Nov 23, 2021 - 11:42 am

Volkswagen launches sales of the ID.5

VW has started the pre-sale of the ID.5. The coupé version of the VW ID.4, which was presented earlier this month, is available in Germany from a starting price of 46,515 euros. However, it is currently difficult to make a statement on the price after subsidy deduction. In addition, the ID.5 GTX gets an even higher charging capacity than initially stated.

There is a simple reason why Volkswagen does not state the usual price before customer after deduction of the subsidy in its announcement: it is currently considered unlikely that the innovation bonus, which is currently limited until the end of 2021, will be extended. Since VW has not yet given any information on when the first ID.5s will be delivered to customers, it can be assumed that it will be 2022.

At the pre-sale start, the ID.5 Pro and the ID.5 Pro Performance with 128 kW and 150 kW, respectively, as well as the all-wheel-drive ID.5 GTX with 220 kW will be offered, each in combination with the 77 kWh battery. Interesting detail: While at the premiere of the ID.5 there was already talk of an increased DC charging power of 135 kW with a flatter charging curve, in the current announcement VW confirms the 135 kW only for the two rear-wheel-drive variants. According to this, the ID.5 GTX will even be able to charge with a peak charging power of 150 kW – and thus, in an ideal case, power for 100 kilometres in six minutes.

There are no changes to the specifications for range – up to 520 WLTP kilometres or 490 kilometres for the GTX – and the body. Despite the coupé-like roofline, the ID.5 has only 12 mm less headroom in the rear than the ID.4. The boot volume is up to 549 litres. As before, the ID.5 – like all MEB models – does not have a frunk.

Currently, as with the launch of the ID.3, the offer in the configurator is somewhat limited, which VW calls a “lean offer structure”. Customers can choose between the aforementioned three engine options, specify paint and wheel rims and select between a few packages instead of numerous individual options. There is a design, infotainment, assistance, comfort and sport package, each in a basic as well as a plus variant. In total, however, there are still significantly more variants than with other manufacturers.

VW also emphasises the software of the ID.5: “Our elegant e-SUV coupé already gives customers the new ID.Software 3.0. In concrete terms, this means that improved charging capacity and voice control ensure a high level of user comfort,” says Klaus Zellmer, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand, Sales, Marketing and After Sales divisions. “Latest-generation assist systems demonstrate Volkswagen’s software expertise.”

These include the optionally available ‘Travel Assist with Swarm Data’. The interaction of distance control, lane assist and navigation with swarm data from the cloud is designed to increase driving comfort. Since the ID.5 is OTA-capable, the software should also be able to remain up to date without workshop visits. (German configurator)


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