New 2022 Volkswagen ID.5 and ID.5 GTX electric coupe-SUV unveiled

The coupe version of the ID.4 can cover up to 323 miles on a charge and will be available in high-performance GTX guise; prices are expected to start at around £47,000

Volkswagen ID.5

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the latest addition to its ID range of pure-electric cars: the ID.5. It's a sleek coupe-SUV looking to take on the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6, among others

It’s based on the same MEB mechanical platform as the Q4, Cupra Born, Skoda Enyaq iV and Volkswagen ID.4. The most obvious visual difference between the ID.5 and the latter model is at the rear, where there's a heavily sloped screen and a small spoiler on top of the short bootlid.

However, despite the more dramatic roofline, rear headroom is only reduced by 12mm, and when measured up to the parcel shelf, the ID.5’s 549-litre boot capacity is more than you get in the ID.4. Fold the rear seats down and load volume increases to 1,561 litres.

Up front, you get a 12-inch central infotainment screen and a six-inch digital driver’s display behind the wheel, with an augmented reality head-up display available as an optional extra.

Three versions of the ID.5 have been announced so far, all of which feature a 77kWh battery; the differences are in power output and range. The entry-level ID.5 Pro gets a single electric motor, which sends all of its 172bhp and 310Nm of torque to the rear wheels, with 0-62mph taking 10.4 seconds. 

Upgrade to the Pro Performance powertrain and you still get a single rear-mounted motor, but power jumps to 201bhp. Torque remains the same at 310Nm, but the 0-62mph time is reduced to 8.4 seconds. Top speed for both these models is the same, at 99mph.

Thanks to revised software, the ID.5 can be topped up from a rapid-charging point at up to 135kW, compared to the closely related ID.3 and ID.4’s 120kW maximum. That means recharging from 10-80% takes just under 30 minutes.

The electric coupe-SUV is also capable of charging at 11kW from a three-phase home wallbox or public charging point, but a full top-up from a more common 7.4kW wallbox will take over 12 hours.

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX

At the top of the range is the ID.5 GTX, which uses a dual-motor setup for all-wheel drive, just like the ID.4 GTX. The performance version pumps out 295bhp, and takes just 6.3 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph, while top speed also sees an increase to 112mph. Range does take a hit through, falling from 323 miles for the Pro and Pro Performance to 298 miles in the GTX.

As it’s the sportiest option in the range, the GTX also gets lowered suspension and upgraded brakes, a more aggressive front bumper, a lower grille and painted side skirts. At the rear, there’s a larger spoiler and a diffuser. Buyers can also specify Volkswagen’s 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive dampers as an optional extra.

We've already sampled the ID.5 GTX in pre-production form – check out our review here. An exact launch date and UK pricing for this car and the standard ID.5 have yet to be announced, but we expect that going for the more rakish model will add around £2,000 or more to the price tag compared to the equivalent ID.4.

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