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Volkswagen ID.5 verdict

2022 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 53.3

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 19 December 2022 Updated: 19 December 2022

Should I buy one?

You might really enjoy the looks of the VW ID.5, but we can’t find many compelling reasons to opt for this electric SUV-coupe otherwise. To put it very simply, the price – especially of the higher trim levels – doesn’t reflect the ID.5’s moderate performance or uninspiring interior. As the firm’s flagship electric car at this time, it’s a little disappointing.

A Skoda Enyaq offers more space and a far nicer cabin, while the Kia EV6 has standout styling, a more dynamic drive and a dashboard that more effectively mixes form and function. Meanwhile, if you wanted prestige, you could opt for an Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron, while performance junkies could enjoy a Tesla Model Y or Ford Mustang Mach-E for a similar price.

If we seem rather down on the ID.5, it’s only a reflection of the strength of this car’s competition and how far electric SUVs have come in just a few short years. And it’s not as if this Volkswagen is without merit – it’s spacious for a coupe-SUV and offers a comfortable drive and long range as standard.

What we like

It’s a good looking and practical electric SUV. It really excels in comfort thanks to supportive seats and the battery tech seems good enough.

What we don’t like

It just doesn’t feel like a £50,000 car. The interior is pared back, but teamed with quite cheap feeling plastics. Under hard acceleration it can feel a lot slower than the competition too.