New 2022 Volkswagen ID.5 and ID.5 GTX: everything you need to know

Nick Francis

03 Nov 2021

The third model in VW’s electric rollout, the ID.5 is a coupe version of the ID.4 SUV. The wraps have also come off a hotter GTX version. Here’s everything you need to know about the new 2022 Volkswagen ID.5.

> Volkswagen ID.5 unveiled

> Coupe version of ID.4 electric SUV

> Hotter all-wheel drive GTX version also revealed

> Up to 323 miles range from 77kWh battery

> GTX good for 6.3 seconds 0-62mph time

> Prices expected to start around £40,000

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2022 Volkswagen ID.5 design

Where the ID.4 follows a boxier, traditional SUV design, the ID.5 looks much sleeker with a coupe-style raked rear roofline that ends with a discreet spoiler on the boot lip. The A-pillars have been pulled forward to elongate the front windscreen, while the short front overhang gives the car a staunch stance. 

A similar effect is pulled off by the strip light which stretches across the width of the boot, giving the impression the car is wider than it actually is.

The ID.5’s smoothed off lines not only add a sporty dimension to the way it looks, but they also reduce drag, which is important on an EV that needs to eke out as much range as possible. Even the door handles are flush to help the ID.5 cut through the air with ease. 

Opting for the Design package when buying the regular ID.5 adds LED matrix lights, but they come as standard on the GTX model. According to VW the lights try to ‘make eye contact’ with the driver as they approach the car with the key, swivelling from one side to the other.

Wheels range in size from 19-inch to 21-inch, depending on the model and spec. 

2022 Volkswagen ID.5 interior and infotainment 

In terms of design, if you’re familiar with the ID.4 then you’ll recognise the clean lines and clutter-free layout of the ID.5. There are few physical switches, and the ones you can find are touch-sensitive

There’s also more fancy lighting going on in the cabin, which features ambient lighting on the dash, roof and footwell. It comes in 10 different colours on standard models while the GTX offers a choice of 30. 

The GTX gets bespoke seats which feature the GTX logo, but all models feature either textile or leatherette upholstery: no animals were harmed in the making of this car. Seats made using a material made from recycled bottles are an optional extra.

Behind the steering wheel is a 5.3-inch driver display which is controlled with touch-sensitive buttons on the three-spoke steering wheel. Bolted onto the side is the drive select rocker switch, freeing up the centre console for cupholders and storage space.

The 10-inch infotainment system is standard throughout the range and features all the usual bits and bobs, such as navigation and media. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard, for those who prefer the functionality of their smartphone. 

In other VW’s we have found the system a bit fiddly, and the same goes for the touch-sensitive climate controls beneath the screen. And it certainly doesn’t look as impressive as the system found in the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which uses a Tesla-esque large portrait screen. 

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2022 Volkswagen ID.5 practicality and boot space 

Just like the ID.4, the ID.5 is a spacious and practical SUV that benefits from the flat-bottomed design unique to electric cars. 

With the back seats folded flat ID.5 owners will have 1,561 litres of boot space, and when they’re up it’s a generous 549 litres. That comfortably beats rival cars like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and BMW iX3. It’s even slightly bigger than the ID.4. 

The long centre console in the front not only has a lot of room to tidy away typical clutter like keys, wallets and phones, but the drink holder section can be moved into the perfect position for the driver and passenger. 

Using the ID.4 as a guide legroom in the back should be decent, big enough for two tall passengers to travel comfortably. As you would expect, headroom is slightly less than it is in the ID.4 due to that sloping rear roofline, VW says it loses 12mm in total. 

2022 Volkswagen ID.5 battery, motors and range

Including the hot GTX model, from launch there are three power outputs to choose from. At the entry is the ID.5 Pro which uses a single 174hp motor positioned on the rear axle, like the ID.4 and smaller ID.3 hatchback. This version does 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds.

Move up to the ID.5 Performance and power jumps to 204hp, also sent to the back wheels, and the 0-62mph sprint is nibbled to 8.4 seconds.

The GTX uses two motors, one on each axle, which not only means it will offer superior grip but it also produces a healthy 299hp. It can dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in 6.3 seconds, which is as nippy as a decent hot hatch, and continues onto a top speed of 112mph.

All versions are powered by a 77kWh battery, which in the regular models can cover 323 miles on a single charge. That’s less than the entry Mach-E’s claimed 379 miles, but around the same as the Skoda Enyaq and the ID.4.

Because of its higher power output and dual motors, the same battery is good for 298 miles of range in the GTX.

The ID.5 supports up to 135kW charging, which means it’s possible to replenish 240 miles of range in just 20 minutes, or 200 miles in the case of the GTX. On a 7kW home charger a full top-up will take around 12 hours.  

Volkswagen’s own home charger offers some useful functions, including the ability to charge the car during periods when power is cheaper and, when the infrastructure is in place, feed unneeded power back into the grid, further saving money. 

2022 Volkswagen ID.5 prices and on-sale date 

Prices are yet to be announced for the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX, but we expect them to start around the £40K mark and rise to around £50,000 for the ID.5 GTX. 

It will go on sale very soon with first deliveries expected early 2022. 

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Nick Francis

03 Nov 2021