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Volkswagen ID.5 SUV - Range, charging & running costs

All versions of the Volkswagen ID.5 manage around 300 miles on a charge, and fast-charging is included

Carbuyer Rating

3.9 out of 5

Range, charging & running costs Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Volkswagen ID.5 is more expensive than the ID.4 because it gets the larger 77kWh battery. It’s also costlier than an equivalent Kia EV6, and is close to the faster (albeit smaller) Volvo C40. The flipside to every ID.5 having a big battery is that every model achieves around 300 miles between charges.

The factory that builds the ID.5 operates on renewable energy and Volkswagen offsets any ‘unavoidable’ carbon emissions, meaning the ID.5 is officially carbon neutral.

Volkswagen ID.5 range & charging

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Officially, the standard ID.5s manage 311-313 miles, regardless of how powerful the motor is. In our drive of the Pro Performance variant, we were getting nearer to 250 miles, but gentle driving should boost that closer to 300 miles. The GTX returns up to 296 miles, but its battery will deplete much faster if you take advantage of its improved performance.

The ID.5 is capable of charging at speeds up to 135kW. That’s much less than the 350kW charging capability of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, but chargers that powerful are pretty much limited to various points on the motorway network. Charging up to 80% at 135kW will take just under half an hour, which equates to 62 miles of range being added in six minutes.

A full charge at a home wallbox will take considerably longer, but plug in at teatime and the car should be fully charged by the morning. Depending on your tariff, that should cost a lot less than a tank of fuel for the similarly sized Volkswagen Tiguan.

VED (road tax) is free, saving buyers around £500 a year compared to a £40k-plus petrol or diesel SUV. As with any electric car, business users stand to benefit from a minimal Benefit-in-Kind tax rate, which will slash your monthly tax bill if you’re coming from a conventionally powered car.

Insurance groups

The VW ID.5 starts in group 29 out of 50 for insurance, for the Tech trim level with the ‘Pro’ powertrain. Choosing the ‘Pro Performance’ version puts the ID.5 in group 33, while the GTX Max occupies group 40. That’s pretty similar to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6, which both have models in group 40.

Warranty

UK buyers get a decidedly average three-year warranty with a 60,000-mile cap during that time. The BMW iX3 and Mercedes EQC offer the same length of cover but without a mileage limit, but all of those are overshadowed by the Kia’s seven-year warranty and the Toyota bZ4X’s 10-year warranty (both with 100,000-mile limits). The Tesla Model Y has a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty.

Servicing

You can buy a Volkswagen ID. service plan that covers a service, MoT, a brake fluid change and a new pollen filter for around £350 or 12 monthly payments of around £30.

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