Volkswagen I.D. Concept First Drive Review – Video Test Drive…Kinda

5 months ago by Mark Kane 25

On the occasion of the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen finally made the plug-in I.D. concept available for short test drives.

And according to reports…it drives terrible, as it’s simple exhibition model, with speed and acceleration limited to city bike levels (25 km/hr, 16 mph), complete with strange vibrations and noises.

Volkswagen I.D.

The production version is still  about three years off (using MEB platform), and will not share single powertrain piece with the concept shown today, but the overall spirit and design is to be preserved.  One assumes the drives where provided to just show off the pleasing aesthetic attributes.

The Volkswagen I.D. is also significantly differs from conventional Volkswagens. It’s shorter than the Polo, but the wheelbase is nearly as long as the Passat, which makes it very spacious inside. Turning circle is less than 10-metre.

Autocar had this to say on the ID Concept:

“Inside, it feels almost impossibly airy – the metal roof supports are so thin and the glazing so expansive that the view out is as if from within a giant, minutely structured bubble. Come production, the roof will be raised further still, although I strongly suspect its pillars will need to be more heavily bolstered to provide sufficient rollover protection. Whether one appears between the two rows of seats remains to be seen, but Leuderalbert says the production car will have ‘conventional’ doors rather than the electric, sliding rear items on the concept, and it’s hard to see how those could be engineered without a B-pillar.

Predictably, the I.D is terrible to drive. I’m restricted to a short strip of pedestrian space alongside a marina in Lisbon, Portugal, and VW has thoughtfully limited the car’s top speed to just a little less than 20mph. It accelerates slowly and haphazardly, even at these speeds showing no sign of the sub-8.0sec 0-62mph time potential claimed for the production version. Yet we should not allow this to delay us, much less to dismay us: most concept cars won’t even move under their own power, so no profit lies in trying to infer some sense of what the real thing will be like, based on a few minutes in a contraption that would render a Unigate milk float as a Porsche 918.”

The price in 2020 is expected to start at around £22,000 ($27,053) for the entry level version.

A big part of the I.D. Concept is autonomous driving capability, but it’s hard to say more at this stage without a tangible offering to check out.

Quick spec:

  • 249 to 373 miles (400-600 km)
  • MEB platform
  • 125 kW motor
  • 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration in less than 8 seconds

– via Autocar

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25 responses to "Volkswagen I.D. Concept First Drive Review – Video Test Drive…Kinda"

  1. Anon says:

    Creaky, just like VW Group’s future…

    1. Thomas says:

      Wait a few years and VW will nuke Tesla.

      1. Miggy says:

        The good thing is that it will be available world wide in both RHD & LHD unlike the GM Bolt & Volt.

      2. ffbj says:

        Yeah, that’s a good one, but you left out…
        Like they nuked themselves?

      3. Get Real says:

        LMFAO Thomas, will it be a nuke like the dieselgate nuke that VW so brilliantly dropped on itself???

        When you say “wait a few years”, that is an inherent admission that VAG is already years behind Tesla in fielding this technology.

      4. Anon says:

        Been waiting years since they announced EV after EV, and never followed through. If they do manage to turn their ship around– it will raise all EVs.

      5. bogdan says:

        Yeah, the whole world is keen for buying the 16mph top speed VW ID.
        From a sarcastic point of view, the car really is revolutionary: 16mph, strange noises and vibrations and much more!

  2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    No thanks.

  3. David Murray says:

    I would happily drive this… the trouble is, I suspect the production version won’t look much like it.

  4. CDAVIS says:

    I like the clean exterior lines, interior design minimalism, & expansive interior space. Also like the hatchback. It’s basically a futuristic Chevy Bolt. The overall design has legs. Performance & ride handling needs be kicked up several notches which I’m sure it will be.

    Too bad the car is 3+ years out.

  5. Someone out there says:

    Why does it take them so long to make a functional prototype? They are not amateurs, they should have every manufacturing tool under the sun by now! For a first time manufacturer sure it can be hard work to make a prototype but it shouldn’t be for VW! Just 3D print whatever you need, it will take you a week to make a car

    1. goodbyegascar says:

      The sooner, the better.

      Getting the global auto industry to convert to electric drivetrains is Tesla’s larger mission.

      1. goodbyegascar says:

        My reply was to Thomas, who wrote:

        “Wait a few years and VW will nuke Tesla.”

  6. Eugene says:

    Could VW start from fire design studio (some savings right away), take existing Golf, redesign internal structure to accommodate the battery, leave existing interior as-is, put there a decent battery (150+ miles) and call it a day?

  7. William says:

    V W is the New “Vapor Ware”. They are killing their “proof of concept” with Their “GOLF KART” ID concept.

  8. Mister G says:

    VW…what happened to electrify America?

  9. In my eyes an idiotic show off, like the many things we saw and heard from VW lately.

  10. Toni says:

    Funny how they give us specs, prices and even journalist reviews of cars that don’t even exist. You are a joke VW!

  11. Joe says:

    I don’t like VW in general but their concept is right for success.
    Very compact still super spacious inside and probably a trunk with ample space and last but not least a decent price.
    A real family car.

  12. Joe says:

    By the way, thanks to VW arrogance which ended with the dieselgate, it turned out to be a major boost in investing into electric cars across the automotive industry and in an immediate effect (in Europe) to see sales of diesel powered cars dropping rapidly.

    Thanks VW 🙂

  13. Someone out there says:

    That interior is even worse than the model 3! Those seats looks like come from the cheapest possible Chinese crap car, just a single piece of injection molded plastic!

    The exterior is very nice though. My advice to VW is to rip out all the futuristic stuff, put a proper interior in the car, a 70 kWh battery, a 150 kW motor, a decent charger (150 kW), two nice screens, one for the dash and one for navigation and try to release it as soon as possible.

  14. Bill Howland says:

    You have to wonder what is going on at VW.. Several years ago they could make a premium vehicle like the Phaeton, but now, they have trouble making a 20 mph concept without shaking.

    Maybe they should start as many of their fans have – take an old 60’s microbus and electrify it.

  15. bogdan says:

    Very good review, but i’m missing an important information:
    – how many seconds from 0 – 16 mph?

  16. I have an e-Golf and it is an excellent car, with only a few niggles. This car is going to be built on an EV platform, and that will improve it. I hope they build it.

    VW has to build it, if they want to be taken seriously.

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