Volkswagen has confirmed another spin-off from its new electric platform, which it launched with the ID.3 hatchback, includes the ID.4 SUV and will soon be joined by this – the ID.5. Combining the practicality of the SUV version with sleeker, coupe-inspired lines, the ID.5 follows a format already seen in regular internal combustion engined models but brings it right up to date in an all-electric format.

Based on VW’s MEB platform (see Rory Reid’s video for more on this topic), the ID.5 will sit alongside similar models from other brands within the group, including the Q4 Sportback E-Tron and Cupra el-Born. They all use the same basic foundations, with a long-wheelbase for excellent cabin space and a choice of a single motor driving the rear wheels in the ID.5 or a dual-motor format with all-wheel drive in the more performance-oriented ID.5 GTX. Both use the same 77kWh battery pack and both will cover well over 300 miles on a full charge by official test figures, though the regular ID.5 is slightly better in this regard.

Volkswagen has yet to confirm power outputs but using the GTX version of the ID.4 as a guide you can expect the more powerful ID.5 to have something like the same 299 horsepower with both motors working together, even if for much of the time it operates in rear-wheel drive and only activates the front motor when extra traction is required. The ID.4 GTX is good for 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and you'd expect the ID.5 to be in the same ballpark, which is on the pace for mid-size electric SUVS and crossovers but perhaps a little off the performance of Teslas and the like.

Fair to say for most people the ability to get to where you’re going will be more important than beating supercars off the line and here the ID.5’s excellent range will be a big confidence booster for those making the switch from regular petrol or diesel equivalents. Pricing, specification and other details will be confirmed closer to the ID.5’s official launch.

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