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Volkswagen ID. Buzz running costs & insurance

Prices may be high but zero road tax and a decent length warranty are always appealing

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
TBCThree years / 100,000 milesTBCFrom £228 / £456

The ID. Buzz is far from the cheapest electric family car on the market today, with prices starting from over £57,000, rising to nearly £62,000 for the top-spec model. Meanwhile, the ID. Buzz Cargo kicks off from £38,125 excluding VAT – again, not the most affordable entry in the electric panel van class. 

Thankfully, low running costs should help make up for the steep price tag. Like all electric cars and vans, you pay zero road tax for the time being, company-car tax is much lower than for any petrol or diesel alternatives and even servicing should be relatively inexpensive as well. 

Volkswagen ID. Buzz insurance group

Unfortunately, we don’t know yet what insurance groups the ID. Buzz falls into, and considering it doesn’t have a direct sister model like the ID.3 and Cupra Born, it’s hard to gauge its potential insurance ratings. You can buy fixed-price insurance from Volkswagen, which won’t go up or down in price over the first three years, and you’re not tied into a contract so you can always change your cover if it becomes cheaper elsewhere later on.

Warranty

The ID. Buzz is covered by a three-year/100,000-mile warranty. You can even extend that if you wish via a one-off or monthly payment, but as is, it should provide you with plenty of coverage if you’re on a three-year finance deal. Meanwhile, the battery itself is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Servicing

Volkswagen hasn’t announced servicing intervals for the ID. Buzz just yet, but we expect it’ll follow the same fixed service schedule as the ID.3, which involves a simple inspection service after two years. From then on, it’s every year or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Either way, it should be generally cheaper to maintain and service than any combustion-engined alternative.

Road tax

As with all zero-emissions cars, the ID. Buzz doesn't attract any road tax. That may change in the near future as the number of electric cars on the road goes up, but for now it's one less bill to worry about. Electric cars also avoid the London Congestion Charge and enjoy only 2% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax for the next few years.

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