VW ID. Buzz review: 0-60mph, range & CRASH-tested

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This is the new vw id buzz it’s an electric people carrier that’s based sort of on a van but also really based underneath on a vw id4 now its heritage dates back 75 years to the original t1vw van obviously at the moment we’ve got the t6 van which has been around for quite a while now and there’s the t7 which is a hybrid and then this all electric version which is

The id buzz confused or you’re just dazzled by the crazy crazy paint scheme that’s actually camouflage because this is a prototype so there’s certain things i’m not supposed to show you inside this van but i’ll try to also i’m going to launch it see how quick it is from naught 60 miles now and i’m going to do a range test have some fun with it sorry because i’m

Matt watson you’re watching car wire buying a new car then head to car wow and my team will help you find your next car at a fair price car wow your one-stop car buying comparison site let’s start this video by talking about the design of the id buzz because this is going to be one of the key selling points because it’s a cool looking people carrier slash van the

Van version is actually called the cargo and if you want to be taking this thing surfing there will be a california camper version as well in a few years anyway look at the design the front it’s got a face to it big vw nose you can get matrix led headlights as an option so they’ll blank out part that beam so you don’t dazzle on coming drivers although you might

Do with this delivery it’s got on it at the moment it’s got quite a big front bumper there like that gives it a purposeful stance moving down the sides these wheels 20 inch alloys the cargo version has like plastic wheel trims and steel wheels underneath they look good although they’re designed for aero efficiency to maximize your range more on that in a bit so

The headlights go down the side of the vehicle it’s quite square in shape traditional fan based mpv now i can’t show you in there because the back seats and stuff is still secret prototype now you can’t really see through it either anyway moving to the back the id lights wrap around i like the light design at the back this simple bar big vw logo again at the rear

Now this because it is the people carrier version the tailgate opens up like that the van cargo version the tailgate opens out like that now the interesting thing about this is the size because you probably noticed the short front and rear overhangs makes it look cool on the road but it also means that even though this is the same amount of space inside as a t6

Van it’s actually about 20 centimeters shorter on the outside which should make it easier to park now let’s talk about batteries and charging and all that stuff not sure i’m supposed to show you in there so i’ll quickly cover it up so don’t get into too much trouble with vw anyway this thing has a 77 kilowatt hour battery pack and you have dc charging up to 135

Kilowatts and you can charge from 10 four to eighty percent fall in just over 30 minutes the range on this vehicle is supposed to be around 250 miles but we’ll find out about that because i’m doing a range test in a bit thing you need to know is that it’s rear-wheel drive with a motor at the back 204 horsepower and 310 newton meters of torque you will be able to

Get a four-wheel drive version which also has a motor at the front they’ll have around 300 horsepower tons of pricing it’s not cheap yes that’s always the case with electric vehicles it starts from around 50 000 pounds now if you’re thinking about buying one of these you probably need to sell your current vehicle and you can now do that through car wow we’d have

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Simply googling wow me car wow and we will wow you now let’s talk about the interior although there’s not much that i can say you see i’ve got marcus here from volkswagen who’s my minder he’s here to make sure that i don’t show any of the interior design so not allowed to he’s also here to make sure i don’t do anything silly with the vehicle but i’m going to see

What i can explain to you so oh that looks interesting you’re gonna like that i like these seats they’re comfy and you can’t see much of them um i can’t really show you the infotainment system but it’s very similar to the one that you get in the id4 just a slightly different design for the screen surround are you sure i can’t show them under there no unfortunately

Back seats you just could step aside and okay explain what you’re seeing so this is going to be a bit like radio you can’t see it but i’ll i’ll let you know what i’m seeing so i’m going to go in through the back door oh it’s electrically operated this one is so i’m in the middle row this is the five-seater you will be able to get a seven seater version so what

Else can we see oh they do recline these seats recline and they move forward and backwards oh actually you can fold them flat and there’s a there seems to be a false flaw in here that right there see if i can move that out of the way there’s a low cover which i’ve just disconnected and i’m now getting in a terrible mess with let’s maybe move this out the way marcus

