New 2022 Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric minibus and van: prices, specs, range
The retro-inspired VW ID. Buzz minibus and ID. Buzz Cargo van has gone on sale in Germany priced from around £46,000 before incentives
Prices and specifications for the Volkswagen ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo have been revealed – although only for the German market for now. UK details will be available later in May, with the retro-inspired minibus and van due in showrooms from October.
The ID. Buzz Cargo is the cheaper of the two models, with prices starting from €54,430 (around £46,150) in Germany before local incentives. Environmental rebates reduce that cost by another €8,000; UK grants are less substantial, but Cargo customers should still qualify for money off.
The five-seat Volkswagen ID. Buzz minibus won’t qualify for the plug-in grant, however, as it isn’t classed as a commercial vehicle; the UK passenger-car grant is for cars costing less than £32,500. German prices start from €64,581 (around £54,760) – again, before local incentives have been applied. More information on pricing and specs can be found below.
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 lights and a perforated front bumper.
These cues are taken from the other models in the Volkswagen’s ID. range of electric cars; this 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.
At launch, the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will come in ‘Pro’ specification, with both models making their debuts this year. An entry-level ‘Pure’ version will arrive at a later date with a smaller battery, but details regarding the base model remain under wraps.
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. Volkswagen claims the ID. Buzz will do 263 miles on a charge (264 miles for the ID. Buzz Cargo); the cheaper ‘Pure’ versions with either a 45 or 58kWh battery should manage 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; a four-wheel-drive, dual-motor version is expected to arrive later down the line. VW hasn’t disclosed a 0-62mph time for the ID. Buzz yet, but when we drove a prototype version not too long ago, it had no trouble accelerating up to 70mph with the 201bhp on tap. You can read our first impressions of the VW ID. Buzz here.
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.
Both versions are also available with what Volkswagen is calling the ‘Buzz Box’. The optional 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 very clear when you take a look at the cabin as 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). There's also the option of upgrading the central touchscreen to a 12-inch unit on the people carrier.
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. VW’s optional ‘Style’ and ‘Style Plus’ packs include different material choices and two-colour schemes if you want to customise the interior further.
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
Both the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo in ‘Pro’ specification are on sale in Germany now, with UK pricing due soon. More variants – including the entry-level ‘Pure’ – will follow later. Prices (in Germany) start from €54,430 (around £46,150) for the ID. Buzz Cargo, with the five-seat ID. Buzz minibus costing roughly €10,000 (£8,480) more.
The ID. Buzz Cargo (again, in Germany) gets climate control, keyless start, LED lights and 18-inch steel wheels. It also gets VW’s 10-inch infotainment system as standard. Optional extras include 19 and 20-inch alloys, Matrix LED headlights, a partition with a fixed window and load-through hatch, a folding towbar and a second sliding side door.
Standard kit on the ID. Buzz Pro minibus 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, traffic-sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and autonomous emergency braking (AEB), among other safety systems.
Optional extras range from a choice of (up to 21-inch) alloy-wheel designs, as well as various packages that group together key pieces of kit. Volkswagen says the ID. Buzz is available in 11 colour combinations.
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