behind the wheel of the new electric SUV Coupé

In the ID family, that of the electric Volkswagens, after the small ID3 and the family SUV ID4, here is the coupe SUV, ID5. Engine ! Or rather contact!

No salvation without one coupe-SUV in its range. To be convinced of this, it suffices to see the number of pachydermic BMW X4 & X6 and other Mercedes GLC & GLE Coupé, or more commoner Renault Arkana, criss-crossing our streets and our roads. Whose interest we continue in vain. VW’s bright idea is to offer such a machine in an electric version. Nothing could be simpler, just take an ID4 and lower the roof to offer the essential touch of sportiness that will remind the good father of his GTi years! The SUV coupe is a bit of a cap worn upside down, it’s “young”! In short, this ID5 whose mission is nothing less than to “redefine the codes of premium” (!) is none other than an ID4 with a dynamized look – coupé-style rear line and spoiler, sports shield with lowered diffuser and domed wings – and optimized Cx (a flattering 0.26). If its size is unchanged, with 4.60 m long, its trunk not only loses nothing in volume, but even gains 6 liters, to 549 litersexpandable up to 1,561 litres! In short, family sport since the habitability allows, like the ID4, to comfortably embark all the members.

This ID5 is a good family SUV…

And driving, what does it look like? Softness, silence, comfort and space in a zen, neat cabin, where nothing protrudes, and which can be flooded with light by an optional panoramic glass roof. Still, on the pleasure and emotion side, all this remains very platonic. ; a remark that can be addressed to many other electric models. Where, no doubt, this need to move the “sportsmanship” to the trunk! After this observation, it is clear that this iD5 is a good family SUV. Super quiet, very smooth to ride, comfortable – despite our 21” rims – and with a certain dynamism thanks to its transmission to the rear wheels (unlike the GTX which becomes 4×4 by adopting a second engine on the front axle), it only suffers from a somewhat tight cavalry. If the 204 hp and 310 Nm sparks under the hood of a small ID3, they must here propel more than 2.1 tonnes (including 493 kg of batteries). As proof, during our second test run at dawn on the small Austrian roads, we had trouble following our hare who, ironically, was driving an ID3! There remains, of course, the possibility of choosing the more expensive GTX, with 299 hp and 460 Nm.. Good surprise on the consumption side since at the end of our two mixed test runs, carried out in town, on Austrian roads and motorways, without any particular restriction, our average was 18.7 kWh – a figure very close to that announced by VW (17.8) – which corresponds to a real autonomy of 411 kmcompared to the 513 “maxi” advertised. What almost make this ID5 the main vehicle of the home, as Volkswagen would dream.
It remains to talk about the essential equipment and connectivity without which sores-geeks-greens cannot leave their car park.. For the first time on an ID, Software 3.0 improves many functions: the Travel Assist 2.5 is thus able to learn the route of a small secondary road by exchanging information with other connected VW modelsPark-Assist Plus can memorize up to five previously learned parking spaces, it optimizes lane change assistance on the motorway (however, we were unable to get it to work…), and trip planning which can , soon, make the charge automatic, without a card (the flow will start as soon as the socket is connected). Or does it reduce the recharging time. Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, intelligent Matrix-LED headlights, “augmented reality” head-up display are also part of the equipment… standard or optional.

For those who want to travel with the family, comfortably, silently and without emitting the slightest gram of CO2, this ID5 could become an alternative to a combustion engine car… Provided you pay more than €50,000.

To buy

Volkswagen ID5 Pro Performance test
Version tested: €53,050 (Pro Performance)
From: €51,450 (Pro)
Average manufacturer/average consumption of the test (kW/100km): 17.8/18.7
Autonomy manufacturer/actual (km): 513/411
CO2/bonus-malus: 0/2,000 €
Fiscal horsepower: 5 CV
Country of manufacture: Germany

Range offered
Electric: from 170 to 299 hp, from 51,450 to 57,950 €


Engine : synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets, 77 kWh lithium-ion battery
Transmission : rear-wheel drive, single gear + reverse gear
Power : 150 kW – 204 hp
Couple (Nm): 310
Charging time : 29′ on DC 135 kW socket (5-80%), 7h30 on AC 11 kW socket (0-100%) & 42h45 on AC 1.8 kW (0-100%)
Weight (kg): 2,117
Length.xwidth.xhigh. (m): 4.60×1.85×1.61
Wheelbase (m): 2.77
Turning diameter : 10.20m
Max speed (km/h): 160 km/h
0-100km/h : 8”4
Standard tires : 235/55 R19
Test tires : Front, 235/45 R 21 & Rear, 255/40 R 21 (Hankook Ventus S1 EVO3 e-Performance)


5/2 chest (l): 549/1,561

Recommended options

  • Intelligent IQ Light Matrix LED headlights + sequential indicators + dark-tinted rear windows/with panoramic glass roof (€2,100/€3,000)
  • Augmented reality head-up display + audio system with subwoofer (€1,450)
  • Semi-autonomous driving + lane change assistant + 360° camera + intelligent Park Assist + electric tailgate (€1,750)
  • Sport/piloted damping (400/1,300 €)

main competitor
Skoda Enyaq iV
204 hp, from €49,760

WE love

  • Consumption-autonomy
  • Silence
  • Habitability-comfort
  • Finishing

We love less

  • Average performance
  • Lack of feeling

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