New 2022 Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric minibus and van: prices, specs and range
VW’s retro-inspired ID. Buzz gets a 258-mile range and £57,115 starting price; order books open in July
UK pricing for the Volkswagen ID. Buzz has been revealed, with customers now able to pre-order the five-seat minibus before order books officially open in July.
The ID. Buzz will launch with a limited-run 1st Edition model, alongside the standard Life and Style trims, all of which will feature a 77kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor for a range of 258 miles. Prices for the entry-level ID. Buzz Life will start from £57,115, rising to £61,915 for Style models; top-of-the-range 1st Edition is priced at £62,995.
The pricing info comes a couple months after the covers were pulled off both the ID. Buzz electric minibus and its commercial counterpart, the ID. Buzz Cargo van. The modern interpretation of the iconic Type 2 Microbus from the 1950s features the brand’s badge on its nose, a swept-back windscreen, short overhangs at the front and rear, plus smooth surfacing and body lines, coupled with slim LED headlights and tail-lights and a perforated front bumper.
These cues are taken from the other models in the Volkswagen’s ID. range of electric cars, which currently includes the ID.3 hatchback, ID.4 SUV and the ID.5 coupe-SUV. A Passat-sized hatchback and estate based on the ID.Vizzion concept has also been spied testing and is expected to join the ID. family very soon.
Volkswagen has previously confirmed it'll produce a 'California' camper-van version of the new ID. Buzz "in the second half of the decade" – so it'll be 2025 at the earliest before that hits the road. But in the meantime, read on for more details on the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo.
Volkswagen ID. Buzz range, battery, charging and performance
The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo ‘Pro’ models available from launch get the same 77kWh battery as top-spec versions of the above cars for a range of 258 miles. Cheaper ‘Pure’ versions that’ll come later will probably feature either a 45 or 58kWh battery, and are likely to have a range closer to 200 miles.
VW also claims the ID. Buzz can support rapid-charging speeds up to 170kW, which should allow customers to top up the 77kWh battery from 5-80% capacity in close to 30 minutes from a fast enough public charger. Fully recharging the battery from a standard 7.4kW home wallbox is likely to take over 12 hours.
The ID. Buzz is driven by a single electric motor on the rear axle that produces 201bhp and 310Nm of torque. VW hasn’t disclosed a 0-62mph for the ID. Buzz yet, but when we drove a prototype version not too long ago, it had no trouble accelerating up to 70mph – or even beyond. You can read our first impressions of the VW ID. Buzz here. VW has also confirmed a dual-motor GTX version of the ID. Buzz with four-wheel-drive and 295bhp will arrive later down the line.
Practicality, cargo space and dimensions
The ID. Buzz measures 4,712mm end to end, with a wheelbase of just under three metres and a completely flat floor that maximises interior space in both the people carrier and commercial models. In the ID. Buzz, you get 1,121 litres of boot space with the second row of seats in place, or 2,205 litres when you fold them down. For reference, the only other cars capable of similar figures are seven-seat SUVs like the Kia Sorento and Land Rover Discovery, or other van-derived MPVs such as the Peugeot e-Rifter.
Like the Peugeot and its Citroen and Vauxhall sister models, the ID. Buzz gets two sliding doors as standard, meaning access to the rear seats should be easy – this will be particularly handy if you need to fit a child seat regularly. Plus, a relatively short turning circle of 11.1 metres will help manoeuvrability around town and in tight car parks.
The ID. Buzz Cargo, meanwhile, offers 3.9 cubic metres of load space in the back, which is large enough to accommodate two Euro pallets. It’ll be available either with a single-piece tailgate or split, wing-style doors, and gets a choice of two or three seats up front. A single sliding door comes as standard, with another available as an optional extra. The maximum payload is relatively low at 650kg – even the Vauxhall Combo-e Cargo can carry over 150kg more.
The zero-emissions MPV and van also come with what Volkswagen is calling the ‘Buzz Box’. The storage bin sits between the front seats and features a top compartment with an ice scraper and bottle opener inside, and provides extra bottle storage and a large five-litre drawer for any bulkier items.
Not only will a 'California' camper version of the ID. Buzz arrive in time, but Volkswagen has also confirmed six and seven-seater variants of the zero-emissions MPV will follow, as will an extended-wheelbase model.
Interior and technology
The ID. Buzz’s close relation to the ID.3 and ID.4 is clear when you take a look at the cabin. It features the same touch-sensitive climate controls and steering wheel buttons as those cars. You also get a 5.3-inch digital driver’s display and 10-inch central infotainment touchscreen as standard, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (optional on the Cargo). All 1st Edition models come equipped with a larger 12-inch unit.
VW has also fitted an evolution of its column-mounted twist-and-go gearlever, along with a litany of USB-C charging ports and storage areas around the cabin and a compartment below the infotainment screen with two cup holders. The MPV model also gets ambient lighting and the interactive ID.Light across the dashboard that changes colour in certain situations, turning red when the car is warning of a possible hazard, for example.
One thing you won’t find in the ID. Buzz is leather, as VW has chosen to use several recycled or vegan materials for the upholstery and other components. One of these, called Seaqual yarn, consists of 10% collected ocean plastics and roughly 90% recycled plastic bottles. Higher-spec Style and 1st Edition models come with bright two-colour schemes to help set them apart from entry-level cars.
The ID. Buzz also gets an array of driver-assistance technology and can be equipped with the latest version of the brand’s ‘Travel Assist’ semi-autonomous system. In fact, top-spec versions of the ID. Buzz will feature more than 30 different driver-assistance systems, with the capability to receive over-the-air updates from VW as well.
Equipment, trim levels, options and prices
Volkswagen has revealed the ID. Buzz will launch in Life, Style and 1st Edition specifications, with order books set to open in July 2022. Customers have to put down an initial deposit of £2,000 by 30 June to secure a priority slot for the five-seat ID. Buzz. At launch, all versions will come with the same combination of a 77kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor.
Standard kit on the ID. Buzz Life (£57,115) includes LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, sliding rear doors, a 40:60 split-folding rear bench, armrests for the front seats, a 5.3-inch digital driver’s display, a 10-inch touchscreen, smartphone connectivity, keyless start, reversing camera, traffic-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking (AEB), among other safety systems.
Upgrading to Style trim (£61,915) adds 20-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, stainless steel Play and Pause pedals, powered tailgate, matrix LED headlights and two-tone cloth upholstery. Finally, there’s the 1st Edition spec (£62,995) which features a 12-inch touchscreen, 21-inch alloy wheels, upgraded seats for the driver and front passenger, among other kit.
Customers also get a choice of four two-tone paint finishes, which combine a ‘Candy White’ roof and V-shaped bonnet with either ‘Lime Yellow’, ‘Starlight Blue’, ‘Energetic Orange’ or ‘Bay Leaf Green’ for the rest of the bodywork.
Prices for the ID. Buzz Cargo remains under wraps for the time being, but we know the electric van will come with LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, wood flooring in the cargo area, AEB, parking sensors and a sliding door on the passenger side. Another sliding door is available as an optional extra, as are 19 and 20-inch alloys, Matrix LED headlights, a partition with a fixed window and load-through hatch, a folding towbar and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto phone connectivity.
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