Will the retro box be able to seat families in an electric car? First VW ID test. Buzz

For years, Volkswagen has been giving fans little by little information about the development of the ID electric van. Buzz, now we finally got a ride. It is one of the most anticipated electric cars of this year, a car that boasts several firsts. It is the longest electric car with the VW logo and the first purely electric MPV in the concern, which should soon also appear in a longer seven-seater version and in time also as a residence.

In the parking lot of Copenhagen’s multi-functional complex with restaurants, offices, conference halls and even a training center for driving schools, the most anticipated new electric car from the VW family stands densely in two rows. It is intended to satisfy those who need an MPV, which has slowly almost disappeared from the market, but in the spirit of the new battery-powered era.

id. Buzz is trying to do what the once infamous modern Beetle, who wanted to revive the beloved design of the legendary “beetle”. At that time, the sales did not succeed as the top managers at VW imagined, hopefully the new attempt will be more successful. The electric minivan has also bet on a retro look, it proudly claims the legacy of its ancestors, and this is evidenced by the beautifully renovated Type 2 Samba bus, which stands at the end of Copenhagen’s strudel of turquoise- or orange-white cars.

With its cheerful two-tone paintwork, the novelty refers to the past and plays on the right nostalgic note, the historic minibus is a car that you simply can’t help but love. What does the ID look like? Buzz in a basic monochrome paint job, we have no idea, a car like that hasn’t shown up here.

Copenhagen and its immediate surroundings is a smartly chosen place where ID could be. Buzz to introduce to journalists. It’s trendy and cool, full of cyclists and pedestrians, hipster cafes, interesting buildings and, above all, roads as straight as a pancake. The traffic here is quite dense and you can’t even drive faster. The speed limit on the highway is 110 km/h, only now and then it rises to 130 km/h.

And when we cross the Öresund Bridge, which finally connected Scandinavia with mainland Europe almost a quarter of a century ago, we find ourselves in Sweden, where it is not advisable to drive faster than 110 km/h. A significant violation can lead to imprisonment. And so with ID. We drive the Buzz in an orderly, calm manner, with consumption even significantly better than the charts promise.

“It is the most emotional electric Volkswagen that demonstrates the drive of the future,” Christian Buhlmann, VW Group press officer, praises the car at the presentation. As confident as these words are, it is true that ID. Buzz can be liked. A box that can win sympathy. It measures 4.7 meters in length, so it is the largest purely electric Volkswagen, yet it does not appear massive. The sister Audi e-tron surpasses it in length by 20 centimeters, the Porsche Taycan by a quarter of a meter. The wheelbase is comparable to the Volkswagen T6 Multivan in the short version.

After all, you can look at it exactly like this, either as a replacement for the Multivan, i.e. a personal van, or rather for the VW Sharan, a typical MPV. It is the first electric family “empévé” in the Volkswagen concern. It shares technology with sister electric cars ID.4 and ID.5, sits on the MEB modular platform for electric cars, which is used by cars across the entire concern, including battery-powered Škoda cars.

Therefore, the information about the electric drive is not surprising. id. Buzz has a battery with a usable capacity of 77 kWh stored in the floor and a 150 kW electric motor on the rear axle. It can travel 423 kilometers on a single charge, it is charged with a power of up to 170 kW, and it takes about half an hour to reach eighty percent of capacity.

So far, only the Pro variant in the five-seater version and the utility version Cargo are sold, more variants, including cheaper ones, will follow. First, the editors tried personal. The interior also looks great, VW is proud of the fact that not a single bit of animal skin was used in the interior. The artificial replacement does not have the exact shade of turquoise as the exterior paint, but the overall impression of the interior is very good, especially in the lighter shade and decor reminiscent of light wood. There is a fair amount of storage space, the box between the front seats is ingenious, and there are also comfortable armrests. However, we lacked a handle on the A-pillar that the driver and passenger could grab onto when getting in.

id. Buzz wants to transfer the charm of the legendary bus from VW. | Photo: Volkswagen

It sits comfortably in the second row, the sliding side doors are on both sides. USB connectors and drink holders were thought of. The seats can be moved and positioned as well as folded flat, VW also offers a mattress, so you can temporarily sleep in the car. In two years, the much-anticipated residential version should come on the market.

id. The Buzz will be sold in two lengths, so far we’ve only tried this short one. The extended one will offer seven seats. The shorter one will eventually be sold with six seats in a 2+2+2 configuration, but that didn’t appear at the presentation either. The rear part of the car is prepared for the multi-seater version, the drink holders are blinded for the five-seater.

The trunk is ID’s forte. Buzz. It offers a volume of 1121 to 2205 litres, transported objects can be up to 1.2 meters without two centimetres, and when the rear seatbacks are folded down, a 2232mm long can be loaded inside… a waste pipe for example. To keep the floor level when folded down, there is a screw-on plate under which two fabric drawers can be tucked to store charging cables. Nothing, even a small frunk, could fit under the front hood, it can only be opened so that the liquid can be poured into the washers.

Cargo has either three seats in the front or a conventional two. The dashboard is much simpler and spartan. | Photo: Eva Srpová

The Nordic bridge and the Viking ship

Although it looks like an ID. Buzz like a small van, behaves like a passenger car. This is greatly helped by the batteries in the floor and thus the low center of gravity, making it more stable in corners than a Multivan would be. It is addictingly easy to drive, which of course applies to all electric cars, and five praises for the silence in the cabin and the smoothness of the electric drive is like being surprised that an apple falls to the ground.

But it is no extra sprinter, the numbers prove it, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and has a maximum speed set at 145 km/h. But the question will be consumption, VW promises 20.5 to 21.7 kWh per 100 km. We didn’t have the opportunity to drive with a full load and fast on the highway, but at a leisurely pace at city speeds, through the Öresund strait with its artificial island, bridge and tunnel, and then on the way to the Roskilde Fjord to the Viking Ship Museum, we achieved a nice value of 16.9 kWh .

id. Buzz is on his way to success. The design is able to capture the heart, something that many electric cars have so far failed to do. It has a better chance of extracting the Immortal Charm of the Legendary Van. The fact that there aren’t many such cars on the market so far also plays into his favor.

Those who desire an MPV today must head to Ford, the Galaxy starts with a bargain price of a million. id. Buzz is currently only available in the better equipped Pro version for 1,537,577 crowns. But electric MPVs are few and far between, the only alternative to the electric Volkswagen is the Chinese Maxus Euniq 5, whose test you can read here.

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