VW ID.BUZZ STYLE: retro style is a visual winner

THEY say you never get a second chance to make a first impression – and what an impression Volkswagen’s ID.Buzz makes.

Whether in wacky, over-the-top garish colours or a more subtle metallic hue, it’s a car that has no rivals – because at present there’s not really anything else like it on the market.It’s been a much anticipated vehicle since since early iterations were shown some five years ago, but now you’ve got the opportunity to go out and buy a 21st century all-electric version of the legendary Type 2 microbus from the 50s and 60s – the latter figure ironically around the pricetag you’ll have to pay to own one.

For a sizeable vehicle, it’s as nimble as Darcey Bussell at her best, and as an exercise in how to make a box look cool, it’s got no rivals.

Compared to the many other EVs being introduced right now, the ID. Buzz stands out from the crowd with those retro-inspired looks, and its one-box body makes the most of the interior space.Buzz uses the Volkswagen Group’s familiar MEB electric-car platform that also serves as the underpinnings for its electric range, and there’s also a panel van version of the ID. Buzz, simply called the ID.Buzz Cargo.

It has a WLTP-tested range of up to 258 miles, and the charging technology on board allows it to reach 170kW, so a five to 80 per cent top-up can take as little as half an hour.

There’s just one bodystyle available right now, which features twin sliding side doors to access the back seats and a top-hinged tailgate. It’s currently just a five-seater, but a longer wheelbase seven-seater is arriving later this year.

The cabin features two captain’s chairs up front and a three-seat bench across the rear, and has touches that give it an upmarket and user-friendly feel.The model line-up is simple enough, with a 201bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels, powered by the 77kWh battery that’s used in other VW Group products. There are just two trim levels to choose from, both of which offer plenty of equipment, though there are a variety of options for owners to personalise their cars further.

The weighty battery sits low in the chassis which helps with stability and overall ride. There’s plenty of grip when cornering and while there’s a bit of body roll evident it never feels unstable.

It’s truly practical thanks to its fold flat back seats which gives it a vast cargo area, as well as being comfortable, and will give any family buyer cause to pause and think twice if they’re in the market for a more appealing electric. As long as their pockets are of the deep variety.


VW ID.Buzz Style

Price: £63,715 (£70,300 as tested)
Engine: electric motor powered lithium-ion battery
Power: 201bhp
Torque: 228lb/ft
Transmission:  direct drive single speed
Top speed: 90mph
0-62mph: 10.2 seconds
Range: 255 miles
CO2 emissions: 0g/km

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