Volkswagen ID.5 GTX test: should we prefer this high-end version?

After the ID.4, the Volkswagen ID.5 offers a new design alternative for electric car enthusiasts. It was at the wheel of the GTX finish, the most powerful version, that we went to discover this news.

The Volkswagen ID.5 is the third version of the ID series, which brings together the German manufacturer’s 100% electric vehicles. Behind this name we discover a coupé SUV whose receding roofline registers the model in the trend of the moment.

In addition to its design, the test drive of the VW ID.5 allows you to discover the latest developments in built-in technologies from the manufacturer. It is also an opportunity to decide: does the GTX version really give a plus to this model?

A welcome update to the software embedded in the ID.5

The ID.5 is the first model to use the latest generation of embedded software in version 3.0. This new version integrates several additional functions in the form of driving aids with:

  • Travel Assist 2.5, with data exchange and lane change assistance,
  • Park Assist Plus with memory function.
Volkswagen ID. 5 // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

If the automatic lane change is a plus for achieving advanced autonomous driving functions, the system still needs to be perfected. It must be said that these functions are currently severely limited by EU regulations.

On the other hand, the “Park Assist Plus” function excited us. We know all the features that help locate and then park the vehicle in a traditional parking lot. This news continues. It is used to remember a set of maneuvers to reproduce them identically each time the function is activated. If you need to perform several manipulations to park your car in your yard or garage, the car will be able to reproduce this maneuver identically without you having to act. It’s still a bit of a gimmick for some, but for those who aren’t always comfortable with a 4.60m vehicle, it’s a welcome update.

Volkswagen ID. 5 // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

This new generation of embedded software has made it possible to optimize the charging power. It has also improved the smart electric route planner to better account for charging options on long journeys.

Finally, the ID.5 has made progress with the augmented reality head-up display (optional for €1,450) and with the voice commands available with the “hello ID” assistant.

Design: a bit more of the ID.5 compared to the ID.4

ID.5 is not really a revolution compared to ID.4. The few striking differences in this SUV Coupé version make it a model with a more distinct look. The front end, the rear spoiler, the lights and this roof line clearly give the ID.5 more character. It is a model that is slightly sportier in appearance, while the ID.4 could recall the minivan style of recent years.

The back of the ID.5 GTX // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

The falling roof does not affect the habitability of the model. The ID.5 is also 1.5 cm longer than the ID.4 SUV. Its trunk even pays for the luxury by bringing 6 liters more capacity in this Coupé version. It offers families a boot space of 549 litres, with the option to fold the rear seat back to achieve up to 1,561 liters for occasional extra storage.

VW ID profile. 5 GTX // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

The GTX finish plays on a few elements of the exterior design, but the game of the 7 differences will especially be within reach of the most initiated. Ultimately, it is mainly inside that the difference is most noticeable.

Inside, the GTX finish is more rewarding

Taste and colors are indisputable, but the choice of interior in the ID range has always left us skeptical. Materials, choice of fittings and colors are not appealing. The ID.5 does not differ from the ID.4 on the matter of the interior, the two models offer exactly the same service.

Interior of the Volkswagen ID. 5 GTX // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

In the GTX finish, the difference is minimal, but the trim on the dashboard with its red stitching is somewhat reminiscent of what the brand has gotten us used to in its old models. There’s still one mystery to be solved, though: why did you choose navy blue for the red-edged elements on our test model? We seem to subscribe to the same unlikely color associations we encountered during our testing of the ID.4.

From the back seats of ID. 5 // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

Otherwise, there are always comfortable seats and plenty of space on board. The model also keeps the same sleek environment, but with perfect ergonomics, with a small 5.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel and a central 12-inch infotainment screen.

Motorisation and road behaviour: not always in favor of the GTX finish

The GTX finish is not equivalent to a GTI in an electrified version. If you are looking for a sportier model, you may be disappointed. The ID.5 GTX offers more power with 299 hp in four-wheel drive, but you won’t find more sensations in dynamic driving. Above all, the brake will not allow you to manage a more sporty approach very calmly.

Driving VW ID. 5 // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

The ID.5 GTX, on the other hand, benefits from good traction and better acceleration out of corners thanks to its front engine. If the driving pleasure is a little higher, the propulsion versions of the Pro Performance finishes are not far behind. Unlike IDs. 5 Pro, the GTX version loses the advantage of a particularly small turning radius for its size due to the presence of the front engine.

With the active suspensions, our test model gave us better comfort on board, although the whole thing remains quite firm. However, we do not recommend sport mode on deteriorated roads, as it can shake the family on board a little too much.

on small roads with ID. 5 GTX // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

Autonomy and recharging of the ID model. 5

The different versions of the ID.5 all rely on the 77 kWh battery. The announced autonomy of the Pro version is 513 km, while the GTX version only offers 489 km of autonomy.

If the consumption is much lower than during our test of the ID.4, carried out under particularly unfavorable weather conditions, it remains a priori difficult to easily lower the average consumption below 20 kWh/100 km. The GTX version doesn’t look better in this exercise, but it’s not bad either.

Volkswagen ID. 5 in Ionity charge // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

On the other hand, if the ID.5 GTX uses more, it is able to recharge a bit faster. It accepts a direct current (DC) load of up to 150 kW, while the pro version is limited to 135 kW. The 11 kW built-in charger for AC charging is identical on both versions.

Price positioning and competition

Like its fake twin the ID.4, the Volkswagen ID.5 offers an interesting alternative for families. Its biggest competition is ultimately within the brands from the same group: Skoda Enyaq iV coupe and Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback, which offer similar models at similar prices. Other novelties may also appeal to families, such as the Toyota bZ4X or the Nissan Ariya.

In its GTX version, the ID.5 starts from €59,250, but to have all the equipment from our test version, it is necessary to add more than €10,000 of options. The Pro version is marketed from €52,550 and can benefit from a €2,000 bonus in certain configurations.

The verdict

After our tests, the Volkswagen ID. 5 leaves a noticeably better impression than the ID.4 both in terms of design and on-board technology, which it is the first model to benefit from. For the rest, it is in all respects identical to the rest of the range, and in particular the family SUV version ID. 4. The ergonomics take some time to get used to, but once you get past that, it’s easy to settle in. We can make the same criticism of the interior styling and certain materials used, although the GTX version that we tried, made it a little better. To make full use of ID’s technological possibilities. 5, more expensive options will need to be added during configuration. The price positioning of the model is certainly what will punish it in the face of the increasingly widening competition.

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