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Volkswagen opens order books for new ID5 and ID4 Pro


VOLKSWAGEN'S all-electric ID5 SUV coupe is finally available to order from your local VW dealer. You can also now buy a brand new version of the ID5's non-coupe sister, the World Car of The Year 2021-winning ID4.

Slotting in-between the existing ID4 Pure Performance and Pro Performance models, the new ID4 Pro (from £41,430 OTR) is now the cheapest way for ID4 buyers to avail of the range-extending benefits of VW's larger 77 kWh battery unit – 318 miles WLTP to be exact, which is over 100 miles more than the smaller 55kWh battery found on entry level Pure cars.

That desirable 77kWh power pack comes as standard issue equipment on all ID5s, where it offers up to 313 miles WLTP.

The ID5 comes in a choice of three versions, the 172hp Pro, 201hp Pro Performance and the 295hp GTX, with either standard Tech or enhanced Max (standard on GTX) trim packages.

Pro cars start at £50,550 OTR with the ID5 Pro Tech, which comes equipped with a panoramic sunroof, ID.Light LED matrix headlights, 3D-LED rear lights, Travel Assist, electric tailgate, tri-zone climate control, Volkswagen's Augmented Reality head-up display and 12-way electrically adjustable seats with massage function.

Upgrade to a Pro Max (from £54,050) or Pro Performance Max (from £55,440) and you add sports seats, larger 20-inch alloy wheels and the Sports Package Plus, which includes Dynamic Chassis Control with driving profile selection and progressive steering, plus an energy-efficient heat pump (a £1,002 option on Pro Tech cars).

The latter is also standard equipment on the GTX (from £58,640), the 'hot' version of the ID5 designed to appeal to those who want to combine family practicality with sports styling and performance.

The GTX benefits from a dual-motor all-wheel drive system for enhanced handling and acceleration – 0 to 62mph in 6.3 seconds – and a top end of 112 mph, making it the only ID5 capable of breaking the 100mph barrier.

This extra get-up-and-go is signposted by a GTX external styling package including bespoke bumpers (the front being very similar to the ID4, somewhat confusingly), unique alloy wheels and blacked out C-pillars and roof frame, while inside you get special GTX seats, dark blue leatherette door panels and lots of GTX-branded trim.

The optional extras list for the ID5 is short and sweet: beyond the trim selection, only paint, larger wheels and two other accessory-based options – a three-pin charging cable (£185) and swivelling towbar (£865) – are customisable from the factory.

All ID4s and ID5s are manufactured at Volkswagen's Zwickau plant in Saxony, now entirely dedicated to the production of electric vehicles based on VW's modular electric drive matrix: the ID3, Audi's Q4 e-tron6 and Q4 Sportback e-tron7, and the Cupra Born.

Given the ongoing world shortage of semiconductor chips – which shut down production at Zwickau for a couple of days last November – VW customers are being told to expect delivery delays. If you want to be driving a new ID5 this year, you'd best get one ordered asap.

PRICING AND SPECS

ID4 Pro

  • Price (OTR): £41,430
  • Battery and power output: 77 kWh, 172hp
  • 0-62mph: 10.4 secs
  • Top speed: 99mph
  • Max range (WLTP): 318 miles

ID5 Pro Tech / Max

  • Price (OTR): £50,550 / £54,050
  • Battery and power output: 77 kWh, 172hp
  • 0-62mph: 10.4 secs
  • Top speed: 99mph
  • Max range (WLTP): 313 miles

ID5 Pro Performance Tech / Max

  • Price (OTR): £51,940 / £55,440
  • Battery and power output: 77kWh, 201hp
  • 0-62mph: 8.4 secs
  • Top speed: 99mph
  • Max range (WLTP): 313 miles

ID5 GTX

  • Price (OTR): £58,640
  • Battery and power output: 77 kWh, 295hp
  • 0-62mph: 6.3 secs
  • Top speed: 112mph
  • Max range (WLTP): 296 miles

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