James Gent

James Gent

November 3, 2021 3:47 pm


Volkswagen today unveiled the latest addition to its all-electric range, the ID.5 e-SUV coupe, which is set to launch early next year.

Built atop the same modular electric drive matrix (MEB) underpinnings as the first fully electric SUV from VW – the ID.4 – the new ID.5 features the same 2,766mm wheelbase, but, at entry level at least, is 15mm longer at 4,599mm (the top of the range ID.5 GTX is on par at 4,582mm long).

The main difference is that sloping roofline – a “body style of the future” – which, while reducing rear headroom by 12mm over the ID.4, cuts more cleanly through the air than its sister model, reducing drag co-efficient to 0.26 (0.27 in the GTX) compared with the ID.4’s 0.28 for an increase in overall range.

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX and ID.5 Pro Performance

Well, sort of. With the greenest of right foots, you’ll get just under 520 kilometres from the ID.5 compared with around 518 km with the ID.4. But, hey, it’s progress.

Powertrain options are threefold, and all are mated with the same “large, long-range battery”, expected to be the 77 kWh example used in select ID.4 models. The entry level ID.5 Pro is equipped with a single, rear axle-mounted electric motor expected to produce around 172 horsepower, while the mid-range ID.5 Pro Performance is equipped with a more powerful example around the 201 hp range.

The top rung ID.5 GTX meanwhile – which also boasts a more aggressive front bumper, a new lower grille, and painted side skirts for more visually arresting ‘oomph’ – features a dual setup with an additional electric motor powering the front axle. Up to 295 hp is thus sent to all four wheels, and while that will drop the GTX’s maximum range below 485 km, the 0-to-100 km/h could be completed in as little as 6.3 seconds.

The most dynamic edition of the ID.5 also features a larger rear spoiler and diffuser, plus lowered suspension, upgraded brakes and even adaptive damper as an optional extra for improved handling.

All three editions come with an active shutter in the front grille, which opens – and cools – only when necessary to maximize range.

Inside, and like the ID.4, customers will find a 6-inch driver information screen and centre console-mounted 12-inch infotainment screen. The lack of a transmission tunnel means there’s more room in the back than an equivalently-sized, naturally-aspirated Tiguan. Interestingly, trunk space (sorry, “luggage compartment volume”) is actually six litres greater than the ID.4 at 549 litres. Volkswagen is also been to point out that, to keep the green theme going, no animal products were used in the manufacture of the cabin.

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