Can you just take that for me there we go so i’m now just lying down in the back of the id buzz and you could probably fit a mattress in here and use it as a place to sleep oh and it’s got two tone color interior which i quite like so not the usual practicality test that i like to do wonder if mogs are mined if i eat it i won’t know i went it’s all right yeah it’s

Very spacious back there seems quite comfortable in terms of the boot capacity looks like it’s over a thousand liters now if you have the van version apparently it can carry two euro crates one last thing you need to know towing capacity it’s one ton one turn’s not great for a van marcus yeah but it’s great for an ev right okay let’s drive it right now i’m going to

Drive the id bird so first thing i’m going to do is reset the trip computer because we’ll measure the efficiency of it over this course that i’m about to drive i’m going to start off driving in an urban environment the id buzz both the van and this multi-van will be used for driving around town so if it’s the vanity we’re doing delivery it’s probably with an amazon

Driver at its helm and if you are just a person driving their multi-van then obviously you’re going to pick up your friends and family to carry them around so let’s try it in town first of all going over a speed hump very good test this so fans ain’t great over speed humps just the design of them you know they’re designed to carry a lot of weight and they have very

Rudimentary rear suspension however this is based on the id4 which is a passenger car which doesn’t have rudimentary suspension and you notice it it feels car like to drive it really does obviously electric cars they’re quite heavy so they do have to have stiffer suspension to stop them leaning too much when you go around the corner but despite that the suspension

Feels really good i’m going over rough service here which in a van i’d be shaking about a bit i’d feel it in my man boobs wobbling not here at all and i’ve got to say i love the driving position so you’re sat up high that’s always one of the benefits of a van that’s why they drive right next to your rear bumper on the motorway because they can see right over the

Top of you so you get that experience of being able to see really far ahead of you but also there’s just something about the design of this with the big dash which you aren’t allowed to see and the roof on which extends forward it has a real character to it just feels special it doesn’t feel like a van it feels like its own thing in fact it’s very reminiscent of

The original camper vans the old bosses from back in the day it’s very unique feeling and visibility is really good as well though you do have a lot of safety systems to help you out just in case you make a mistake yeah nice and easy to drive so maneuvering the steering is super light really really light which is great when you’re just pottering about round town

Brakes let me just try them because sometimes electric car brakes can be a bit grubby no the pedal is quite smooth i can put it into a regen mode i’m going to do that now i think i’ll move that forward going to b mode let’s try this see if it’ll come to a complete stop when i lift off the accelerator can i one pedal drive this thing can i stop stop stop moving no

I can’t it’s still creeping a little bit now let’s check the maneuverability i’m gonna go around this mini roundabout vans aren’t that maneuverable but this has a decent turning circle apparently but i’m not sure if i’m going to make it round in one go i’m not sure i will right what’s happening is the car that’s filming this has got stuck going round there if i

Make it round this van wins a definite thumbs up for me for navigating around town oh yes we did it so this van super practical very spacious inside yet it’s more maneuverable than that skoda octavia there we go sorry we just did a little test there so i was reversing up i didn’t check well enough the car safety system spotted that there was a car behind me and

It auto braked if that system wasn’t fitted to this van i would have crashed into that car first lesson keep your wits about you second lesson is buy a modern car with safety systems because they will save your skin sorry about that no problem right now let’s try the id buzz out on some quicker roads impress me in town what’s it going to be like when you’re going a

Little bit faster so one of the benefits about electric cars you have a low centre of gravity and that means that it does prevent the cars from leaning so much in the bends as if the weight was a bit higher up fans do have a tendency to lean quite a lot in the corners also we mustn’t forget this is rear-wheel drive like a sports car okay so i’m coming up to another

Roundabout i’m going to actually put the car into sports mode makes the throttle response sharper it also adds a bit of weight to the steering because the steering is very very light okay let’s have a go around here see what happens come on van can we keep up with our skoda octavia vrs fine look at this staying flat and then out of this corner i’m gonna give it a

