Volkswagen’s ID. Buzz is one of the most highly-anticipated models of the year. The pure-electric ID. Buzz will be available as an MPV for car drivers, but will also be offered as a van for eLCV business customers. We look at the main features for what we expect to be a very popular model.
Substance, not just style
The ID. Buzz deliberately harks back to the original T1/Samba Bus - one of Volkswagen’s most iconic models. Regardless of trim, the ID. Buzz Cargo still has space in the back for two euro pallets, and has a 3.9 m3 cargo space behind the fixed bulkhead separating it from the three or two seats up front. Oh, and thanks to the rear-wheel drive set-up, the front wheels can turn further than a normal front-wheel drive model, which sees a turning circle of just 11.1 metres - making it easier to pilot around town.
Regardless of whether customers pick the MPV or van, Volkswagen has fitted the same charging system to the ID. Buzz. This means that a 5-80% charge will take just half an hour on high power chargers. Capable of accepting up to 170 kW DC, this will see a significant number of miles added in a short time. On AC points - the sort found at home, in car parks, and at the workplace, the ID. Buzz Cargo will charge at up to 11 kW for a full charge in around eight hours.
It’s no slouch
With a 150 kW electric motor driving the rear axle, the ID. Buzz Cargo has more than 200 hp for drivers to make the most of. It will take about 10 seconds to complete the 0-62mph sprint, with a top speed of 90mph. Pick-up will feel even quicker than the acceleration time suggests, because of the natural characteristics of an electric motor, capable of shifting a payload of up to 650kg easily.
Last-mile deliveries… or much further afield
Thanks to a 77 kWh (net) battery capacity, the VW ID. Buzz Cargo has a range of up to 256 miles on a charge. This will depend greatly on how heavily loaded the van is, but even expecting a full load, most drivers can comfortably expect more than 150 miles on a charge as a worst-case scenario - and often north of 200 miles.
Fully kitted out
There are two trims to pick from, but even the entry level ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce has three front seats, LED headlights, parking sensors front and rear, a 10-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, USB-C ports dotted about, and 5.4-inch digital driver’s display. Options include a “Buzz Box” which is a five-litre storage box that can lock in between the front seats on two-seat models, and be removed when necessary, incorporating an ice scraper and bottle opener. The Commerce Plus trim adds keyless entry, park assist, rear camera, adaptive cruise control, and navigation.
Leasing a VW ID. Buzz Cargo
As soon as we have the leasing rentals for the Buzz Cargo you’ll find them here.
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