New Volkswagen ID.5 drives the electric vision forwards

Date Posted 4th November 2021
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Volkswagen has launched its first electric SUV coupé, adding the ID.5 to its growing family of models and driving the brand’s “Accelerate” strategy forwards.   

The new ID.5 and the sporty ID.5 GTX with dual-motor all-wheel drive come with expressive design, long-distance capability, and the latest generation of software. The focus is on digitisation whereby the ID.5 can receive over-the-air updates, similar to Tesla, and allowing Volkswagen to reach another milestone of becoming a software-oriented mobility manufacturer.

Following in the sustainable footsteps of the ID.3 and ID.4, the new Volkswagen ID.5 models are both carbon-neutral on delivery to the customer. With a long list of new features added as a first for the ID range, Volkswagen has really upped its game and we’re here for it.

New Volkswagen ID.5: Exterior Design

An elegant e-SUV, the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX carry a lively design with aerodynamics which allows for a bolder and sportier aesthetic. Based on the Volkswagen modular electric drive matrix (MEB), the ID.5 e-SUV coupé ensures that a spacious interior is given priority, something that Volkswagen was able to achieve thanks to the dynamic roof line.

The ID.5 has all the characteristics of its predecessors; LED technology, with light strips on the front and rear, unmistakably identifies the ID.5 as a member of the ID. family. Many features, including the striking bumper, painted door paneling and new roof line, give the e-SUV coupé distinction from the ID.4, which was named World Car of the Year.

The expressive coupé design has a high recognition value. There’s the large air inlet and IQ.Light LED matrix headlights with intelligent high beams, and 3D LED rear lights which come as standard with the ID.5 GTX. The Vehicle Dynamics Manager networks the drive and chassis control systems, while an optional adaptive DCC chassis ensures optimal driving dynamics. The ID.5 and ID.5 GTX coast in driving mode D and recuperate energy in mode B.

New Volkswagen ID.5: Engine and Driving

The new ID.5 models will launch in 2022 with three engine options. The ID.5 will be powered by an electric engine in the rear. The dual-motor all-wheel drive of the ID.5 GTX will be powered by an e-motor on the front and rear axles.

The ground-breaking electronic Vehicle Dynamics Manager is networked with other important control systems, and it is also integrated with the all-wheel control function. This brings an entirely new level of sporty driving pleasure, traction and driving safety.

All ID.5 engine types are powered by a large, long-range battery. A low drag coefficient of between 0.26-0.27 increases efficiency and boosts the vehicle’s extensive range. This capability is further supported by the integrated spoiler in the wide-opening, aerodynamically shaped tailgate. Electric cooling air vents in the front of the vehicle open only, when necessary, to ensure optimal air flow.

New Volkswagen ID.5: Spacious Interior

The new body style and lounge-like spatial concept highlight the innovative power of Volkswagen and its ID. family. Despite its coupé-type shape, the ID.5 has just 12mm less headroom in the back than the Volkswagen ID.4. The long 2766 mm wheelbase facilitates interior spatial conditions comparable to those of SUVs in higher vehicle classes.

The luggage compartment volume is 549 litres, and the materials and manufacturing of the vehicle are of premium quality. Seat covering materials vary depending on the interior version. The optional Top Sports seats are distinguished by perforated ID logos at the top of the backrests.

New Volkswagen ID.5: Innovative Technology

The ultra-modern digital cockpit offers a new operating concept. The driver display and high-resolution multimedia system deliver strikingly brilliant visuals. An innovative augmented reality head-up display (optional) within the driver’s field of vision presents additional information.

The new ID. software 3.0 features various improvements including natural voice control (“Hallo ID”.) It is now learning-enabled and allows online access to information from the Cloud. For atmospheric interior lighting, the Ambient Lighting feature offers a choice of up to 30 colours. We Connect services provide the driver with real-time online traffic information, online map updates, information about charging stations, web radio and much more.

With the use of swarm data and latest-generation driver assistance systems, Volkswagen is also taking the next step towards automated driving.

New Volkswagen ID.5: Safety Features

The new software generation 3.0 allows for over-the-air updates and activation of additional functions, to keep the ID.5 current. Innovative assistance systems such as Travel Assist with swarm data allow for an even more relaxed and predictive driving experience. The new optional Park Assist Plus with memory function will take care of personalised parking processes on request.

With Car2X communication, Volkswagen is taking safety to a whole new level. Data from compatible vehicles in the Volkswagen fleet and signals from infrastructure within a radius of up to 800 metres can be locally interpreted in a fraction of a second. This enables driver alerts about dangerous areas, accidents, and stationary traffic. The ID. Light in the cockpit helps by providing visual warnings too.

New Volkswagen ID.5: Electric Charging

When charged using 100 percent green energy, the vehicles are already virtually climate neutral. With its We Charge charging system, Volkswagen offers the fastest-growing environmentally friendly system for convenient, networked, and sustainable charging. The network has around 250,000 charging points across Europe. Using the standard Mode 3 cable, the e-SUV coupé can also be charged with up to 11 kW of alternating current (AC), even when it is out and about. Charging performance can reach up to 135 kW as standard at a fast-charge station.

Volkswagen is launching at least one electric vehicle onto the market every year. The CO2 emissions per vehicle are set to decrease by up to 40 percent by as soon as 2030. On its “Way to ZERO”, the company is planning to become climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest.

The ID.5 models offer driving enjoyment for a discerning demographic, helping Volkswagen to break into a completely new market segment. UK prices and specifications will be announced in 2022.

Until then, we have a range of great deals on other ID family models for you to check out below.