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Everything you need to know about the Volkswagen ID. Buzz

Everything you need to know about the Volkswagen ID. Buzz

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Five years after we were first treated to a retro-inspired, future-proof reinvention of Volkswagen’s iconic Microbus, the German firm has finally revealed a production version.

The German firm has finally revealed a production version

Five years after we were first treated to a retro-inspired, future-proof reinvention of Volkswagen’s iconic Microbus, the German firm has finally revealed a production version.

Car manufacturers are coming up with evermore interesting ways to make the new wave of electric vehicles more appealing to customers, and with so much heritage to draw on, it was only a matter of time before we saw the Microbus reworked.

Now we’ve seen the real thing, and Volkswagen has shared plenty of details of what to expect, so here’s a rundown of the key information…


What is the ID. Buzz?

ID.Buzz interior

There are two versions of the ID. Buzz on the way. The first is the passenger car, which is essentially an MPV or people carrier. This has side-opening doors for easy access and will be particularly appealing to large families or minibus operators.

The van-like shape is also being utilised as a commercial vehicle, with its size putting it between the Caddy and Transporter in the VW range. The firm says the rear cargo space is 3.9m-cubed and can fit two euro pallets.

What motor and battery will it use?

ID.Buzz front

European models will come with a 77kWh battery capacity, powering a 201bhp electric motor. The battery can be charged at speeds of up to 170kW, which can take the battery from five to 80 per cent in about 30 minutes.

The official range has not been revealed, but VW is believed to be targeting official figures of 250 miles.

What’s it like inside?

ID.Buzz front and rear

Despite its van-like proportions, the ID. Buzz gets a car-like cabin, with a digital instrument display ahead of the driver and an infotainment tablet perched on the centre of the dashboard.

The cabin is highly configurable, with buyers of the MPV version able to choose between five- and seven-seat versions that prioritise load space and passenger capacity respectively.

It also has a colourful character, with buyers able to specify interior shades that mirror that of the outside paint job.

What technology is on offer?

The infotainment display is 10 inches as standard with a 12-inch upgrade available with built-in navigation. Even the base version gets smartphone connectivity, though, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other impressive equipment includes LED headlights and various driver assistance systems.

These include collision evasion avoidance, Car2X, driver alert, autonomous emergency braking, proactive occupant protection system and lane-keeping assistant.

Optional upgrades include adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, parking assistant, rear-view reversing camera and the Travel Assist package. LED matrix headlights are also available, which allow the driver to keep full beams on at all times, with the car automatically avoiding blinding oncoming vehicles

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