Volkswagen ID.5 test: another vision

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ID.5 is, above all, an evolution of ID.4, in front of which its submerged profile must be the choice of the most sensitive to design. Their size is very close with a difference of only two centimeters in length. Two-tone color, with black roof, standard in ID.5, such as LED lights and already very large 19-inch rim (20 and 21 inches as optional). Volkswagen remains relatively serious in terms of color, with King red or twilight blue for exterior and lunar gray, silver gray, ebony black or glacier white for calm. The orange phoenix or very glamorous green mamba on the Enyaq RS already shows a more unobstructed position in Skoda. Adding a crystal face to the check adds a more powerful feel, glamorous like “Show Off”, where Volkswagen logically takes only the ID.5 to its quiet, but still very familiar, light strip attaching to the front optics. A detail is provided not only as an alternative, but also through an expensive design pack (2,100 euros, standard on GTX), but it allows you to take advantage of intelligent matrix lighting or 3D effect rear lighting and dynamic indicators.

Moderation by default, unity in options

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The interiors offered by ID.5 Pro and Pro Performance by default are quite bold and basic (although the sporty GTX version gets a more attractive sporty trim but it is more expensive). To add a little charm to the colors and materials, you’ll want to check out the extra packs (from 1,175 euros) that provide brown Florence imitation leather, for example, or even a full white steering wheel. But here, too, Skoda has gone a little further with a very distinctive living room environment without necessarily examining all the options.

On the other hand, similar to many electrified models today, the man / machine interface is minimal, as evidenced by the small 5.3-inch digital screen posed as a mini-tablet and combines minimal possible information to encourage complementarity. Head up display. In another section, we saw the same argument in Citroën C5X. Citroën for which the control of the satellite’s ID.5 box behind the steering wheel should bring back some memories, since it is reminiscent of the 80’s Visa light control, isn’t it?
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity ID.5 standard, such as dual-zone air conditioner, heated front seat and steering wheel, folding mirror and ID light ambient light (which provides information about vehicle status and its environment)) Central 12 The -in TouchPad is also included by default and, if the latter proves to be quite comfortable to use, it has been shown to be sensitive to high temperatures during our tests, especially with an untimely restart.

With its submerged strands, the rear livability is necessarily less generous than an ID.4, especially at the window sill head, but will not pose a problem for people less than 1.80 m tall. The central space is absorbent, thanks to the absence or almost longitudinal tunnel, even if the rear heating block would have been more compact to get a little more space with the feet.

Unexpectedly, the boot capacity of the coupe, measured at 549 liters, is slightly larger than the ID.4 (more than 6 liters). A space that is not the deepest that has the presence of an electric motor just below it. Larger luggage would be a little harder to fit with logically submerged rear windows. We still fit 5 cabin suitcases, the equivalent of 2 large suitcases and accessories. 60/40 fraction of backrest, hook, 12V socket and ski hatch are standard.

Effective alternative for those concerned

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In addition to reversing cameras, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and park assist as standard, ID.5 offers the Assistance Plus Pack (1,750 euros) which increases all these features tenfold. Semi-autonomous driving thus uses the Car2X function to communicate with other vehicles equipped with it and thus ideally position the vehicle in the lane. ID.5 can manually manage lane change strategies (for example, for overtaking). A function especially seen in premium so far and which allows you to keep only 2 fingers on the capacitive steering wheel while letting the car do its work (which will definitely make sure to check the intimate environment before doing anything). In our view, however, the interest would be really justified the day it no longer needed to touch the steering wheel.

Intelligent Park Assist Plus goes one step further. This way it is possible to record up to 5 parking spaces, even unmarked (like a lawn space for example). Better yet, record a complete route up to the parking space for example such as the start of a dead end. We tested and even challenged this system by targeting for a pebble space that required boating on a carb and ID.5 performed the entire technique with serenity and precision. No more pain from scratched rims or shattered mirrors! However in previously registered areas.

