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Review Volkswagen ID.7 (2023) – 'electric Passat' with range up to 700 km and 'Lambo door' - AutoReview.nl

Volkswagen is fed up with all the criticism of the ID.3 and ID.4. The new Volkswagen ID.7 is aiming higher. In space, interior quality and range. Mission accomplished?

What is striking about the Volkswagen ID.7?

We already knew from the photos what the new Volkswagen ID.7 looked like, but 'in the flesh' it really is one hell of a car. The fastback with its large fifth door is just 5 meters long and the width is 1.86 meters. With its wheelbase (2.97 m), the ID.7 easily surpasses competitors such as the Polestar 2 and BMW i4. Even the Hyundai Ioniq 6 has to give up 2 centimeters.

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From the side, Volkswagen's electric top model looks like a stretched and slightly squashed ID.5. Yet it is still a high car for a fastback. It extends almost 1.54 meters into the air. The Volkswagen Arteon is 9 centimeters lower, the new Passat comes closer with a height of 1.50 meters.

Went the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 are still being criticized by the press and the public due to the disappointing materials in the interior, but we can put the whip away with the Volkswagen ID.7. Attractive-looking and pleasant-feeling plastics dominate both the front and the rear. Blue piping and subtle mood lighting increase the feeling of well-being on board.

The ID.7 also takes a different path than its electric brothers with the dashboard design. The small instrument cluster in front of the driver's nose does not protrude above the dashboard edge, but is nicely integrated. It is complemented by a head-up display with augmented reality. This ensures that the navigation arrows are, as it were, projected onto the road surface.



Another funny detail stands out on the outside. The charging port cover does not open like a traditional fuel flap, but hinges upwards. It looks like a mini gull-wing door from a Lamborghini...

What is good about the Volkswagen ID.7?

The interior space is spacious. Even rear passengers of above average height can fit their legs perfectly. The headroom is slightly less generous, but anyone who touches the headliner with the top of their head will have to report to the local basketball club.

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With its trunk with a minimum capacity of 532 liters, the Volkswagen ID.7 trumps many competitors, and the large tailgate is very practical. The BMW i4 also has a handy fifth door, but takes considerably less luggage (470 l), as does the Polestar 2 (405 l).

In the Hyundai Ioniq 6 you can store a little less stuff, and that Korean has an awkwardly small trunk lid. The Tesla Model Y is boss above boss with a cargo hold of 854 liters, but that is also an SUV.



The Volkswagen ID.7 has a new engine, which is cooled with both oil and water. This way, the engineers were able to extract 286 hp, instead of the 204 in the ID.3, among others. And that not the ID.7 engine would also be 30 percent more efficient. That is why the WLTP range of the newcomer (599 to 615 km) is clearly greater than other Volkswagen models with the same 77 kWh battery.

After two long journeys on country roads and a stretch of highway in the Marseille region, we achieved a consumption of 17.4 kWh/100 km. That is clearly more than the specified WLTP value of 14.4 kWh/100 km. Still, we don't think a range of approximately 443 kilometers is bad.

At 130 km/constant, the consumption meter reads approximately 22 kWh/100 km, which would be good for a range of 350 kilometers. We are curious about our range test in the Netherlands, but with these scores the ID.7 ranks high. The good streamline (Cd value 0.23) and the new electric motor seem to be paying off.

Volkswagen prefers to compare the ID.7 with the former top model Phaeton than the average Passat. As far as comfort is concerned, the manufacturer certainly has a point. The combination of the finely tuned chassis, the absence of driving noises and the wonderful Ergo Active seats provide a relaxing driving experience. In the dark, the intelligent LED matrix lighting also reduces stress. The stadium lighting of the Johan Cruyff Arena is nothing compared to it.

Unlike most 'sons of the gods' from Amsterdam at the moment, the ID.7 does not have to shy away from the competition. It may not be a top scorer with its performance, but you never feel underpowered, although you do notice that the chassis and steering can handle more. Sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6.5 seconds, intermediate sprints are effortlessly fast, without your stomach going crazy.

