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After the compact

ID.3

(called to be the successor to the

Golf

) and the global SUV

ID.4

, Volkswagen has just presented the

ID.5

, its third genuinely electric model (that is, born from the beginning as such) and, more specifically, the coupe version of the second of those models.

Like them, it is based on the

modular electric propulsion platform (MEB)

, from which

seven 'battery-powered' models

of all the group's brands have already come out.

To the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 we must add the

Audi Q4 e-tron

and

e-tron GT

, the

Skoda Enyaq iV

and

Enyaq Coupé iV

(first cousins ​​of the ID.4 and ID.5), in addition to the

Cupra Born

, the 'Spanish' version of the ID.3.

'Normal' version and the GTX

The Volkswagen ID.5 is a model with

a premium design and finish

that points to the top of the electric segment, with the

Tesla Model Y

, the Audi Q4 e-tron, the

BMW iX3

and the

Mercedes-Benz EQC

as market references.

You only have to see the price of the access version (

from 50,020 euros

) to realize that the ID.5 aspires to a more select clientele than usual for the brand.

Even more so if we talk about the

ID.5 GTX

, the sportiest and most performance version (available in Spain

from 57,000 euros

).

This is exactly the version that we have just tried on the roads of the Austrian region of

Salzburg

, near the border with Germany and at the foot of the Eastern Alps.

It has impressed us with its

performance, dynamism, ride quality and cabin soundproofing

.

Although it uses the same

77 kWh battery as the

174 hp Pro and 204 hp Pro Performance

versions

, the GTX has

two electric motors

(one per axle) that provide

four-wheel drive

, a total output of

299 hp

and a torque of

460 Nm

which is available almost instantly, allowing you to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds.

Benefits

The weight of the set is high (

2,242 kg

) and the position of the battery under the passenger compartment gives the vehicle a

very low center of gravity

, as well as

poise

and

stability

that convey

confidence when driving

.

The maximum speed of

180 km/h

is electronically limited, which seems to us to be

a success in trying to improve road safety

(the Pro and Pro Performance versions are limited to

160 km/h

).

With these attributes, the ID.5 GTX promises an

electric range of 490 kilometers

(

514 km

in the less powerful versions) with an average consumption of

17.1 kWh/100 km

, although during the test we did not get below an average of

19 kWh/100 km

, which would reduce the effective range to just

under 450 km in real driving conditions

.

Power and charging time

The good news is that, thanks to state-of-the-art

3.1 software

, the ID.5's 77 kWh battery can be charged at a maximum of

135 kW

, and not 125 kW like the ID.3 or ID.4.

This saves us up to nine minutes to charge

from 5 to 80%

in any DC fast charging station.

According to Volkswagen, with this charging speed, the ID.5 Pro and Pro Performance take

29 minutes

to achieve a range of 390 kilometers, while the ID.5 GTX takes

36 minutes

to recover 320 km.

In alternating current, the maximum charging power reaches

up to 11 kW with a fixed Wallbox

installed in the garage at home or at work.

Design and dimensions

On the outside, the ID.5 is very similar to the ID.4, except for

the sloping roofline on the C-pillar

that gives it that characteristic coupé silhouette so appreciated in SUVs and provides a

more sporty and dynamic appearance

.

In addition, the GTX version is finished off at the rear by a discreet

rear spoiler

that does not protrude from the dimensions of the car and also accentuates the sportiness of the model.

The

wheel arches

are also larger and house

wheels from 19 to 21 inches

.

Otherwise, the ID.5 has virtually identical dimensions to the ID.4 (almost

4.6 meters long by 1.85 wide and 1.6 high

with a wheelbase of almost 2.8 meters).

Inside

Inside, the main (and almost only) difference from the ID.4 is the

screen of the infotainment system

, which in the ID.5 is larger and reaches

12 inches as standard

.

Like all electric Volkswagen models, the SUV coupé is equipped with the

ID as standard.

Light

, a band of light located under the windshield that communicates with the driver by turning on and changing color in case of danger or during navigation.

In addition, it offers an optional

Head-up-display

with augmented reality and voice control.

equipment

The infotainment package includes

navigation

and

We Connect Plus

services with

online traffic information and route calculation

so that the system can plan charging stops on its own without the driver having to do calculations.

In addition, as a novelty of the latest generation 3.1 software, the ID.5 incorporates the most advanced driving assistance systems such as

Travel Assist

with real-time traffic data and the new

Park Assist Plus

with memory function so that the car

park only in the garage

.

The driver only has to park once and save the parking maneuver so that the vehicle learns it for future times.

The upholstery materials vary depending on the version, but they are all

free of animal products

.

As for the seats, they are very comfortable and support the body well, especially in the GTX version, which offers a combination of textile and synthetic leather for the upholstery, made in part from recycled materials.

Much space

Despite the greater slope of the roof,

the cabin is as spacious as that of the ID.4

and is comparable to that of a conventional SUV of a higher segment.

The

rear row seats

three average-sized adults without compromising head, shoulder or leg room.

In addition, the

absence of the transmission tunnel

in the ground means that traveling in the center is not as uncomfortable as in an internal combustion vehicle.

Finally, depending on the position of the rear seat backrests,

the boot has a capacity of between 549 and 1,561 litres

.

Optionally, an electrically operated tailgate and an electrically retractable tow hook are available.

Prices for Spain

The Volkswagen ID.5

is already on sale in Spain

and the first deliveries will be made during the month of May.

The price of the 174 hp Pro access version

,

rear-wheel drive and up to 514 km of autonomy

is

priced at

50,020 euros

without discounts or campaigns, although with offers and the aid of

the Moves III Plan

(7,000 euros if an old car is scrapped ) the final price can approach

40,000 euros

, which is not bad for an electric vehicle like the ID.5.

The

204 hp Pro Performance

version , also with rear-wheel drive and 514 km of autonomy, is available from

51,600 euros

, while the

GTX

version that you see in the images is priced at

57,000 euros

without discounts or aid.

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