Entry price should be below 20,000 euros
With the ID Life study, VW showed at the IAA 2021 how to imagine an entry-level electric car. The production version should be called ID.1 or ID.2. The technical basis of the small ID is the MEB (modular electric drive kit), on which ID.3 and ID.4 are also already available. The price of the ID.1 is particularly interesting. As an entry into VW’s electrical division around 20,000 euros targeted. It will take some time before the ID.1 rolls out on the road in series production by 2025.
Optics: light signature and basic shape should go into series production
The AUTO BILD illustration shows what the production version could look like. The body shape should be retained. It is more classic than the ID.3 and ID.4, reminiscent of the brand’s combustion SUVs. The study seems quite sterile, the production version should be more of a car. Elements such as the light signature should also make it into the series, but without the illuminated logo. The apron underneath should be based on the other electric models from VW: large air intake and honeycomb grille in front of it. Paneling on the wheel arches and on the sill trim the car to look like an SUV, but the two-tone paintwork of our illustration should only be available for an extra charge.
Dimensions like the VW Polo
The dimensions of the ID Life are suitable for big cities and could thus be adopted for the series: 4.10 meters in length meet 1.84 meters in width and 1.60 meters in height. The wheelbase is 2.65 meters and promises space like in the compact class. That Trunk volume can also be seen for a small car: the 410 to 1285 liters of the study are an ambitious target for a small electric SUV.
Interior: the front seats look like a single bench
AUTO BILD already had the chance to take a closer look at ID Life. Unfortunately, VW didn’t allow us to sit down for a moment. But at least we were allowed to take a closer look at the interior. The idea behind ID Life is clear. Chief designer Jozef Kaban wanted to avoid superfluous decorative elements and attachments inside and out. With success. The cockpit is reduced to the maximum. Fabric and wood dominate, creating a bright, almost homely ambience. The wide front seats, which offer the flair of a continuous bench seat and which can also be folded down, also go well with this. The futuristic, open-top steering wheel inevitably reminds of the Tesla Model S facelift and includes the at VW Speed range selection, indicators, horn and windshield wipers. A screen landscape like the one found in many current electric cars is in vain in the small VW. The smartphone takes care of navigation and entertainment. At least in part, because if you wish, the ID Life can be transformed into a gaming room or mobile cinema. At the push of a button, a screen moves from the inside in front of the windshield, projector and game console take care of the rest. This feature will probably not make it into the production version, but hopefully the clear cockpit layout will!
Drive: The VW ID.Life should achieve a range of 400 kilometers
They seem to be much more important tangible range targetsthat VW provided the study with on its way. With an output of 234 hp should the study 400 kilometers get far. It should go from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.9 seconds, top speed 180 km / h.