Our 2022 Volkswagen ID 5 Review

By Libby Foster
Our 2022 Volkswagen ID 5 Review
If you're looking for an instant transformation, nothing surpasses a bold new look, just a few modifications can give you a new lease of life. Consider the Volkswagen ID 5 electric vehicle. It's essentially an ID 4 with a new cut to create a more sporty-looking coupé SUV. The ID 5 shares the same framework as the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, the Skoda Enyaq Coupé, and, of course, the VW ID 4. Unlike all the other vehicles, however, Volkswagen does not offer a less expensive version with a smaller battery: the only option is a sizable 77kWh unit.

So, how far can you go on a single charge of the ID 5? The official figure is 313 miles, which is close to the Tesla Model Y (315 miles) and far superior to the Volvo C40 Recharge (269 miles). You won't get that far in real life, and how eagerly you drive will influence the actual range. In that regard, the ID 5 is available in three power levels, ranging from fairly mild to hot-hatch rapid. So is the Volkswagen ID 5 a good choice or are there more superior electric SUVs out there?

Volkswagen ID 5 Drive

Your Volkswagen ID 5 can have 172bhp, 201bhp, or 295bhp. The 201bhp Pro Performance's official 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds is adequate for most situations, but it appears to lack the immediate punch of the Kia EV6 RWD or the Tesla Model Y Long Range.

The GTX has two electric motors, which gives it more power and four-wheel drive. The acceleration off the line is fast, and it feels every bit as quick as the 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds would imply. However, the significantly faster Model Y Performance (3.5sec) and Volvo C40 Recharge (4.7sec) would outrun this performance-oriented model in a single direction. The ID 5 Pro and Pro Performance both have the same 77kWh battery, giving them the same range of 313 miles. Due to the weight penalty of having four driven wheels, the GTX's range is reduced to 296 miles. 

Even in GTX form, the ID 5 isn't an exciting car to drive, but it's composed and competent by class standards. As you begin to turn into a corner, for example, the steering is progressive and easy to judge where the nose is heading. It's a little heavy after a quarter-turn, but it won't strain your arms in a crowded parking lot.

Volkswagen ID 5 Interior 

Let's start with the highlights. The driver's seat of the Volkswagen ID 5 is accommodating, especially through corners, and adjustable lumbar support is standard on all models. The steering wheel extends well for both height and reach, and the capsule for the digital instruments moves with it so that the display is always visible. The single foldable armrest connected to the driver's seat is also a nice touch. Yes, it's not as comfy as the larger centre armrest found in the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback or Tesla Model Y, but it's adequate.

Unfortunately, usability is where the ID 5 falls short. There are no physical buttons, and the touch-sensitive control systems on the steering wheel are difficult to use and easily activated by accident. It's a similar tale with the air conditioning: the touch-sensitive settings for temperature settings are a pain, and they're not backlit. That means you won't be able to use them correctly at night.

Volkswagen ID 5 Space 

There are cars with slightly more front legroom and larger interiors than the ID 5, but it isn't lacking in space. In reality, even though it isn't the largest car in the class, it's still suitable for people over six feet tall. Storage space is also beneficial. There are large door bins, trays and cubbies in the centre console, and a glovebox (though it is not large).

The ID 5 differs significantly from its Volkswagen ID 4 stablemate in the back. The coupé silhouette and low, sloping roofline of the ID 5 significantly reduce rear headroom, as does the addition of the standard-fit panoramic roof. As a consequence, those over six feet tall will find their hair brushing against the headlining. While the middle seat has a flat floor (no awkward hump to straddle), it has even less headroom than the outer seat. As a result, if you plan on transporting tall passengers on a semi-regular basis, we recommend considering a Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6, or a regular ID 4.

Surprisingly, the ID 5 has a slightly larger boot than the regular ID 4. In theory, the ID 5 should be able to stomach nine carry-on suitcases (the same as the ID 4), which is two more than the Ford Mustang Mach-E, EV6, and Ioniq 5.


The Volkswagen ID 5 is a good all-arounder with a lot of features, a good range, and an excellent safety rating. Rivals such as the ID 3Genesis GV60, Kia EV6, Tesla Model Y, and Volvo C40 Recharge, on the other hand, are faster, intelligent inside, have much better infotainment systems, and require less time to charge.

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*All pricing is correct at the time of publishing