In theory, VW’s ID.5 GTX is simply a sleeker version of the ID.4, the latter being a perfectly competent EV but not one that could be described as dynamically engaging. Yet somehow VW has managed to bestow the ID.5 with a distinct character that is, dare I say, sporting.
The GTX tops off the range, meaning it packs front and rear motors with a combined output of 220kW, which equates to a 6.3-second 0-100km/h dash and a top speed limited to 180km/h. The powertrain is complemented by revised dampers and lower ride height than the more pedestrian variants. An 82kWh battery pack (77kWh usable) is used across the ID.5 range, running at 400V, delivering a WLTP range of 489-520km on the WLTP cycle.
Acceleration (by quick EV standards) is hardly startling, but brisk enough. It is the chassis that marks the ID.5 GTX out as more than just an SUV with a tighter posterior. Find a sweeping section of road and the car gives a good account of itself. Body control is taut but not at the expense of a quiet ride, and the low center of gravity, paired with the torque vectoring of the 4WD, makes for sure-footed progress. It won’t win any prizes for feel or engagement, but at no point did the ID.5, despite its 2.2-ton weight, feel flustered
or upset, even when the surface got choppy.
Overall, VW has achieved a neat balancing act, matching credible sporting intent with desirable styling, useful range and a punchy powertrain.