have two electric sliding doors (again, optional) and a large motorized tailgate (again).

Behind the wheel, ID Buzz is reassuring without being exciting; could it be a van? The machine shares its platform and its combined battery motor with ID.3 and ID.4. The 204 horsepower is a bit tight when it comes to climbing hills with multiple people and their luggage on board. The high mass (about 2.5 tons) is paid in cash. The steering is quite accurate, slightly firm damping – this is an electric car – in black currants. The roll is pronounced when you shake the ID a little. buzz. We will also note the design office’s choice to have the van fitted with large tires but with thick sides to save what could be a comfort level. An initiative that should inspire the SUV audience… The maximum load is set at 630 kg, which runs the risk of harming professionals. but not Øresund, the van doesn’t suffer much from the wind.

After charging, let’s talk about charging. The 77 kWh battery “collects” powers of up to 170 kW in a fast terminal. The passage from 10 to 80% is therefore carried out in 30 minutes under ideal conditions and on main roads. On the secondary network or a home wallbox, the maximum limit is set to 11 kW. Then count 7:30 to “fill”. During our test performed on Scania and Seeland billiards, we noticed average energy consumption of 18.9 kWh/100 km. A value to be welcomed. And assign a very correct air penetration for this size (Cx of 0.285… a value equivalent to a Hyundai Ioniq 5!). But this is also a value to be put into perspective. Long periods at 130 km/h on the highway and trips in the mountains – towards Kathmandu? – will quickly boost the on-board computer to peaks close to 25 kWh/100 km. Of course, under these conditions, the “real” range drops from 400 to 300 kilometers. To get more, you’ll probably have to wait for an ID. The Buzz has an extended wheelbase: it should offer six or seven seats and a more massive battery. This should further increase thehas the bill, already salty, of this Combi of modern times. But what are these financial considerations compared to the spirit of nostalgia?

We love

  • Visual and presentation
  • Record space and well thought out
  • decent comfort

we love less

  • disappointing quality
  • high rates
  • limited autonomy

data sheet

  • Engine: electric, rear
  • Transmission: for rear wheels, 1 gear
  • Power: 150 kW or 204 hp
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 10.2 seconds
  • Weight in running order: 2,407 kg
  • Max speed: 145km/h
  • Price: 56,990 euros (excluding 2,000 euros bonus)

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