Volkswagen ID. Buzz review: reliability & safety rating
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz scored the full five out of five in Euro NCAP's crash testing
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2022)||92%||87%||90%|
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz was put through the rigours of the Euro NCAP crash test procedure in December 2022 and came away with the maximum five-star overall rating. But that shouldn't be a surprise given the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 that share the ID. Buzz's platform also received top marks. In fact, every new VW tested since 2016 been awarded a five-star score.
Volkswagen ID. Buzz reliability & problems
In theory, the relatively simple powertrain in an electric car should minimise the chances of anything mechanical going wrong. However, Volkswagen’s latest infotainment system – as fitted to the ID. Buzz – has suffered some widely reported glitches.
None of Volkswagen’s electric cars featured in our 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey (the ID. Buzz is too new), but VW’s result isn’t exactly confidence-inspiring. It finished 18th out of 29 brands, with its in-car tech getting a hammering from owners. Reliability was rated similarly poorly, although the fact that 18.6% of all VW owners surveyed reported problems isn’t disastrous in itself.
As mentioned already, the ID. Buzz received the maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash-testing, scoring 92% for adult occupants and 87% for children. Every ID. Buzz gets adaptive cruise control that keeps a safe distance from the car in front, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, road-sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and a contact system for the emergency services.
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 & practicalityIt’s not the largest MPV on sale, but the ID. Buzz is still a very family-friendly machine
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe Volkswagen ID. Buzz scored the full five out of five in Euro NCAP's crash testing