Volkswagen pull wraps off ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

23rd Mar 2022 | Reviews


Two tone colour schemes hark back to the classic campers
Two tone colour schemes hark back to the classic campers

The wraps have finally been peeled off one of the most exciting, interesting and practical electric vehicles ever created – the Volkswagen ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo.

The all-electric van and MPV will arrive in the UK this autumn, and use the same basic mechanical parts as the familiar ID.3 and ID.4 models.

The first Buzzes will have a 77 kWh battery giving a range of 342 miles on the official test cycles. It provides current to a 201bhp electric motor, which drives the rear wheels.

Charging is pretty fast too, with DC quick-charging station (direct current) the charging power increases to as much at up to 170kW. That will mean a 5 to 80% top up will take around 30 minutes.

But it is the looks which will get owners most excited. As with the classic VW campers, there are two-tone paint options and funky detailing which is certain to make people carriers desirable again.

The overall length is 4,712mm – 128mm longer than an ID.4, but fractionally shorter than a Tesla Model Y. This, combined with the upright stance, results in some predicably impressive figures for luggage space.

In the MPV version with five seats there will be up to 1,121 litres of capacity with all the seats in place, which is nearly three times the space offered in a car such as a Nissan Leaf.

If the second row of seats is folded down, the load capacity increases to up to a whopping 2,205 litres.

By 2024, six- and seven-seat configurations and an extended wheelbase version will also follow.

For buyers who want to carry cargo rather than passengers, there will be the option of a three seat bench at the front up front and a fixed bulkhead partition separating off the 3.9 m3 cargo space are. It will have a maximum load 650 kg, which doesn't look particularly impressive next to rivals – a cheaper Citroen e-Berlingo has a 3.8 m3 space and a 751kg capacity.

No prices have been mentioned yet, but expect a basic van to cost around £50,000 and the passenger versions to be about £10,000 more.

You can read more motoring advice from Ginny Buckley on the website: electrifying.com

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