Volkswagen ID. Buzz, the Combi 2.0

The Volkswagen ID. The Buzz is about to go on the market, more than 70 years after the mythical Combi’s debut. Meeting the worthy heir, now 100% electric and still adorable.

Floral shirt, Beach Boys in the background, hands on the steering wheel of a Volkswagen Combi… It’s like the 60s in California! Except that the Bulli of the day doesn’t have a Flat-4, that it doesn’t smell of gasoline and that it rolls in cathedral silence.

You got it, it really is so looking forward to it Volkswagen ID. Buzzthe Combi of the 21st century ! So it is finally here on our roads, after a long gestation, started in 2017 in the form of a concept and continued by its camouflaged version discovered on our site a few months ago.

Good to know: expect buying and reselling.

It is possible to know the resale or trade-in value of your vehicle thanks to the auto Turbo rating of your Volkswagen ID.BUZZ, the alternative to the Argus rating.

Combi in front, Multivan in back

And the least we can say is that it turns heads. Exactly like his famous ancestors. By the way, if the ID. The Buzz still looks like the concept shown in 2017, it is based on the first T1 with a V-shaped bonnet flanked by two headlights more modern.

The profile also takes in all the windows, just like in the Combi’s good old days and like in the concept. Finally, only the back is different from the others a very vertical roof drop, too utilitarian in the Multivan way. And it’s not the wrong side air intakes that change this impression of incompleteness on Volkswagen’s part.

Once on board, lulled to sleep by a little welcome music, the atmosphere remains as cheerful as the outside. Bright colors taken from the bodywork are apt to accentuate a bright, uncluttered passenger compartment, full of storage… and made from recycled materialsotherwise in a high quality finish.

fun and space

Some nice details also contribute to the beauty of the car : smiley, world map, ID. Buzz engraved everywhere, pedals in the shape of Play and Pause… While the passengers will have fun looking for all these little winks, the driver will have to immerse himself in the not very ergonomic infotainment system of the ID family. A bad Volkswagen habit that goes on and symbolizes all its touchscreens, concentrated on its central screen (12 inches at the highest end).

Where this neo-retro Bulli cannot be faulted is in terms of roominess and modularity. With the electric side doors open, the sliding rear bench seat (over 15 cm) comfortably accommodates 3 adults, like being in a minibus. Or else, serve as a small moving truck with 1.121 liters loading volume in the 5-seater configuration and almost doubles (2,205 liters) when the rear seats are folded down.

Small bonus, by folding the backrests (40/60), the seat goes down to build a perfectly flat floor (option at 670 €). Ideal for installing a mattress while waiting for a future version of the California fitted van.

A city minibus

No California for our test but a route connecting Sweden to Denmark, two countries of electromobility. And the first surprise, technical this time, the ID. Buzz took the mechanics of the old Combi in his own wayit’s a 204 horsepower rear electric motor that makes it rear-wheel drive like the other members of the ID family.

Another similarity to the popular van of the 1950s, very short overhangs (but a maous wheelbase of 2.99 m) and a small turning radius, as in the Golf, despite the length of 4.71 meters. It allows ID. Buzz to sneak anywhere, and in it’s quite easy to parkalso thanks to the many available driving aids.

On the road again

At the wheel, there are no surprises. The high and upright riding position ad color, tinted utility. What better to understand the external environment and invite to a comfortable and quiet rideespecially its heavy weight (2.4 tons) and its uninformative steering remind us that it is cut for long journeys rather than small turns.

Moreover, its battery theoretically offers 419 km WLTP range (77 kWh net capacity). In fact, it is rather necessary to rely on 350 km range on mixed cycle (21 kWh per 100 km of consumption during our test). Fair enough then, especially since the philosophy of this type of vehicle is to drive cool, recharging stops is not really a problem.

Cheaper than others

To do this, take half an hour to recover 80% of the battery at a fast charging station (170 kW) and 7 hours with the integrated 11kW charger. Finally, the biggest problem for road-trip enthusiasts is that of look for terminals in the farthest places. A new vision of adventure!

All that’s left is to convince Combi fans to switch to ID. Buzz, and spend minimal €56,990 (minus €2,000 bonus), even more than 60,000 € with some necessary comfort options. A high price justified by the lack of electric vans, the ID. Buzz competing only with the Citroën ë-SpaceTourer (from €56,700) and Peugeot e-Traveller (from €62,700)more expensive, less generous with autonomy and above all less fun.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz Technical Sheet
Tested model: Volkswagen ID.Buzz 204 hp
Dimensions L x W x H 4.71 / 1.99 / 1.93m
Wheelbase 2.99m
Minimum / maximum trunk volume 1,121 to 2,205 liters
Unladen weight 2.407 kg
electric motor Permanent magnet in conjunction
engine power 204 hp
Couple 310Nm
0 to 100 km/h 10.2s
fastest 145 km/h
Battery capacity 77 kWh net
Autonomy 419 km WLTP (350 km real)

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