The transformation of tradition into an electric future. We tested the Volkswagen ID.Buzz

In the future, other versions will be added, including one with an extended body, larger and smaller battery capacities, there will be more seats in the interior than the current five, as well as other electric motor performance. So far, however, in Denmark and Sweden, during the international press driving presentation, I was able to try a car that was powered by a 150 kW power unit and was supplied with energy by a battery with a capacity of 77 kWh.

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According to the manufacturer, the range in WLTP mode is between 403 and 424 kilometers, depending on the selected equipment, and in the commercial version (I had the opportunity to test it here too) 393 to 426 kilometers.

I tried to verify the legitimacy of this statement and in the Danish weather, which is relatively cold for this time of year, I recorded consumption values ​​between 19-21 kWh per hundred kilometers on individual test routes. In practice, this means a realistic range of over 350 kilometers, and achieving the promised “four hundred” is not completely unrealistic.

The interior of the ID.Buzz is quite thoughtful, as befits and belongs to a spacious family car. All seats sit high, which gives the crew a good view and is easy to get in and out of.

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I tried the specimen in yellow and white. The upholstery of some parts of the interior also corresponded with the body color. For example, on seat upholstery, seat lining and on the entire width of the dashboard. It looks great, especially when the side silhouette of the car is molded into the plastic here and there.

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The only slightly unpleasant surprise from the driver’s point of view was that you can’t get a head-up display even for an extra charge.

On the contrary, I liked that the transmission control was moved from the side of the small display located behind the steering wheel to the lever on the right of the steering column. It’s definitely more comfortable. Only the wiper control has been moved to the turning light switch, which takes some getting used to. There are plenty of storage spaces and I found several “smart” solutions. For example, an ice scraper that can be used as a partition in the box between the front seats or a small shelf to put the key to the left of the steering wheel.

There is plenty of legroom in the second row of seats. However, it can be reduced (and thus, on the contrary, increase the size of the trunk) by moving one or both parts of the rear bench forward by fifteen centimeters. The absence of a ventilation window in the side sliding doors may bother some.

The trunk is really big. Holds over one cubic meter of cargo. There are flip-up bag hooks on the sides and I even found cutouts for attaching some plastic angles. These have a Velcro fastener on the underside and, as with some Škoda models, they can be used to anchor smaller items to the boot floor.

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The tested “piece” was also equipped with an additional platform in the trunk. Thanks to it, when the backrests of the seats in the second row are folded down, a plane is created on which two adults can sleep without any problems. I verified this using my 186 cm tall figure.

Although the engine is located at the back, I was still interested in what was hidden behind the front logo. After pulling the lever at the driver’s left foot, the plastic part of the bow folds down. However, there is no additional front luggage compartment, as it cannot be created on the used MEB platform. You will only open this cover, which is secured with a textile belt, when the windshield washer fluid tank runs out.

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Speaking of this piece. It is also available heated, but only with the use of pressed-in resistance wires. This solution (in contrast to the invisible heating film used in other models of the concern) makes it difficult for the driver to see under certain outdoor light conditions.

Another small thing that will bother people with taller figures is the fact that, due to the high stance and relatively low windshield, they will have to lean out at intersections with traffic lights located above in order not to miss the green light.

The driving characteristics of both versions were in line with my expectations. This means that the ID too. Thanks to a decently powerful electric motor, the Buzz manages brisk starts and “floating” into the stream of vehicles when connecting from other roads. The chassis is tuned rather soft, which is certainly in line with the expectations of buyers of family cars. On the other hand, it doesn’t lean too much in corners and the nose doesn’t “dive” when the brake pedal is fully depressed.

Automatic deceleration in places where the camera warns of speed limit signs or in front of villages that the car knows about thanks to the built-in navigation worked well. In addition to the arrow on the driver’s display, the running light line under the windshield also warns of the appropriate moment to turn. This is otherwise a part of classic ambient lighting. The increased rate of recuperation (in a single step) can be set by turning the gear selector lever.

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If, for example, you need to maneuver in a parking lot, then you will definitely appreciate the ability of the front wheels to turn to an unusually large angle. The turning diameter is only 11.1 meters.

At highway speeds (the car can reach a top speed of 145 kilometers per hour), I have already noticed a fairly significant rolling noise penetrating the cabin.

I did not test the charging speed this time. ID.Buzz, however, should be able to recharge the battery with a power of up to 170 kW, which means that you can reach the limit of eighty percent of capacity after only half an hour of connection to the stand.

ID.Buzz will officially go on sale in the Czech market at the beginning of next year, although resale already started at the beginning of July.

According to the specified specification, the manufacturer assumes that the delivery time will be between six and twelve months from the order. Entry price ID. Buzz Pro is CZK 1,537,556 including VAT, utility ID. Buzz Cargo starts from 1,189,110 CZK without VAT.

The article is in Czech

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