What could be improved on the Volkswagen ID.7?

The much criticized sliders for temperature control are still there, but in the ID.7 they are illuminated. You don't necessarily have to 'slide' with it - you can also tap it. In short, it is better, but simple buttons remain our preference. Fortunately, the temperature control also works well with voice commands. Shout: “Hello IDA, I am cold!”, and the temperature on the complainant's side is increased.

And there are more operating annoyances. This means you can easily accidentally press the touch button on the steering wheel for the steering wheel heating, and make a mistake when you want to operate the windshield wiper lever. It is not on the right, but on the left.



The augmented reality of the head-up display is an anticlimax, the arrows are often only poorly readable. We expected much more from this.

Although the car also offers plenty of space in the back, tall people do not really sit comfortably here. The seat is quite low and slopes sharply towards acting, so that long-legged people sit with their knees at a contortionist-like angle.

A braked trailer of up to 1000 kg is allowed behind the rear-wheel drive ID.7. That is on the poor side in this class. Many competitors can tolerate 1500 kg on the hook.

You won't find any frunk under the front cover of the ID.7. You can easily store the charging cable in the double floor of the trunk, but with a trunk full of holiday luggage that is anything but convenient. Just as you might want a higher fast charging capacity than 175 kW during the holidays. Some competitors do this better, although a loading time of 28 minutes from 5 to 80 percent is not bad.

When will the Volkswagen ID.7 come to the Netherlands and what is the price?

The first copies of the Volkswagen ID.7 are expected in the Netherlands at the end of 2023. Then we are talking about a special introductory version, the Pro Business for 63,995 euros. It has 20-inch wheels as standard, giving it a range of 599 kilometers.

On the one hand, the equipment is extensive, with great LED matrix lighting, electrically adjustable Ergo Active seats, a navigation system, climate control with three climate zones, a 360-degree camera and Travel Assist with adaptive cruise control, which makes semi-autonomous driving possible.



On the other hand, Volkswagen asks an extra 1,100 euros for a basic facility such as a heat pump. We would have preferred that to the very expensive climate control system where you don't even have to adjust the grilles. In fact, there isn't even a physical possibility for that. If you think you know better than the climate electronics, you can still adjust the blowing direction via the large screen.

More versions of the Volkswagen ID.7 will be available in the course of next year. The less luxurious basic model has smaller wheels, which increase the range to 615 kilometers. The price will probably fall just below 60,000 euros.

Anyone who thinks 615 kilometers is still not enough should wait for the ID.7 Pro S with an expected range of 700 kilometers. There will also be a station wagon version, called Tourer, and a 388 hp GTX with two electric motors and four-wheel drive.

What do I think of the Volkswagen ID.7?

The Volkswagen ID.7 is a very nice car. Apart from a few operating issues, it is an 'old-fashioned' everyone's friend like Volkswagen made for decades. With an excellent balance of comfort and sportiness, more than adequate performance and a high-quality interior. My eyes tolerate the appearance of the ID.7 a lot better than that of the ID.4 and ID.5, although I think the lines of the Tourer are even better balanced.

Its spacious space and good range are strong points, but the price is a sensitive point. For example, you can get the 229 hp Hyundai Ioniq 6 with the large battery (74 kWh net) for less than 51,000 euros. The Polestar 2 Long Range (79 kWh net, 299 hp) costs 55,200 euros.

Of Let's EV6 finally, it is available with a 74 kWh battery and a power of 229 hp for 51,995 euros. And then we have the Nio ET5 in Tesla Model 3 not even mentioned yet.

In my opinion, an important plus of the ID.7 is that it is built in Europe, and not in China, like many electric competitors. To be precise, the ID.7 comes off the production line at the Volkswagen factory in Emden - turn right at Delfzijl - the birthplace of the Passat for decades.

This post was last modified on November 12, 2023 5:10 pm

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