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Volkswagen ID. Buzz review - Range, charging & running costs

The ID.Buzz is expensive to buy, but ultra-fast charging is a welcome addition

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The ID. Buzz uses battery packs familiar from the rest of the ID range, but its large size and extra eight means range figures are slightly down on smaller models like the ID.3 hatchback. Still, it should be possible to drive further than most would want to in a single day behind the wheel, and the Buzz can charge quickly.

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VW is also making a big deal about sustainable production; you won’t find any leather in the ID. Buzz, and some of its upholstery is made from recycled bottles and plastics recovered from the ocean. Volkswagen has also committed to taking back the batteries at the end of their life, so they can be repurposed – in applications like home energy storage – or recycled.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz range & charging 

The standard Volkswagen ID. Buzz launched with a 77kWh battery pack, but this is increased to 79kWh for 2024. According to the official WLTP figures, this gets up to 291 miles of range, up from the original 257 miles. 

Volkswagen has also introduced a long-wheelbase variant of the ID. Buzz which has room to incorporate a larger 86kWh battery. As a result, its range doesn’t differ too far from the standard wheelbase model, so it’s capable of up to 283 miles to a charge.

In standard form, the ID. Buzz can manage up to 185kW at a suitable public chargepoint, while 86kWh battery versions can charge at speeds of up to 200kW. That means charging the smaller battery from 10-80% will take just under half-an-hour in either guise. giving the MPV significantly longer legs if you don’t mind taking a break. 

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Despite its size and number of seats, the ID. Buzz’s electric powertrain means it’s exempt from VED (road tax) until the rules change in 2025, after which it will cost £10 annually. It also falls into the most affordable Benefit-in-Kind company car tax band, making it all the more appealing for businesses and company-car drivers. The exemption for EVs from the £40,000 expensive car supplement is also due to end in 2025, however, so ID. Buzz buyers will have to pay an additional £410 on top of road tax from the second year until the sixth year of the car’s life.

Insurance groups

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz sits between groups 31 and 33 out of 50, so it’s not the cheapest car to insure. It’s still to be seen, but the upgrades to a more potent motor and larger battery, not to mention the hot GTX could see the ID. Buzz ending up in higher groups, though these are yet to be confirmed.

Servicing

There are far fewer serviceable parts on an electric car, which doesn’t have spark plugs, a clutch or cambelt, let alone any engine oil. This should make the ID. Buzz cheaper to maintain than a Volkswagen Multivan, but the braking system, climate control and other systems still need checking and maintaining. We expect the Buzz will need servicing the same amount as the ID.4, which requires a visit to the dealership every two years.

Warranty

Volkswagen covers all of its models for three years/60,000 miles, but the ID. Buzz should also benefit from a longer eight-year/100,000-mile battery cover, to reassure buyers wary of the new technology failing prematurely.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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