Volkswagen ID. Buzz running costs & insurance
Prices may be high but zero road tax and a decent length warranty are always appealing
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|TBC||Three years / 100,000 miles||TBC||From £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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & insurance - currently readingPrices 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 & comfortFit 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 ratingThere’s no Euro NCAP rating for the ID. Buzz just yet, but previous ID-badged models have all got five-star scores