Volkswagen ID.5 GTX test: the new sportsman will be it

In anticipation of even juicier news, Volkswagen’s family of electric cars, identified by the acronym ID, has for now culminated in the ID.5 GTX model, where the protagonists of what we can call A new athlete. Different from what was done a few years ago, it will leave even the most old-fashioned cold, and may be loved by current and future drivers; It’s hard to say, but we deny that he has his point.

Let’s put what this car means in the VW electric range. If the ID.5 becomes a coupe variant of the ID.4, with a roof that begins to drop earlier and a small spoiler placed on the tailgate, the GTX, on the other hand, is the most powerful version of the catalog. Its 299 horsepower is the result of a push from two electric motors, which are powered by a useful 77 kW battery, with which they can theoretically travel 490 kilometers.

In most everyday use, the car uses only the rear engine, which only delivers 204 horsepower, while in Sport or Traction driving modes, both come into play. These power figures already speak for how the throttle response, in addition to being instantaneous and linear as in all electrics, the ID.5 GTX can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and That in urban traffic it is a brilliant car. Another thing is the sensations that were traditionally associated with sports models and which are difficult to experience here.

Before we expand on this, it is convenient to highlight the implications that body style has on ID habitability.5. The front seats can be considered identical to the ID.4, but the rear seats, due to the drop of the roof, lose some height and have worse access, although they comfortably accommodate passengers up to 1.80 meters tall. In return, the trunk is slightly more durable (an excellent 549 liters) and autonomy is somewhat improved thanks to more favorable aerodynamics.

In real, but reasonable driving, the GTX can cover more than 400 km in the city and suburbs – even up to 450 – and on the highway and freeway it moves between 300 and 350 depending on the speed. The average power consumption is around 18 kWh/100 km, which is not a bad record for a car that weighs 2,300 kilograms.

Its battery supports up to 135kW of constant current thanks to version 3.0 Software which controls these and other aspects, such as the multimedia system, which, despite improvements, is still slow to respond. The maximum power in alternating current remains 11 kW.

If the impression caused by the passenger compartment had to be summed up in two lines, the chosen words would be range i Modernity. The absence of obstructions, such as the transmission tunnel, and ample rear-seat legroom are key to this space. As for the second feature, it will be enough to save two details.

One is the light bar (ID. Light) located at the base of the windshield, which, in addition to its own decoration, serves as information about danger, such as the presence of vehicles in the blind spot or the sudden braking of the vehicle in front. It also works to support navigation information, advising the driver, for example, to stop accelerating in order to drive at an appropriate speed in areas with speed limits.

Another aspect that catches everyone’s attention is the lighting sequence that greets the customer as he approaches the car. The ID.5 GTX also has matrix shields which A wink, as well as welcome and taillights with a three-dimensional effect that create their own animations to greet and say goodbye to the driver. Inside you can enjoy ambient light with a choice of 30 colors.

Fast, not sporty

In the preceding paragraphs it has become clear that ID. The latest member of the family, which Volkswagen considers “the most dynamic version of the range”, has more than enough power, which, among other things, allows it to move at a surprising speed. Continuous stop-and-go, also when trying to overtake or merge onto the freeway at speed.

Its four wheels powered by two electric motors, one per axle, also contribute to a balanced and precise demeanor, completed in terms of comfort by a comfortable suspension that contains body vibrations well.

The fact that the car is so fast and responds so well to the commands given to it, of course, there is a pleasure behind the wheel, which never hurts, but this does not necessarily mean that we are driving what would traditionally be considered a sport. car. There’s no hint of juicy sensations in the GTX, such as a rear end that helps round out the trajectory or a petrol engine that you have to crank up to the top of the rev counter to squeeze out its best juice, but maybe we’re on to it. New sportsmanship, as we said at the beginning, which will undoubtedly find its followers.

The ID.5 retails from €49,575, before subsidies, in a single electric motor option that produces 174 hp and has a WLTP range of 514 km. At the top is 204 hp, also with one engine and 534 km of range, which costs 51,170 euros, and at the top is the GTX with 299 hp and 490 km of autonomy, which comes out to 57,475. All three have a 0 emission rating, which distinguishes them today in terms of unrestricted movement in large cities.

Source: El Diario





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