Why the ID.5 GTX from VW is more evolution than revolution

We’re now seeing electric cars at a point where they’re starting to spawn offshoots. It’s a sure sign that demand is being felt for something else that buyers can spend their money on.

The great thing about electric cars is that it doesn’t take much to turn them into something faster, quicker, quieter, less expensive, different looking – you choose the menu and chances are something is cooking or already on the table.

That’s certainly the case with Volkswagen, who are pushing for new and special editions. The ID.5 GTX is a case in point. With all-wheel drive (AWD), it is a – performance – version of the recently introduced ID.5 range.

That in and of itself is a Volkswagen version of the ID.4 (roomier thanks to extra length), only it has a sloping roofline that’s more in line with what we call an electric SUV/coupe. The sloping roof doesn’t really affect headroom

The cabin largely corresponds to the ID.4. Which means there’s the counter-intuitive drive selector for reverse and boost etc. I know I waste my time criticizing him and I know sometimes I’m not the quickest to adjust, but I don’t like the way he works anymore.

Why can’t they keep it simple like other brands? Instead of twisting and turning a knob like pinball, why not just push a button and get started. I won’t mention it again, so consider this topic closed.

I know it’s a cliche for the big screen to dominate the dash, but those sliders for volume etc. and the weakness of the concept are annoying.

Elsewhere, the big, powerful battery can certainly push it (as you’d expect from a Volkswagen of any variety with the letters ‘GT’ in the name).

It has a claimed range of 300 miles (490 km). I think it’s optimistic, but like I say every time I drive an EV, it depends so much on the type of route you take and how you drive.

Autobahns sucked up a lot of energy at 100km/h because I used their torque to get some quick acceleration going for fun, but that didn’t stop when I saw the gauge slipping.

Still, I was really impressed with how little it used around town, so maybe 430km to 450km is achievable if there’s a sensible balance between urban and rural driving and you curb your enthusiasm. That’s not bad at all.

With maximum DC charging capacity, you can extend your travel range by about 390 kilometers in about half an hour.

At least that’s what Volkswagen is counting on. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all access this kind of power consumption?

It’s a well-established large EV, then, with plenty of new updates – another effect of the digital age, where newer technologies are simply loaded onto variants as they come to market.

The GTX covered quite a bit of ground well, but I wouldn’t say it excelled much in terms of driving momentum despite having so much power at its disposal.

In my opinion you should get a little more bang for your buck as the test car will set you back almost 80,000 euros.

I find that a bit steep. The price includes a delivery and service charge of €1,300. I’m sure they have their reasons and fair fees for releasing the numbers – not all – but it’s a few bucks on top of that.

would i buy it The question comes too soon because I have to tell you that I’ve never really gotten what you might call “buzz”. I think it’s a perfect example of a modern EV as it shows a high level of competence across the board with the possible exception of those sliders and the drive selector.

Yet it has no great appeal or outstanding quality.

What it’s got is plenty of room for a family, a nice twist from that 299hp EV system, and I suppose there’s the coupe-esque roofline that gives it a different profile.

But I wouldn’t pay the surcharge in cash. I would spend it on the ID.4, which apart from everything else drives quite well.

To be honest, I don’t think the ID. 5 GTX does enough to justify the additional thousands in spend.

I’m sure it will sell well to those who want to be seen in a larger VW SUV/Coupe with all its badges and signature touches.

I can see why a family would like it and how convenient it would be for them with its spacious interior. Maybe I’m too conservative, but I’d take the ID.4 and keep the money saved if something comes along that I really like.

It will be, because that’s the beauty of the current EV flow: there may not be one to spark the imagination yet, but there will be.

fact file

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX, 77kWh battery.

Starting price €77,110. With extras and shipping costs test car: 78,592 euros.

Standard equipment includes 20-inch alloy wheels, 12-inch Discover Max navigation system, Matrix LED headlights, exterior design/badge, head-up display, Climatronic air conditioning, wireless car-to-car info transmission, adaptive chassis control, overhead , reversing camera, GTX front seats with red stitching, panoramic sunroof, intelligent parking assistant, wireless charging, 2 USB-Cs.

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