New Volkswagen ID.5 electric coupe-SUV spied testing

Spy shots reveal sloping roofline of the coupe-SUV version of the Volkswagen’s ID.4

Volkswagen ID.5 spy shot

The Volkswagen ID.5, the latest addition to the brand’s ID. range of electric cars, has been spied testing in Germany ahead of its unveiling, expected later this year. The ID.5 electric coupe-SUV will rival other electric coupe-SUVs, like the Polestar 2, Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

As the coupe version of the ID.4, it'll use the same battery and motor setups. That means we expect the ID.5 will eventually be available with either a 52 or 77kWh battery, and the same 201bhp electric motor, rear-wheel drive setup we’ve already tested in the ID.4. Again like the ID.4, other, less expensive variants will follow after launch.

However, there's also expected to be an ID.5 GTX performance version with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup. Volkswagen recently revealed that performance versions of its electric cars will be badged GTX, and that an ID.4 GTX will be unveiled later in April.

The ID.5 may have a slightly longer range than the ID.4, thanks to its more aerodynamic roofline, but will likely still be close to the 217-310 miles the ID.4 can achieve depending on battery size and number of motors.   

It’s also safe to assume that the ID.5 will be capable of 125kW rapid charging speeds, as it'll use Volkswagen’s now familiar ‘MEB’ platform that's served as the underpinnings for the ID.4, ID.3 hatchback and ID.6 seven-seater electric SUV exclusively for China that Volkswagen unveiled last week. Outside of Volkswagen, the MEB platform has also been used to build the Skoda Enyag iV and the Audi Q4 e-tron.

A launch date and price for the ID.5 have yet to be announced, but we expect it’ll be priced slightly higher than the ID.4, which starts at £40,800 in 1st Edition spec.

Volkswagen ID.5 design

The most obvious visual difference between the ID.5 and the more conventional ID.4 is at the rear. Our spy shots clearly show the heavily sloped rear window, and small spoiler on top of the short bootlid. This does mean the ID.5 will have a reduced load capacity, but the sportier design may attract younger, more style-conscious customers.

The same is true at the front, as the ID.4 seems to have received a slightly more aggressive front bumper design, though elsewhere it largely remains the same when compared to the ID.4.

We expect when it comes to the ID.5’s interior, it’ll also share a lot with the ID.4. The 1st Edition versions of the ID.4 come with a 10-inch touchscreen sat-nav setup with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and a digital driver’s display.

See our pick of the best electric SUVs here.

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