Bit of a squirt what’s it like upon its traction down all 204 horsepowers oh yes okay so this is a bit odd i’m starting to really want a people carrier this car is going to make people carry us desirable again you know they went out of fashion didn’t know everyone was just switching into suvs people are going to get one of these i want one one thing i’ve noticed

While driving this around is that the door mirrors could do with being a little bit bigger it’s quite a long slab-sided vehicle so sometimes you can’t see things that are just in your blind spot so you really have to look around you do have blind spot monitoring on it though but it wasn’t seeming to pick it up or maybe i’m just a really crap driver there’s another

Thing i’ve noticed about this and i’m not sure if you can see from this angle so the steering wheel seems to be slightly off-center i don’t know if that’s because a journalist who’s driven this before me has managed to drive it into a curb at speed or it’s something to do with the fact that this is just a prototype and they haven’t done the fine tuning that they

Do and they send a car out to be sold to a customer so if i put it straight it tends to just go to the left okay let’s see what the id buzz is like to drive on the motorway first thing to do is to get up to speed and away from the scary lorries another thing that’s good is that because you’re sat up high you don’t feel quite so threatened by those big trucks and

Lorries it’s definitely quieter than a normal van although i guess it’s not a van you know this is a people carrier you don’t have any internal combustion engine creating a noise up front so your ears pick up on the noise yourself got a little bit of wind noise but actually it’s very very quiet in here it’s much more relaxing than you’d imagine a van to be another

Good thing about it is like good places to rest your arms there look at that so you can just soak up the miles well as far as you’re allowed to go on the remaining range and i’ve got adaptive cruise control here so i’ve got to press some buttons there we go i think we’re on are we on yeah we’re on there we go now i’m not the biggest fan of the touch sensitive

Buttons you get on the steering wheel here they’re the same pretty much as you get in the id3 and id4 and i think it’s a little bit of a step backwards for volkswagen they try to be too clever i prefer the actual more physical pressy buttons that you get in their older vehicles it’s my only real complaint and i am enjoying just sitting up high getting a good view

Forward it’s nice and relaxing i’ve got the car doing all the hard work steering to keep me in lane auto brakes keeping a safe distance from the car in front seats are comfy and i’ve got this bit here as well yeah i could go a long way in this and then when you need to overtake put your foot down and it picks up pretty nicely it’s the benefit of electric power

One thing i’m not noticing though which i’m impressed with is road noise it’s just wind noise really but you expect that from a van especially something with big door mirrors like i thought it just feels like an suv to drive really rather than a people carrier or a van then it’s not a van it’s based on the id4 here we go oh there we go last test of the suspension

There over some gnarly potholes believe me if i was in a traditional van or a traditional mpv that would have been less comfortable or more uncomfortable so i’ve come to the end of the drive now let’s check out the energy consumption so this has done 23.1 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers and that means i can’t actually do the math in my head um so we’ll flash a

Number up on the screen what that means in terms of the real world range when you take into account that this has a 77 kilowatt hour battery and i’ve driven it for 17 miles so it’s an extensive test but i have driven it in town i’ve driven it on some country roads and i’ve driven it on the motorway so it’s quite a decent range of environments and this is the figure

Anyway there’s one last thing for me to do volkswagen hasn’t listed a naught 60 time yet for the id buzz so it’s only right that i set one specialist timing gear here i’m gonna launch it what’s it gonna do come on id buzz give me a buzz naught to 60 in 9.78 seconds which is actually pretty good and quicker than i think you’ll get from most vans so then what’s

My final verdict on the id buzz while this prototype version do you know what sometimes vehicles come along that i actually want to buy i want to own them myself suzuki jimmy was one toyota yaris there’s another i have both of those i actually want one of these and i think a lot of other people will as well i think they’ll be switching out their suvs to drive round

In one of these id buzzes it’s nice to drive and it looks cool i hope you enjoyed the video if you did give it a like if you didn’t give it a dislike let me know what you think of the id buzz do you think that you’d rather have one of these than an suv let me know in the comments below click on those windows there for some more videos and on that box there to go

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