Volkswagen ID Test.5: Why you give up cheap ID.4 for it

Volkswagen ID Test.5: Why you give up cheap ID.4 for it


Since our first encounter with hidden id.5 in October 2021, we have been annoyed by the loss of good numbers. For example, the ID.5 badge would appear on a Volkswagen ID. Aero, a new electric sedan announced. Furthermore, by announcing the coupé version of the ID.4 as the ID.5, Volkswagen is also setting high expectations. The step from four to five is not nearly as big as that from id.3 to id.4.

External differences Volkswagen ID.5

The biggest changes to the exterior are undoubtedly the sloping roofline and slim spoiler. This makes the ID.5 look nicer and more stylish, but it’s also a big colossus. A hippie with a nice ass remains a hippie.

The coupe shape also makes the car lighter, reducing specific energy consumption from 17.2 to 16.9 kWh/100 km. It’s not an amazing save, but you don’t have to do anything for it. Well, you’re always looking at the spoiler in the rearview mirror. But it is thin and largely disappears behind the rear heads, so you get used to it quickly.

You also won’t hear passengers complaining about the 12mm of headroom they have to give up, because there’s plenty of room to move around. The roof of the ID.5 has a standard black color, with the ID.4 which will cost you an additional 660 euros.

Trunk Volkswagen ID.5 does not disappoint

The black roof is one of the things that Volkswagen spoils the ID.5 buyer a little more. The feeling you get when a piece of soft nougat is served with coffee, instead of hard biscuits. Other examples of opulence to choose from can be found in the interior. For example, the dashboard is plain brown and the navigation screen is always 12 inches. ID.4 plebs look at a 10 inch screen unless they take out their wallets.

Of course, Volkswagen is not doing this out of the goodness of its heart, but to justify the price difference between ID.4 and ID.5. The ID.5 Pro with 204 hp and 77 kWh costs 52,690 euros, while you pay 49,790 euros for the ID.4 with the same guts. That’s a price difference of 2900 euros. Is that worth it? Well, if you like ID.5 better than ID.4, like us. Other extras, such as a high-resolution dashboard with a large screen, are a nice bonus. As well as slightly lower power consumption.

In practice, it doesn’t matter which one you choose. The trunk of the ID.5 seems slightly larger (549 liters vs. 543), but as soon as you fold the rear seats, the ID.4 takes the lead again (1575 liters vs. 1561). Both electric SUVs weigh 1000 kg.

Rock-solid maintenance

Volkswagen ID.5 is as tough as ID.4. It weighs 2120 kg, of which 494 kg of battery ensures grip on the rocky road. And although you feel the car is big and heavy, it still runs to 100 in 8.4 seconds. Fast enough to outrun other road users, but don’t give your passengers a heart attack.

The steering is light and predictable, so the coupe SUV changes direction exactly as you intend. The comfortable undercarriage is strong enough to prevent annoying swelling. Our test car stands on 21-inch light steel (!), but the only thing that does not please us about it is that the large aerodynamic wheels look a little stupid. Volkswagen offers the ID.5 with 19-inch wheels as standard. Exactly the same as ID.4.

An oddly set ‘auto’ option, we’ll appreciate more and more. Because it’s integrated into the device, you’ll have everything you need to control the car close to the steering wheel. As long as you look in that area, you won’t notice that the ID.5 also has those annoying sliders for temperature and volume. And they still don’t glow in the dark, whereas such a subtle upgrade would be a perfect match for the ID.5.

Conclusion

2900 euros is a big extra cost, but I would be willing to pay for it. The coupe-like roofline preserves the electric SUV’s unmistakable design. That you also get a black roof, brown dashboard and large touchscreen is a bonus. The smooth and predictable driving characteristics are known costs and still appeal to me. Apart from the sliders on the dashboard, I am satisfied.