VW ID Space Vizzion: Volkswagen's electric estate car is here

Published: 20 November 2019

► It’s a fully electric estate car
► VW ID Space Vizzion at LA show
 82kWh battery, 366-mile range

Here’s proof that Volkswagen’s ID range of electric cars has big ambitions: the new VW ID Space Vizzion is a conceptual look at how an EV estate car will join the ranks in 2021. It’s the seventh member of the rapidly swelling ID family, helping the German brand pivot away from the perilous waters of dieselgate.

Wolfsburg calls the EV estate a ‘gran turismo with the proportions of an SUV’ and this concept car previews the production version destined for Europe and North America. You read that right: VW has committed to a full electric estate car, due in a little over a year’s time.

Much as the new Golf Mk8 will continue to be sold alongside the ID 3 range in the sector below, so the Passat will soldier on in this class, alongside the electric saloon and estate car you see here. They’re big cars, at 4958 long and 1897mm wide – meaning the ID Space Vizzion packs a roomy 586-litre boot. This we like.

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Exactly. The MEB electrical architecture from the ID 3 hatchback underpins the Space Vizzion and packs in an 82kWh battery pack for a claimed 366-mile electric range on the latest European WLTP test cycle.

VW ID Space Vizzion electric estate car

As is now the norm with electric cars, it’s a wickedly fast wagon, too: VW quotes 0-60mph in 5.0sec, thanks to a big 205kW electric motor driving the rear axle. It’s abetted by a smaller 75kW motor up front, providing 4Motion all-wheel drive for all-weather traction.

Volkswagen is proud of how the slippery shape helps extend performance and range; with a drag coefficient of just 0.24, this is an unarguably smooth, aerodynamic design for such a big estate car. Note also the lift-up flap under the boot floor housing two electric skateboards for last-mile transport to your destination. 

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An LA auto show debut

Volkswagen regularly supports the Los Angeles motor show and the ID Space Vizzion is the brand’s showcase message at the 2019 expo.

Interior of VW ID Space Vizzion electric estate car

Strip away some of the sillier concept car cues – like the gargantuan 22-inch alloy wheels and illuminated VW badges – and you’re left with a silhouette that looks entirely do-able.

Will the organic AppleSkin leather substitute make it to production? Word is that Wolfsburg is working hard to make this naturally sourced upholstery using residuals from apple juice produciton feasible.

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet