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Review – Volkswagen ID.7, an extraordinary EV with Rolls-Royce space

February 29, 2024

What is the Volkswagen ID.7 anyway?

The Volkswagen ID.7 is a somewhat difficult car to place. Because it is huge, almost five meters even. In terms of price, it comes close to a Tesla Model 3, as well as a BMW i4, although it is again comparable in size to a BMW i5 and Tesla Model S. Alternatives are the Hyundai IONIQ 6 and BYD Seal or BYD Han. So the liftback – because that’s what the Volkswagen ID.7 is – is a somewhat unique car. The interior space is particularly impressive, as you have extremely large legroom, especially in the back seat. The rear seat is also slightly tilted, making you very comfortable in the back as well.

Weight masking

The Volkswagen ID.7 can partially mask its weight of just under 2,200 kilograms with 77 kWh battery. Especially when taking fast turns, you really notice that the weight pushes a bit on the car. The emphasis is clearly on luxury and comfort, but the steering feel is quite pleasing. The steering provides adequate feedback. Of course, you can play with the car’s character by switching between driving modes Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual.

Volkswagen ID7

Infotainment system works great!

Volkswagen’s infotainment system works perfectly and is quite an improvement over previous systems in ID models. All functions can be found super fast and navigation commands also start almost instantly. The voice assistant IDA – to be activated with “Hello IDA” – also works well and listens well to your voice commands. Furthermore, it’s nice that some driving assistance systems – such as the mandatory speed alert or lane assist – can be turned off within two seconds. Pretty nice.

Extremely economical

What else stands out? The Volkswagen ID7 proves extremely fuel-efficient in practice. Over a distance of more than 110 kilometers, we consumed an average of 16.3 kWh per 100 kilometers. That’s almost the factory quote. The conditions were about 10 degrees, seat heater on, steering wheel heater on and a maximum speed of 108 mph. So a neat performance by the ID7. If you are looking for an energy-efficient electric car, then the ID7 is definitely a good option!

Volkswagen ID7

Drying clothes in Volkswagen ID.7?

A notable feature is the ability to dry your clothes. Say you had a spirited presentation with sweat beading down your back, it’s nice to dry that wet back quickly. In the ID.7 you can, because the seats have a “blow-dry” function, where a combination of hot and cold air have blown through your back in no time. A feature we have not seen in cars before. In the video below, we take a closer look at the ID7.

VOLKSWAGEN ID7 (2024), a budget Rolls-Royce? – REVIEW – AutoRAI TV

Panoramic roof with special glass

The optional panoramic roof with electro-chromatic glass works perfectly. Because with a simple swipe you can choose to let heat and light through, while you can also opt for “milk glass” where objects actually disappear from view. On a hot day, that can be nice.

Heat pump is not standard

A heat pump is not standard in the Netherlands. The importer gives as its reason that temperatures in the Netherlands are almost always often mild, so you don’t always need such a heat pump. The buyer gets to decide whether to buy a heat pump for 1,090 euros. The advantage of a heat pump is that you can heat the interior more efficiently. Your range does not decrease because you do not use energy from the battery. Especially in winter, this has its advantages, but really harsh winters do not occur in the Netherlands.

Two versions

The Volkswagen ID.7 Pro Business comes from 61,490 euros. There will also be a cheaper Pro version costing 59,950 euros. This comes standard on the Pro Business.

Standard on the Pro Business

Options Volkswagen ID.7

Of course, there are options. Consider 20-inch Montreal wheels (590 euros) or another interior finish with Microfiber. That will cost you 2,290 euros. There is then a choice of white or black. Volkswagen also provides an Exterior Package Plus for 2,490 euros. This package includes a panoramic roof with smart glass, Progressive Steering (Progressive Steering), Adaptive Suspension Control (Dynamic Chassis Control) with 15 different modes and front side windows that are soundproof. The rear side windows and rear window are lightly tinted. The ID.7 can further be ordered with IQ.Light LED Matrix headlights, equipped with smart features such as dynamic cornering and bad weather lighting. Do you want a tow bar? Then you will pay 1,090 euros for it.


ID.7 lineup expansion

Volkswagen is still coming out with an ID.7 Pro S with an 86 kWh battery pack, 200 kW fast-charging capability and a range of about 700 kilometers according to the WLTP test standard. The engine is identical to the normal ID.7: 286 hp in other words. In addition, the brand is coming out with an ID.7 GTX. That one gets 340 horsepower. In addition, in 2024, Volkswagen will come out with the ID.7 Tourer, an estate version with even more luggage space. When five people are on board, a luggage volume of up to 545 liters is available, measured to the height of the rear seat backrest. When folded down, the capacity of the nearly two-meter-long cargo area can increase to as much as 1,714 liters.

Volkswagen ID7 2024

Conclusion review Volkswagen ID7

The Volkswagen ID.7 is not the cheapest, but it is extremely spacious, and given the size of the car and its space, you are basically buying Rolls-Royce space for a price considerably lower than, say, a BMW i5 or i5 Touring. Moreover, the ID.7 is one of the most comfortable choices in the BEV segment. Although you could also argue that with a Skoda Superb – also available as a Combi – you’re still much cheaper, without sacrificing comfort and space. You’re just missing an EV powertrain. And that Skoda comes from about 40 grand. So that saves a lot of euros. Choices, choices and another choice. Will it be gasoline or electric? And if it becomes electric, what do you choose?

Volkswagen ID7

Volkswagen ID7 2024

Volkswagen ID7