Volkswagen has been on a roll lately with its ID family of electric vehicles, from the compact ID.3 hatchback to the futuristic Volkswagen ID.Buzz van. But the latest member of the lineup, the ID.7 SUV, might be the most important one yet. Why? Because it's not just a great EV, it's a great vehicle, period.
The Volkswagen ID.7 is based on the same modular electric platform (MEB) as the other ID models, but it's bigger, more spacious, and more versatile than any of them. It's also more powerful, more efficient, and more advanced than most of its rivals, both electric and gas-powered. In short, it's the kind of SUV that could convince even the most skeptical buyers to switch to electric.
What Makes the Volkswagen ID.7 So Special?
Let's start with the basics. The Volkswagen ID.7 is a three-row SUV that can seat up to seven passengers or five with a generous cargo area. It has a sleek and aerodynamic design that looks futuristic but not weird, unlike some other EVs we could name. It has a large and airy cabin that's filled with high-tech features and premium materials, such as a 15-inch touchscreen, a head-up display with augmented reality, and ambient lighting.
But the real magic happens under the skin. The ID.7 offers two battery options: a 77-kWh pack that provides an estimated range of 280 miles or a 111-kWh pack that boosts that figure to 375 miles. Both batteries can be recharged at up to 200 kW at fast-charging stations, meaning you can add up to 186 miles of range in just 18 minutes.
The Volkswagen ID.7 also has two electric motors, one on each axle, that deliver a combined output of 335 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. That's enough to propel the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 112 mph. And thanks to the low center of gravity and the sophisticated suspension system, the ID.7 handles like a much smaller and lighter vehicle.