Skip advert
Advertisement

New Volkswagen ID. Buzz 2022 review

We deliver our verdict on the much-hyped retro-inspired Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric family car

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Find your Volkswagen ID. Buzz
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Hassle-free way to a brand new car
Or are you looking to sell your car?
Customers got an average £1000 more vs part exchange quotes
Advertisement

Verdict

It’s frankly hard to see how any vehicle could live up to this much hype, but we’re pleased to report that the Volkswagen ID. Buzz has indeed been worth the wait. It’s not quite as practical as its van-based rivals, admittedly, but it trumps the myriad SUVs it competes with when it comes to space and family-friendly features. It’ll sell on image alone, but beneath the retro styling and functional cabin, there’s a really capable, compelling EV. Only the high price counts against it.

Advertisement - Article continues below

There can’t be many new cars or vans launched in the past 12 months that have been met with as much fanfare as the all-new Volkswagen ID. Buzz. It already has a cult following, despite the fact that first deliveries aren’t due until November. Now it’s time to decide if this really is the electric minivan that we’ve all been waiting for.

First things first, the price: this isn’t a cheap family car. Prices for the Life version start at £57,115, rising to £61,915 for the better-equipped Style on which our Euro-spec test model is based.

So what do you get for your money? The ID. Buzz Life comes with 19-inch wheels, a 10-inch infotainment display with navigation, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a reversing camera, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Clever touches such as a USB slot in the passenger door, a hidden wireless phone charging pocket on the dash and the totally flat floor really make the ID. Buzz feel like a vehicle that has been designed with thought. You can even add a three-pin plug underneath the front passenger seat.

No matter which version you go for, Volkswagen claims a WLTP range of more than 250 miles. On our test in warm conditions, we were seeing almost exactly 3.0mi/kWh, which translates to a real-world range of 231 miles.

Advertisement - Article continues below

VW claims a maximum 170kW charge speed at a suitable public charger, too, which is good for a 5-80 per cent top-up in around 30 minutes. A 7kW home wallbox should return a full charge in 11 hours.

The cabin feels roomy wherever you’re sat. The two front seats (three in the cheaper Cargo panel van) offer almost armchair-like comfort. The sliding rear doors are a boon in tight spaces, but you don’t get three individual seats like you do in the Citroen SpaceTourer, and only the two outer chairs have Isofix child seat brackets.

With the seats removed, the ID. Buzz has a simply cavernous load bay, but even with five passengers, the ID. Buzz’s boot measures 1,121 litres – more than double what you’ll find in a BMW iX3 – and if you fold down the middle row the VW boasts a total capacity of 2,205 litres. You’ll need to spec the clever raised floor in order to benefit from a flat load area, but this does also give you a space beneath to store the charging cables.

The battery is mounted along the floor, so the centre of gravity is low, while the rear-mounted motor frees up space over the front axle, while improving handling. Body control is fantastic for a vehicle of this kind, and the steering is direct and well weighted. We’d prefer the brake energy recuperation to be a bit stronger, but it’s the same set-up that’s in the ID.3 and ID.4.

The 0-62mph dash takes 10.2 seconds, but the VW feels more alert than this, due to its smooth transmission and the instant torque from the 201bhp electric motor. While it feels fast enough for daily use, we weren’t able to try the car fully loaded.

Regardless, the ID. Buzz is very refined for such a bluff-fronted vehicle, and while it’s perhaps a little firm around town, it doesn’t crash through potholes or over broken roads. You’ll find it strikes a really favourable rhythm at higher speeds, too.

There’s very little wind and road noise, and the ID. Buzz is free from any of those characteristic shakes and rattles you might find on passenger cars converted from commercial vehicles. The Cargo van echoes slightly with an empty load bay, but it’s no deal breaker; existing Ford Transit Custom or VW Transporter owners won’t find this cause for concern.

Model:Volkswagen ID. Buzz 77kWh Pro Style SWB
Price:£61,915
Powertrain:77kWh battery, 1x e-motor
Power/torque:201bhp/310Nm
Transmission:Single-speed auto, rear-wheel drive 
0-62mph:10.2 seconds
Top speed:90mph
Range:255 miles
Max. charging:170kW, 5-80% in 30 min
On sale:Now
Skip advert
Advertisement
Deputy editor

Richard has been part of the team for over a decade. During this time he has covered a huge amount of news and reviews for Auto Express, as well as being the face of Carbuyer and DrivingElectric on Youtube. In his current role as deputy editor, he is now responsible for keeping our content flowing and managing our team of talented writers.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Have you considered?

New BMW i5 Touring 2024 review: a truly impressive electric estate
BMW i5 Touring - front tracking
Road tests
10 Jun 2024

New BMW i5 Touring 2024 review: a truly impressive electric estate

Kia EV6 review
Kia EV6 - main image
In-depth reviews
4 Jun 2024

Kia EV6 review

BMW i4 review
BMW i4 - front tracking
In-depth reviews
28 May 2024

BMW i4 review

Most Popular

Dacia’s Duster is Britain’s best car to own as Driver Power 2024 survey results land
Dacia Duster - front tracking
News

Dacia’s Duster is Britain’s best car to own as Driver Power 2024 survey results land

Owners have voted the Dacia Duster as the most satisfying new car to own in the 2024 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey
11 Jun 2024
Best cars to own: Driver Power 2024 results
Driver Power 2024 - best cars to own header
News

Best cars to own: Driver Power 2024 results

The best new cars to own in the UK right now according to the people who already do. It’s the 2024 Driver Power results!
11 Jun 2024
New Porsche 911 S/T 2024 review: one of the best sports cars ever built
Porsche 911 S/T - front
Road tests

New Porsche 911 S/T 2024 review: one of the best sports cars ever built

Porsche’s last hurrah for the 992.1 generation 911 is an epic driving machine with just the right dose of luxury
12 Jun 2024