The number of new VW electric cars available to buy or lease is growing all the time. Volkswagen was an early leader in EVs, with the e-Up arriving in 2014. More new Volkswagen electric cars are now arriving all the time.
Traditionally, the Volkswagen Golf has been the core of the company’s range. But the move to electric means the new ‘ID’ range of EVs is coming to the fore, led by the Volkswagen ID.3 electric family hatchback. It is a rival to models such as the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, MG4 EV, Cupra Born and forthcoming Peugeot e-308.
The Volkswagen ID.3 actually replaced an early electric version of the Golf, called the e-Golf. This was launched in 2017 and you can find secondhand versions on the heycar marketplace, with prices starting from as low as £11,500.
The Volkswagen ID range of electric cars has grown over the years, with the ID.4 crossover SUV following a year after the ID.3. It’s been well received, with prizes including the 2022 World Car of the Year award. The Volkswagen ID.5 is a sleeker, more coupe-look version of the ID.4 and the ID.7 is a large family hatchback.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz stole headlines when it arrived in 2022 – it's a fully electric, people-carrying retro reinterpretation of the classic Volkswagen Microbus.
Volkswagen electric cars are also now starting to bring the brand’s famous GTI heritage into the modern era. You can buy sporty-looking Volkswagen ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX models, with more power and plentiful red accents like those worn by the Golf GTI over the years. We look forward to a high-performance version of the Volkswagen ID.3 electric car in due course, too.
Here, we’ll take you through the full range of Volkswagen electric cars on sale in 2023, and show you what’s interesting and exciting about each new VW EV available to buy or lease.
Electric Volkswagen cars 2024
Year launched: 2014
The e-Up became the first modern Volkswagen electric car in 2014. The Volkswagen Up is an ingenious city car rival to the Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo X, meaning the electric e-Up is perfectly suited to zero-emissions city-centre EV motoring.
The original Volkswagen e-Up had an 18.7kWh battery. This gave it a 99-mile range on the older NEDC test cycle. Zero to 62mph took 12.4 seconds and it had a top speed of 81mph.
A second-generation Volkswagen e-Up was introduced in 2019, with a much larger 32.3kWh battery. According to the stricter WLTP economy test, it has a range of 159 miles between charges. Using a 40kW rapid charger, the battery can be topped up in around 45 minutes.
The e-Up is the most affordable Volkswagen electric car and it has proven popular as a result. It is surprisingly roomy, with five-door practicality opening up a spacious rear for passengers. The Volkswagen e-Up is also a lovely car to drive, with a smooth ride and far more refinement than the city car norm.
The Volkswagen e-Up is available in various bright metallic colours, and it looks distinctive on the road thanks to vertical LED daytime running lights in the front bumper. A neat smartphone app and dashtop phone holder allow you to easily hook up your mobile device, for genuine ‘plug and play’ connectivity.
Year launched: 2020
The Volkswagen ID.3 was a landmark Volkswagen electric car when it was launched in 2020. The ‘3’ in its name refers to it being the third-generation VW family car, following the best-selling Beetle and Volkswagen Golf.
The Volkswagen ID.3 is a more affordable family five-door hatchback alternative to the high-profile Tesla Model 3. You can buy an ID.3 and save more than £10,000 over the cheapest Tesla Model 3 – and the Volkswagen is more practical than the Tesla, thanks to its hatchback boot.
Currently, the Volkswagen ID.3 is available to buy or lease with a 58kWh battery. Cheaper 45kWh and pricier 77kWh battery options will be available as new car supplies improve, when the semiconductor shortage eases.
The Volkswagen ID.3 is offered in a single Life variant, with the 58kWh battery and 204PS electric motor, a combination VW calls ‘Pro Performance’. This has a 265-mile electric driving range, and the rear-wheel drive car will accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. Use a 100kW public rapid charger and 180 miles of range can be added in just 30 minutes.
