The ID.Buzz is the Volkswagen Microbus remodelled for the all-electric age. It’s quite possibly the coolest MPV that has ever gone on sale, and we reckon it could finally disrupt our love affair with the SUV. While most people will be bowled over by the retro styling and wraparound windscreen, beneath the vibrantly coloured skin is a hugely versatile and well-packaged vehicle that could fit seamlessly into family life.
Key highlights of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz
Although the Volkswagen ID.Buzz is also sold as a van (the ID. Buzz Cargo), it’s a proper car underneath, sharing a similar base and technology with the brand’s smaller EVs.
That means it’s comfortable at motorway speeds, while being easy to drive in town thanks to great visibility, light steering and technology to aid parking. There are five roomy seats, sliding doors, plenty of practical storage and an absurdly generous boot. And yet at 4.7 metres long, it’s no bigger than an estate car.
Two generously-equipped trim levels called Life and Style are available, while a special 1st Edition model is also available for early adopters. Volkswagen will launch other versions with longer bodies and more seats, bigger batteries and more powerful motors in the coming years. There’s even a camper version on the horizon.
Volkswagen ID.Buzz performance and range
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz is available from launch with a 77kWh battery and single rear-mounted 201bhp motor. Performance is ample rather than thrilling, but a 0-62mph time of 10.2 seconds is plenty for a large family vehicle. A range of up to 258 miles is also very competitive for an electric MPV.
Sitting at the top of Volkswagen’s electric range, the ID.Buzz also offers some of the fastest charging speeds - up to 175kW using a suitable DC rapid charger. That’s sufficient for a 10-80% charge in just 30 minutes.
Volkswagen ID.Buzz First Edition
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If you’re looking for a stylish-yet-practical family car to lease, you could embrace the minibus aesthetic and check out the seven-seat Mercedes EQV. Cheaper and less design-led alternatives include the van-based Citroen e-Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo-e Life.
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As an all-electric MPV, the ID.Buzz is in a class of its own. Due to its retro styling it’s a complete head-turner no matter where you’re driving, with inspiration from the original 20th century icon, VW Microbus, being starkly obvious. It also has an incredibly comfortable interior that can seat up to five people easily (a seven-seater is coming in 2024), while it also adds technology and safety features that the old VW bus could only dream of.
When you lease a VW ID.Buzz with GRIDSERVE, you gain the advantage of incorporating maintenance (optional) expenses into your leasing agreement for added convenience. Furthermore, our comprehensive network of chargers, known as the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway, spans across the UK, ensuring seamless journey planning by providing numerous charging options tailored to your VW ID.Buzz. With our robust charging infrastructure, you can confidently locate charging stations, enabling you to conveniently charge your ID.Buzz whenever and wherever you require.
There are three options when looking to lease the VW ID.Buzz MPV.
Life trim level is the base option. Equipped with a 77 kWh battery and a single-motor rear-wheel drive system, the Life trim provides a range of up to 258 miles. It comes with several notable features as standard, including a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Style trim level builds upon the features of the Life trim, offering an elevated experience. It introduces several enhancements such as LED matrix headlights, adaptive cruise control, and a convenient hands-free power tailgate. These additions enhance both the style and functionality of the vehicle, providing an upgraded and convenient driving experience.
The 1st Edition of the ID. Buzz represents a special, limited-edition trim level exclusively available during the first year of production. Building upon the features of the Style trim, the 1st Edition offers striking 21-inch wheels, an immersive BeatsAudio sound system, and the added convenience of a heat pump. By incorporating these extra elements, the 1st Edition delivers a unique and enhanced driving experience for those fortunate enough to acquire this exclusive trim level.
According to WLTP figures, the Life model of the ID.Buzz offers an approximate range of up to 258 miles, while the Style edition provides a range of 253 miles. It's important to note that the actual mileage you experience daily can vary and is influenced by various factors. These factors include your driving style, external temperature, car load, tyre pressure and battery health. By considering these variables, you can better gauge the expected range and plan your journeys accordingly.
The ID.Buzz offers ample space for passengers while the cargo area is equally impressive, providing a capacity of 1,121 litres with the rear seats up and expanding to a brilliant 2,205 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The ID.Buzz measures 4,712 mm in length, 1,985 mm in width and 1,899 mm in height. Thanks to its versatility, the ID.Buzz is well-suited for various purposes, including daily commuting, enjoyable road trips and efficient cargo transportation. It serves as an excellent choice for families, businesses and anyone seeking a spacious and practical vehicle to meet their diverse needs.
Leasing an ID.Buzz for your business is indeed an excellent choice, offering a wide range of benefits. The ID.Buzz features a spacious and adaptable interior, providing you with the flexibility to configure the seating arrangement according to your needs while also accommodating generous cargo capacity. Whether you require transportation for goods, equipment, or passengers, the ID.Buzz delivers the versatility you require.
One notable advantage of leasing an ID.Buzz for your business is the substantial savings you can enjoy on Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rates compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. These savings mean that more funds remain available for your business, allowing you to allocate resources strategically for growth and success. Furthermore, if your business requires multiple vehicles, our EV fleet solutions can be a valuable consideration.
By choosing to lease an ID.Buzz for your business, you not only benefit from its practicality and adaptability but also capitalise on cost savings and explore the potential of a sustainable fleet.