150 kW recommended

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The ID.5 Pro and Pro Performance rear axle permanently excited synchronous motors develop 128 kW (174 hp) and 150 kW (204 hp), respectively. The first energy is sufficient for mainly urban use but, for travel, high calibration is essential. It is more comfortable for us to enter fast lanes and especially to overtake. Clearly, the GTX version’s 220 kW (299 hp) and all-wheel drive (the addition of an asynchronous motor to the front axle) eliminates the last possible frustrations, even if the model still does not fall into the category of electric vehicles. Which packs the vertebrae in acceleration.

This is the logically cool version that provides the best autonomy since the 77 kWh battery is common to all versions. That being said, the ID.5 Pro performance that we recommend demonstrates the same autonomy and cost as the smaller Pro models, covering 513km for 17.5 kWh / 100km. So it is beneficial to be in favor of the intermediate model. But whether the performance model or not, our mixed route has been rotated to normal driving, with about 400km (which is still a bit left to see) and somewhat higher costs around 20 kWh / 100km. Air-conditioning, which has been running high in the current summer heat, has probably had an impact here. Once empty, the ID.5 recharges 11 kW AC sockets at 7h30 (100%) and 29 minutes (5 to 80%) on a 135 kW DC socket (see 150 kW on GTX).

Recommended by DCC

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One of the first points that pleasantly surprised after entering the wrong path: the turning radius of ID.5 is exemplary. The width of a conventional dual carriageway is sufficient to make a U-turn. After being embarrassed to meet the disgruntled gaze of the press attache, the first angles showed an ID.5 that demanded some more direction on the wheel. This requires a lot of steering wheel angles to take the trajectory. Once this typing is adopted, ID.5 is not unpleasant to drive without showing a sporting attitude, which indicates its physical function. One might think that the GTX version is sharper at this level, but in reality, it is on top of the Sport Plus pack that must be checked (whatever the 1,300 euro version) to get out of a city car behavior and get closer to a city. The road, of course, if desired. The pack adds DCC piloted suspension and progressive steering which further makes ID.5 more responsive to instructions. It has better cushioning, rigidity by sport mode as well as flexibility by comfort mode. With the exception of the pack, with passive damp and large rims by default, the Germans really put a bit of a dent in the city’s barriers. Braking of ID.5 is quite satisfactory and changes between power recovery and disk friction. There are no pedals on the steering wheel to handle this regeneration, but a simple B mode that does not significantly affect driving.

The story of taste

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If you had to choose between a Volkswagen ID.5 and a Skoda Enyaq coupe iV, it would be a lot like choosing a tuxedo or blazer. A quieter one, allowing himself a few small single details but not going too far. The other is more shameless, allowing yourself a richer combination of materials. When it comes to electrical experience, it’s not night and day. To make a decision, it would be a matter of taste and sensitivity of some additional tools for the Germans.

Volkswagen ID.5 Pro version starts at 50,550 euros. The Pro Performance Edition, which we recommend, requires only 2,150 euros more for more versatile performance. However, adding the options mentioned in this test, we have a high GT-line finish at 58,490 euros, very close to the European electric model of the year, the Kia EV6. If Koreans benefit from an unbeatable rear seat, it doesn’t offer piloted suspension (excluding GT), or park assistance and advanced ACC options. For Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV, its price is still outstanding. We can imagine them being slightly inferior to Volkswagen, knowing that the Czechs benefit from the same technological advances. Lastly, keep in mind that since these prices are above 45,000 euros, the environmental bonus will be limited to 2,000 euros.

In short

Coupe SUV, we like it or we hate it. They still bring a hell of a dose of shoeboxes in a segment style. Most SUV manufacturers therefore need to have such a sexy model in their catalog. Within the Volkswagen Group, the Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV has already revealed its tempting assets and now it’s time to redefine the parent brand with another interpretation of a common ground. ID.5 bets on a more upmarket positioning and more rational style, thus targeting a wider client.

Florian Duchiron

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