The Volkswagen ID.3 has a digital-first interior with dual colour screens. It is equipped with over-the-air software update functionality, so improvements can be made without having to visit a dealer. Appealing standard features include ArtVelours microfleece upholstery, wireless smartphone charging and Discover Pro navigation.
The Volkswagen ID.3 is similar in size to a Volkswagen Golf, measuring 4,261mm long and 1,809mm wide. It has a useful 385-litre boot, and if the rear seats are folded, it can carry loads more than 1.6 metres long.
Year launched: 2021
The Volkswagen ID.4 is a 100 percent electric SUV. It has a more assertive appearance than the lower-slung Volkswagen ID.3, but retains the clean, simple lines seen in all modern Volkswagen electric cars. Those looking to buy or lease a new Volkswagen ID.4 can choose from some bright metallic paint shades and contrasting roof colours.
There are two sizes of battery available in the Volkswagen ID.4: either 52kWh or 77kWh. There are five rear-wheel-drive powertrain combinations, too: 150PS 52kWh Pure, 170PS 52kWh Pure Performance, 170PS 77kWh Pro and 204PS 77kWh Pro Performance – with a 299PS four-wheel-drive Volkswagen ID.4 GTX at the top of the range.
The Volkswagen ID.4 with the longest electric driving range is the 77kWh Pro variant, which can travel up to 322 miles on a full charge. All versions with the 77kWh battery have a range of over 300 miles, though – even the GTX.
Volkswagen ID.4 GTX models are marked out by 20-inch alloys and black exterior accents. The addition of a front axle electric motor gives four-wheel-drive traction and 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds – this makes it faster than a Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Because of the clever Volkswagen electric car design, the ID.4 boasts a turning circle that’s more akin to a small compact car – despite being a roomy and family-friendly SUV. It also has a commodious 543-litre boot, which grows to 1,575 litres with the rear seats folded.
The Volkswagen ID.4 has a roomy interior as well, with a commodious rear seat and appealing high-set seating position. The dashboard majors on touchscreens and touch-sensitive buttons, and the central infotainment screen is constantly updated via over-the-air technology.
Because it is a Volkswagen electric car, refinement is excellent, giving this family SUV a luxurious feel on the move. It is a very capable alternative to models such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Volvo XC40 Recharge and Skoda Enyaq iV.
Year launched: 2022
The Volkswagen ID.5 is a more rakish iteration of the Volkswagen ID.4, with a sleeker and more coupe-like rear roofline. Prices starting from more than £50,000 make it a rival to models such as the Kia EV6, Tesla Model Y and Audi Q4 e-tron.
The Volkswagen ID.5 is only available with the larger 77kWh ‘Pro’ battery. It can be paired with either a 170PS or 204PS ‘Performance’ motor, both driving the rear wheels – and, like the Volkswagen ID.4, there is a 299PS Volkswagen ID.5 GTX at the top of the range.
The Volkswagen ID.5 GTX has a sportier appearance and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds, thanks to the extra power and traction from its all-wheel-drive setup. We prefer the regular Volkswagen ID.5 models, though, which offer better value for money.
The sweet-spot, we think, is the Volkswagen ID.5 Pro Performance, which costs just £1,500 more than the rather lethargic Pro version. It reaches 62mph in 8.4 seconds and has a range of up to 313 miles. Those looking to buy or lease a new Volkswagen ID.5 Pro Performance can choose either Tech or Max trim grades.
The Volkswagen ID.5 shares the same digital-first interior as the ID.4. Some of the touch-sensitive controls are fiddly, but the tech-packed centre screen is kept up to date via over-the-air technology. Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay add familiarity, too.
Interior room is pretty good. Despite the sleeker roofline of the Volkswagen ID.5, rear-seat space and headroom remain decent. The car has a very impressive 549-litre boot, which is marginally bigger than offered by the Volkswagen ID.4.
Year launched: 2023
The Volkswagen ID.7 is the largest car in the electric VW ID range – and the best, most complete model that has been launched to date. It has a good range, ultra-refined performance and drives in a sophisticated, able way. With a super-practical interior and much-improved infotainment, it’s a great way for Volkswagen Passat drivers to switch to electric.
