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Volkswagen ID. Buzz performance, motor & drive

It’s not quick, but a comfortable ride and good refinement are exactly what you want from an electric family car

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Performance, motor & drive rating

4.0 out of 5

0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
10.2s90mphRear201bhp

While the majority of people carriers and minibuses these days are just vans with windows, the ID. Buzz uses the same MEB platform as the rest of the models in the VW’s electric car line-up, not to mention the Audi Q4 e-tron, Cupra Born and Skoda Enyaq iV. That means this electric MPV offers a more car-like driving experience than you might expect.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

The Buzz isn’t what you’d call quick, as 0-62mph takes 10.2 seconds, while the top speed stands at 90mph. But it does at least feel more alert than you might expect thanks to its smooth power delivery and the instant torque from the electric motor powering the rear wheels. It’s certainly fast enough for daily use, though admittedly the ID. Buzz wasn’t fully loaded when we drove it. With five passengers and a boot full of luggage on board, it may feel a little sluggish.

However, Volkswagen has confirmed an ID. Buzz GTX is coming, probably with the same 295bhp, dual-motor powertrain as the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX, and there’s a smaller battery model on the way, too. Both are likely to be notably quicker to 62mph.

Handling

Thanks to the huge 77kWh battery being mounted along the floor, the centre of gravity is low, while the rear-mounted motor not only helps free up space over the front axle, but also improves handling. Body control is fantastic for a vehicle like this, and the steering feels direct and well weighted. 

We also liked how refined the ID. Buzz was, especially for an EV with such a bluff front end. There’s very little wind and road noise in the cabin, which is free from any of those characteristic shakes and rattles you might find on van-to-car conversions.

The ride is perhaps a little firm around town, but it doesn’t crash through potholes or even broken up roads, and it's comfortable at motorway speeds.

Unfortunately, the ID. Buzz only has two settings for the regenerative braking - on or off. It’s the same setup you’ll find in the ID.3 and ID.4, and even when in ‘B’ mode we wished it was a bit stronger or could offer the same one-pedal driving capabilities as the latest Hyundai and Kia EVs.

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