The new ID5 is the third member of Volkswagen’s family of bespoke EVs, joining the ID.3 hatchback and the closely related ID.4 SUV. The new model is essentially a rakish-roofed version of the ID.4, and, as such, stands out with a sloping roofline and a boot-lip spoiler.
- Save for the sharply raked roofline, ID.5 nearly identical to ID.4
- Gets 174hp or 204hp power outputs in standard guise; 299hp in GTX form
- Closely related ID.4 to be launched in India around 2022
Like on the outside, the ID.5 is largely similar to its more conventionally styled sibling on the inside as well. Volkswagen is, however, ushering in an updated version of its touchscreen infotainment system with the coupé-SUV, promising faster response times, though the controversial touch-slider air conditioning controls remain.
Elsewhere, the ID.5’s cabin is virtually unchanged from the ID.4, save for a 12mm reduction in rear head room and a shorter boot.
Volkswagen ID5: battery, range and motor details
The standard, rear-driven ID.5 comes with a choice of 174hp and 204hp motors, which go from 0-100kph in 10.4sec and 8.4sec respectively.
A 77kWh battery offers a maximum range of 520km – a slight boost over the straight-backed ID.4, courtesy of the new car’s improved aerodynamics.
The ID.5 matches the ID.4’s 135kW maximum charging rate too, so it can be topped up to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.
Volkswagen ID5 GTX
Like its sibling, the ID.5 will also be offered in performance-focused GTX guise with an additional motor on the front axle, bumping output to 299hp and cutting the 0-100kph time to 6.3sec. The additional power does reduce the range, but the ID.5 GTX can still do 489km per charge.
Volkswagen’s EV plans for India
With Audi already having launched the e-tron, e-tron Sportback and e-tron GT in our market, and the Porsche Taycan being launched soon, VW is set to follow in the footsteps of its group companies. We have already reported that the ID.4 SUV is slated to be launched here next year, priced at about Rs 60 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom). It, however, remains to be seen if the ID.5 makes it to our shores as well.
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