Volkswagen ID. Buzz review: boot space, seating & practicality
It’s not the largest MPV on sale, but the ID. Buzz is still a very family-friendly machine
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Beneath the retro-inspired styling, the ID. Buzz really delivers when it comes to practicality. Its boxy, van-like shape provides maximum luggage space, while VW has been able to push the wheels out to each corner to create a long wheelbase. That, coupled with the windscreen positioned right at the very front of the car, means the interior feels very spacious.
The ID. Buzz will even tow a 1,000kg braked trailer up a 12% incline, so towing a small trailer or loading it up with bikes and holiday gear won’t be a problem, which bodes well for the California camper-van version VW has confirmed is coming.
Volkswagen ID. Buzz interior space, storage & comfort
The front seats (two for the MPV and three for the Cargo van) are very comfortable and give a great view of the road ahead. For now, every ID. Buzz comes with just five seats, although extended wheelbase and seven-seater versions will arrive in 2023. That’s made obvious by the provision of armrests and cup holders behind the second row of seats, despite no seats being fitted back there.
Access to the rear seats is made much easier by twin sliding side doors, which make exiting the vehicle in tight car park spaces no issue whatsoever. It’s a shame that the three seats aren’t individually moveable, though, and that ISOFIX child-seat mounting points are only fitted on the outer two seats. Plus, the rear windows don't open at all, and there are no vents for rear passengers.
For outright carrying capacity, a Citroen e-SpaceTourer or Volkswagen’s own Multivan offer more load space than the ID. Buzz, but its 1,121-litre boot is far more than any SUV or estate car. With the middle row folded, luggage space almost doubles to 2,205 litres. The second-row seats do create a small lip so the boot floor isn’t completely flat; but that’s solved by the raised boot floor you can pick from the options list. While this slightly reduces overall capacity, it does create a small underfloor storage area in which to hide valuables or stash the charging cables.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe ID. Buzz combines funky styling, a functional cabin and refinement to create a unique electric family car – and a particularly pricey one at that
- 2Range, battery & chargingA solid range of over 250 miles for all ID. Buzz models is paired with 170kW rapid charging speeds that top anything VW has offered before
- 3Running costs & insurancePrices may be high but zero road tax and a decent length warranty are always appealing
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt’s not quick, but a comfortable ride and good refinement are exactly what you want from an electric family car
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentFit and finish are a step up from the rest of VW’s current EVs, but the sub-par infotainment stands out is one of the Buzz’s few weak points
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingIt’s not the largest MPV on sale, but the ID. Buzz is still a very family-friendly machine
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Volkswagen ID. Buzz scored the full five out of five in Euro NCAP's crash testing