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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

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The factory that builds the Volkswagen ID.5 operates on renewable energy and Volkswagen offsets any ‘unavoidable’ carbon emissions, meaning the ID.5 is officially carbon neutral, so it’s off to a good start in terms of its eco-friendly credentials.

The ID.5 is more expensive than the ID.4 because it gets the larger 77kWh battery as standard. 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 the standard model achieves up to 342 miles between charges.

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The GTX returns up to 328 miles, but its battery will deplete much faster if you take advantage of its improved performance. It’s worth noting that these range figures have been massively improved since the ID.5 first launched – beforehand, the standard model could achieve between 311 and 313 miles, while the GTX got a figure of up to 296 miles.

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 this 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.

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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.

VED (road tax) is free until 2025, 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

Insurance groups for the ID.5 have changed several times as the trim structure was updated and performance was increased, but it used to span from group 29 to 40 out of 50. For reference, the Ford Mustang Mach-E sits between groups 33 to 40 and the Kia EV6 sits in groups 33 to 45, so none of these models are particularly cheap to cover.

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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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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