It currently comes with a single electric motor choice, plus a single battery option. This will be broadened to higher-performance versions and models with a bigger, longer-range battery. The electric motor produces 286PS and drives the rear wheels. Zero to 62mph acceleration is swift, taking 6.5 seconds – not as intensively speedy as a Tesla Model 3, but it feels fast enough. It promises excellent efficiency at motorway speeds thanks to its excellent aerodynamics – the wind-cheating shape means less energy is used to push it through the air, meaning it will cost less to recharge on the move.
The Volkswagen ID.7 drives impeccably well, with mature, well-honed manners and a level of sophistication that elevates it from a mainstream car into one that competes with premium brands. Inside you'll find a smart, tactile interior that shows VW has heeded the criticism levelled at early Volkswagen ID.3 models. It has a quality feel and appealing materials.
Overall, the new Volkswagen ID.7 is a great choice for those seeking a grown-up electric car, one that’s as well-rounded as a regular VW, just with the future-ready appeal of a pure electric drivetrain. Some electric cars can lack that final bit of polish, but not the new Volkswagen ID.7. It’s a tantalising taste of what’s to come from the marque’s electric cars.
Year launched: 2022
The ID.Buzz is the latest new model in the Volkswagen electric car line-up. It is an EV people carrier that seats up to five people – a seven-seat version with a longer wheelbase is expected in time. There is also a Volkswagen ID.Buzz Cargo commercial van version.
Using the same Volkswagen electric car architecture as other ID models, the ID.Buzz is relatively compact, measuring just over 4.7 metres long. However, a stretched wheelbase means interior space is extremely accommodating; even with all the seats in place, the boot measures a huge 1,121 litres. Fold the rear seats and it grows to a gigantic 2,205 litres.
From launch, the Volkswagen ID.Buzz is offered with a 77kWh battery, giving it a driving range of up to 258 miles. It comes with 170kW rapid charging functionality, so you’ll be able to charge it from 5-80 percent in 30 minutes via a public DC rapid charger. In common with other Volkswagen electric cars, three trims are available: Life, Style and the launch 1st Edition. A Volkswagen ID.Buzz GTX will follow later.
The retro styling of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz is a real delight. It is charismatic and cute, from the stubby front end with a large VW logo in the centre, to the shallow windows and sliding side doors, to the three-bar design in the rear C-pillars. Even the two-tone colour schemes reference classic models from the 1960s.
It's appealing inside as well, with the electronic screens of Volkswagen electric cars being neatly integrated into an open-plan and super-comfortable interior. Delightful details abound, and all models have a good level of standard spec. The split A-pillar means those in the front have panoramic visibility for a really special feel when on the move.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz is odds-on to become a modern classic, and a Volkswagen electric car that will be in very high demand. If you want to buy or lease a new Volkswagen ID.Buzz, best get your order in soon.
The most affordable Volkswagen electric car is the e-Up. Prices start from around £24,000.
The Volkswagen ID series is a range of battery-powered Volkswagen electric cars. We’re told ID stands for ‘intelligent design, identity and visionary technologies’.
There used to be a pure electric version of the previous-generation Golf, called the Volkswagen e-Golf. The latest VW Golf range does not offer an EV version, although there are plug-in hybrid models.
What was the first Volkswagen electric car on sale?
The first production Volkswagen electric car was the Golf CityStromer, which was sold between 1992 and 1996. Only around 120 were built, but 50 remain on the road. Volkswagen UK even has one in the reception of its offices.
Can you buy an approved used Volkswagen electric car?
There are a growing number of approved used Volkswagen electric cars. The Volkswagen e-Up is popular and there are more Volkswagen ID.3 models joining the approved used ranks, with prices starting from around £32,000.
When will Volkswagen cars all go electric?
Volkswagen has vowed to go purely electric in Europe and the UK by 2035. By 2030, the company predicts 70 percent of its new cars sold in the region will be EVs.
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