VW ID.5 electric SUV: new entry-level Style priced from £49,735

Published: 15 June 2022

► VW adds ‘cheaper’ all-electric ID.5
► Still costs from nearly £50k
► Full details of coupe SUV below

Volkswagen has added an entry-level Style model to the ID.5 range, which means this all-electric SUV coupe is now available for slightly less than £50,000.

The ID.5 Style trim can be chosen with every power output right up to the GTX, which brings even further confusion about whether the latter is supposed to be the equivalent of an electric GTI.

Give me more details about the VW ID.5 Style

The ID.5 Style Pro (172bhp, 316-mile driving range) is priced from £49,735 and the ID.5 Style Pro Performance (201bhp, 316 miles) is priced from £51,210, while the ID.5 GTX Style (295bhp, 300 miles, and yes Volkswagen does list it that way round) costs from £55,570.

As with all ID.5s, every Style model comes with VW’s largest 77kWh battery pack.

Volkswagen ID.5 Style electric coupe-SUV, rear view, driving

Standard equipment on the ID.5 Style includes three-zone air-conditioning, ‘art velours microfleece’ comfort seats, 12.0-inch infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors with park assistance plus, rear-view camera, keyless entry and go, panoramic glass roof and matrix LED headlights.

It shares the same 19-inch alloy wheels as the ID.5 Tech, and the standard paint finish is Moonstone Grey.

What you don’t get is satellite-navigation, proper climate control, or the augmented-reality head-up display.

What other ID.5 trim levels are there?

The existing line-up consists of the ID.5 Tech and the ID.5 Max – with the GTX model previously only available in Max and now Style specification.

Highlights of the upgrade to a Tech include 12-way electrically adjustable, heated front seats, three-zone Climatronic, sat-nav, surround-view camera system and a wireless phone charger. You also get some additional active driver-assistance tech, such as the augmented reality HUD, adaptive cruise and traffic jam assist.

Max models get 20-inch alloy wheels, sports seats with pneumatic lumbar adjustment, dynamic chassis control and progressive steering to make the driving experience a little edgier. Additional convenience features include a heat pump, exterior ambient lighting, electric tailgate with foot activation, and ‘advanced’ dynamic light assist for the matrix LED headlights.

What else do I need to know about the ID.5?

The ID.5 is essentially an ID.4 with a different roofline. Yes, the range of electric cars from Volkswagen wouldn’t be complete without a coupe-SUV so here it is. Park this and an ID.4 next to each other and you’d struggle to see the difference until you get to the rear end.

But VW says that’s what people want – coupe-SUVs are all the rage, so it was effectively a guarantee that one would join the range at some point.

VW says the ID.5 is sleek and smooth, with a drag co-efficient of 0.26. The sloping rear end has a small spoiler, while intricate rear LED lights have a 3D effect (again, like the ID.4’s optional rear lights). The GTX version has its own DRL signature and mildly more aggressive body kit.

id5 group

Even with the differing roofline, VW can claim a decent rear load area. The boot volume is rated at 549 litres, interestingly six litres more than the ID.4. However, that changes when you want to use all of the boot space with the seats down; the ID.5 can claim 1561 litres of total volume compared to the ID.4’s 1655. Regardless, you don’t lose a whole lot of luggage space even if you go for the slopier roofline’d ID.5.

I’d like some battery and performance specs, please

Every ID.5 comes with a 77kWh battery pack (unlike the ID.4 which also offers a 52kWh option) and three powertrain options: Pro, Pro Performance and GTX. Pro has a single 172bhp e-motor driving the rear wheels, sprints to 10.4 seconds to 0-62mph; Pro Performance ups that power to 201bhp and drops that sprint time 8.4 seconds; the GTX offers 295bhp from a motor on each axle and launches to 62mph in 6.3 seconds.

VW claims up to 316 miles driving range for the Pro and Pro Performance models, and 300 miles for the GTX variant.

Anything different… at all?

Other than the slight design changes, not really. Clever matrix LEDs and the augmented-reality head-up display are an option, and the ID.5 has an efficiency assistant that manages brake regeneration on the fly depending on your speed and what’s on the road ahead.

id5 interior

Every ID.5 has a max charging capacity of 135kW, allowing speedy charging times – VW claims that around 280 miles of range can be added in just half an hour.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches