Self-testing. Volkswagen opens the screen with ID. Buzz

In the 1960s and 1970s, THE model of cool babes around the world, from Asia to California, was the Combi from Volkswagen. Initially conceived as a pure and tough utility vehicle, it was almost immediately diverted from a minibus and converted into a motorhome to tackle the harshest roads on the planet. Volkswagen was clearly inspired by this very old model born in 1950 to draw the new one: same front face characterized by a plunging pattern that belongs only to him, same side glazed surface, same treatment on tailgate. And even cut the two-tone paint. Given the success of the historic model collection (depending on the version, prices vary between 40,000 and 200,000 €!), this is a good idea. Obviously, everything invisible is 100% modern. And 100% electric…

He is the original! Born in 1950, it comes from the famous Beetle with, like this, a rear engine. He is the ID. Buzz copy. Big nod to the past. Seventy-two years separate the two models! © Jean-Remy Macchia

The fairy of electricity is the only welcome

The technical basis is the one used for all electric models of the Volkswagen group. In other words: there is no conventional engine version. Driving appears fluid and smooth, with all the appeal of “oil-free” models: lively acceleration and total quietness in operation, enhanced here by perfect road noise insulation. Conversely, at more than 100 km/h, wind noise appears. shame Getting started seems easy. But be careful, the width is impressive: 2 m without mirrors! 21 cm longer than a Golf…

Also read. “111 stories about the Volkswagen Combi that you really need to know”: more than a car, a Combi

It moves and… it consumes too much on the highway

The 204 hp. allowing you to plan any type of trip while being sure you won’t run out of power. Pick-ups are lively but when climbing, the weight is felt: more than 2,400 kg! Includes 480 kg of batteries. If the maximum speed may seem a little limited (145 km / h), you have to rely on the animal’s electric appetite at high speeds. Both in town (15.5 kWh / 100) and on the road (17.5 kWh / 100), the power consumption we mentioned appears to be correct, allowing ranges of 497 and 440 km; how much on the highway, things are not good: 26 kWh / 100 according to our readings and not doing much. This reduces the range to 295 km. Too weak.

image seen from the rear, square shapes, as in the current generation volkswagen transporter.  perfectly cubic, the loading volume reaches impressive levels.  © Jean-Remy Macchia

Seen from the rear, square shapes, as in the current generation of the Volkswagen Transporter. Perfectly cubic, the loading volume reaches impressive levels. © Jean-Remy Macchia

Everything – or almost – to make your travels delicious

The passenger compartment appears bright and the welcome on board is warm. Convenience can be very good. Other than that the suspension is a bit dry, thankfully there is no excessive stiffness. Especially felt the dryness in the back. In the specific rear, you have a one-piece bench seat: there is no possibility to opt for three independent seats, which can be slid and removed. This seat seems too rigid and, above all, the middle seat is really unpleasant because it is hard. No reason. In general, the finish does not appear on the top: there is no padded plastic. But everywhere their appearance on the surface is clean. Very pleasing to the eye, the imitation wood along the dashboard. But it’s a hard plastic, too thin, like it’s hollow. So far, some equipment is missing, unavailable for a year: a large glass roof (but does not open), opening rear windows (for now, they have been fixed), and a high head-up display up.

smooth and clear presentation of the picture, good color matching thanks to the options.  the central screen (here in the 12-inch option) uses a clear presentation but requires too much rigorous manipulation when you're driving.  © Jean-Remy Macchia

Continuous and clear presentation, quite harmonies of colors thanks to the options. The central screen (here in the 12 inch option) uses a clear presentation but requires too many binding manipulations when driving. © Jean-Remy Macchia

Good car dare a price no friend

57,000 € at the base price, it is not provided. A catalog version, one power level and batteries, with optional packs and three rim sizes available. The options are no giveaway either: €1,790 for the two-tone paint, €1,930 for the electric rear doors, €890 for the motorized tailgate, €980 for our test model’s nice big rims and another €1,100 to benefit from a warm interior, with a light imitation wood that is more rewarding than the original plain dark plastic.

The ID. Buzz is also offered in a “Cargo” utility version, at €47,990 excluding tax. It offers up to 3,900 l of cargo, and two or three front seats in the front. Beyond 2025, a version of the California motorhome will be released based on the extended chassis.

We liked it

Crisp looks, easy driving despite the dimensions, mostly adequate performance, ample interior space, large trunk, very short turning radius.

We liked it better

High price, very expensive options, low autonomy on the motorway, stable bench seat, no individual back seat, particularly uncomfortable rear middle seat, disappointing plastics, wind noise > 100 km/h .

id. Buzz from €56,990

Tried version: with options, €67,140.

Length : 4.71m.

Chest: 1,121 l.

Engine: electric, 204 hp.

Performance: 145 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h: 10.2 sec.

Battery: 77 kWh.

Autonomy: 419 km is the max.

Bonuses: €2,000 (if the invoice

Basic equipment

21-inch aluminum rim, front and rear radar, 360° camera, adaptive cruise control, 5.3-inch digital dashboard, 12-inch touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 6 USB sockets, induction smartphone charger, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Alcantara/fabric upholstery, electric front seat, heated front seats and steering wheels, motorized tailgate.

The rivals

Citroën ë-SpaceTourer, from €54,050

photo citroen ë-spacetourer.  © Citroën

Citroën e-SpaceTourer. © Citroën

Only electric competitor. Available on sister brands: Peugeot e-Traveller and Opel Zafira-e Life. And at Toyota: Proace Verso Electric. Performance a notch below. More limited autonomy: 210 to 315 km depending on the batteries.

VW Transporter 2.0 TDI 150, from €50,500

photo vw transporter 2.0 tdi 150. © jean-rémy macchia

VW Transporter 2.0 TDI 150. © Jean-Rémy Macchia

It is equivalent to ID. Buzz, with a classic engine. 150 hp 4-cylinder diesel. There is a 7-speed automated gearbox. Base price, many optional equipment.

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