Great looking design, featuring heritage design cues, impressive dimensions and all the modern bells and whistles, make the VW ID. Buzz one of the most refreshing reveals in the car world in recent years
The all-new VW ID. Buzz is released, to the joy of Volkswagen wagon fans worldwide. It’s an all-electric wagon that brings a dose of classic looks, an all-electric powertrain, all mixed in with a number of modern traits we’ve grown a custom seeing in cars these days. And it surely looks spectacular!
Jumping right into the most interesting aspect, the range, doesn’t reveal much. For now, the German carmaker hasn’t revealed its estimated driving range as of yet, but we can guess it will do a pretty decent amount of kilometres (miles) before running out of power. And by decent, we mean at least 350 kilometers (220 miles) per our own estimates. However, we’ll have to wait for Volkswagen to confirm those numbers.
Buzz will feature an 82 kWh battery (77 kWh net) for the initial European launch. It’ll provide power to a 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor with 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque. The motor is connected to the rear axle, making the launch ID. Buzz rear-wheel drive. In addition, we will see a greater range of battery options with differing power outputs made available next year. However, VW hasn’t yet revealed any specifics of what to expect.
For the more aggressive drivers out there, you might need to look elsewhere. The ID. Buzz isn’t a rocket ship. By any means. It’s only good for a top speed of 145km/h (90mph) and VW hasn’t revealed any 0-100km/h (0-62mph) times, meaning it’s probably going to be in 8+ seconds range by the look of things. This definitely isn’t a Tesla Model S Plaid, that’s for sure. But that’s not a bad thing at all, as it was never meant to be one from the start.
Dimensions and other details
For those looking at an elegant family cars with 2+2+2 seating (six seats) will undoubtedly be very disappointed. According to VW, the ID. Buzz will initially be offered in Europe in a five-seat configuration (two rows) only. While that sucks and we’re certain this will shun away a lot of potential buyers, VW says that a six-seater (housing three rows of two seats) on the standard wheelbase is slated for release at a later date. The extended wheelbase version will land in Europe somewhere next year and will be offered as a seven-seater, with a 2/3/2 configuration. There is also the Cargo variant, which is offered with either a driver’s seat and two-seat passenger bench upfront, or two individual seats.
Both the ID. Buzz and the ID Buzz Cargo measure 1,985 mm (78.2 in) wide, and 4,712mm (185.5 in) long — about 192 mm (7.6 in) shorter than VW’s T6.1 van. Both the ID. Buzz and the T6.1 share the same wheelbase of 2,988 mm (118 in) too. The ID. Buzz’s height is 1937 mm (76.3 in) for the passenger version and 1mm taller for the cargo variant due to differences in chassis. While we have no data on legroom, we’re pretty confident it will be good.
Design, Appeal and final conclusion on VW’s first all-electric passenger van
Design wise, this is a splending looking vehicle. It brings a lot of heritage design traits, but it mixes them well with modern design cues and details. The range is something we’re kind worried about, as this is a rather large and presumably heavy vehicle that will carry loads of passengers and their cargo. It’s a vehicle we’d definitely love to own and drive. However, we’ll probably wait on 100 kWh batteries and a bit more range and performance. But that doesn’t mean that this thing won’t sell and that we won’t be seeing them running around the roads of the world in great numbers. On the contrary, we definitely will.
You can grab a detailed look at the all-new VW ID. Buzz in the media gallery below. Drop us a note in the comments and give us your opinion on this EV as well.