The battle against Tesla continues.
Volkswagen's electric ID.-branded family continues to expand with the debut of the new ID.5, a stylish coupe SUV version of the popular ID.4 crossover. But unlike the ID.4, the ID.5 will initially only be sold in Europe - VW has no plans to bring it to America. Although it shares the same MEB platform and dimensions as the ID.4, the ID.5 looks sportier thanks to its sloping roofline and larger trunk spoiler. Volkswagen's first-ever electric coupe SUV is available in three trims: Pro, Pro Performance, and the performance-focused GTX.
Both the Pro and Pro Performance utilize a rear-mounted electric motor generating 172 hp and 229 lb-ft and 201 hp/229 lb-ft respectively. 0-60 mph in the Pro takes 10.4 seconds, while the Performance version will do the same sprint in 8.4 seconds. Top speed is capped at 99 mph in both models.
Topping the range, the ID.5 GTX has an AWD dual-motor setup producing a combined 295 hp, allowing the coupe SUV to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in 6.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 112 mph.
All ID.5 trims are powered by a long-range 77 kWh battery. Based on Europe's WLTP test cycle, the Pro Performance offers up to 323 miles of range on a single charge thanks to its low 0.26 drag coefficiency, while the GTX has a slightly lower range of 298 miles. Using a fast-charging station, the battery can be recharged up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes at a speed of up to 135 kW.
Despite its coupe-style roofline, rear headroom in the ID.5 has been reduced by only 0.4 inches compared to the ID.4. With the rear seats up, the ID.5 offers 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space and 55.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
As you would expect, this makes the ID.5 less practical than the ID.4, which offers 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 64.2 cubic feet with them folded down. Like its ID.4 sibling, the ID.5 GTX is distinguished with sporty styling cues such as a more aggressive front bumper and a unique lower grille.
Inside, interior technology from the ID.4 carries over, including an optional augmented reality head-up display six-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 12-inch central touchscreen for the infotainment system running the latest ID. software 3.0 with natural voice control. There is also a choice of up to 30 colors for the interior's ambient lighting. Pricing has not been announced, but the ID.5 will go on sale in Europe in Q1, 2022.