New 2022 Volkswagen ID.5 trim levels revealed

Three new Volkswagen ID.5 flavours have been revealed and are available to order now in Tech, Max and GTX Max guises

The Volkswagen ID.5 coupe-SUV is now available to order in the UK, with prices starting from £50,550, which puts it directly up against rivals such as the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback and Kia EV6.

This new VW will only be available with the largest battery pack from the Volkswagen line-up – a 77 kWh unit, providing a range of up to 313 miles. With a maximum recharging capacity of 135 kW, the ID.5 can charge up to 80 per cent in around 29 minutes via a rapid charger. 

There are three power options, starting with the 171bhp Pro, rising through the 201bhp Pro Performance, and finishing with the range-topping 294bhp GTX

The 171bhp ID.5 Pro can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 99mph; this is the model with the battery range of 313 miles. This has a starting price of £50,550.

The 201bhp Pro Performance produces 201bhp, enabling it to get from 0-60mph in 8.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 99mph. It can also cover 313 miles on a charge, and has a starting price of £51,940.

Three trim levels are available, called Tech, Max, and GTX Max. All sit on the same MEB electric vehicle platform as all other ID models, including the ID.4 and ID.3.

Every ID.5 has a panoramic sunroof; LED matrix headlights; 3D-LED tail lights; a Travel Assist semi-autonomous assistance system; an electric tailgate; three-zone climate control; an augmented-reality head-up display; and 12-way electrically adjustable massaging seats.

Mid-level Max trim adds a set of 20-inch ‘Drammen’ alloy wheels; Top-Sport ‘Plus’ seats; and the Sports Package Plus, which incorporates Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Profile Selection, and progressive steering. The ID.5 Max and GTX Max also have an energy-efficient heat pump – to save as much battery power as possible. 

At the top of the range is the GTX Max – the second Volkswagen to wear the new GTX badge after the ID.4 GTX. 

This 294bhp model gets from 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds, and then on to a top speed of 112mph. But the extra performance means it suffers from range, sitting at a quoted WLTP range of 296 miles – 17 miles less than the cheaper variants. 

Volkswagen has also given the ID.5 GTX lowered suspension and upgraded brakes, but buyers can also specify Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive dampers as an optional extra.

Exterior changes include sportier-looking bumpers, 20-inch alloy wheels, and contrast colours for the roof frame and C-pillar. 

Inside, the GTX features exclusive seat upholstery with red contrast stitching, dark blue leatherette door panels, GTX-branded door sill protectors, and GTX logos on the steering wheel and digital screens. The GTX Max starts at £58,640 – making it the most expensive ID. model currently on sale.

The VW ID.5 is based on the same MEB underpinnings as the brand’s ID.4, meaning its width, length and wheelbase all remain the same. The sporty coupe body has been designed to broaden the appeal of the firm’s ID. line-up and capitalise on the booming coupe-SUV market. Like the ID.3 and ID.4, the new ID.5 will be built at Volkswagen’s plant in Zwickau.

One of the benefits of the new body style is slightly improved aerodynamics, which has increased the car’s maximum range compared with the ID.4 – albeit only slightly. The slipperiest ID.5 has a drag coefficient of just 0.26Cd, which is why it’s capable of covering more ground on a single charge.

Unusually for a coupe-SUV, Volkswagen has also managed to make the ID.5’s boot a little bigger than its ID.4 sibling’s – at least up to the level of the parcel shelf. There are 549 litres of space, six litres more than in the ID.4.

Q&A with Peter Kohorst

Product Manager for the Volkswagen ID.5

Q: How will Volkswagen position the ID.5 in comparison with the ID.4?

A: “Well, it’s the top positioning regarding the ID. portfolio. And we’ve implemented a higher quality as standard for the interior in comparison to the ID.4.”

Q: What’s the price difference between the ID.5 and the ID.4?

A: “We are still working that out, but it will be a little higher than the ID.4. But you have to take into account that the ID.5 is only available with the big battery – 77kWh instead of the 52kWh battery [in the entry-level ID.4], which lowers the price-point. 

“So if you compare prices in the future, you have to compare with the ID.4 Pro Performance, which also gets 77kWh power. But it will be positioned a bit higher. The price is not yet fixed, but we expect it’ll be €2,000–€3,000 more.”

Q: A big part of Volkswagen’s aim for the ID.5 is for every car to reach the customer carbon neutral. Could you talk us through that process?

A: “We are trying to focus and even erase the engagement we’re doing in the environmental situation. We analysed how much CO2 was created in the production of the car and battery, and we support projects [that offset] the same amount that we use for the production.

“We also collaborate with energy companies that only offer energy in a CO2-neutral way, like solar and wind. And we have some plants which are powered by wind energy. 

“The customer is also able to use the car in a CO2-neutral way. In Europe we have a daughter company, you could say, called Elli which provides you with a wallbox for your home, but also with energy that’s completely CO2-neutral. And it’s coming to the UK soon.”

Q: Has there been a call from the consumer for Volkswagen to produce its cars in a more sustainable manner? Or is it just a challenge the company has assumed?

A: “I think it’s both. For sure, more and more customers are aware of environmental damages and climate change and are asking for solutions. But also, we as a company want to raise the engagement and make the right products, while always bearing in mind that climate change has to be stopped. Mobility should be environmentally friendly.”

Now click here for our in-depth review of the ID.5’s sister car, the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV… 

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