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Volkswagen ID.7 Review

The Volkswagen ID.7 has an impressive 383-mile official driving range, it’s a very refined motorway cruiser, it offers lots of space, and it features a significantly improved infotainment system.

  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.7
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Volkswagen ID.7 Pro Match 77 kWh 286 PS
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 383 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   175 kW

Summary

  • 383-mile official driving range
  • Very refined
  • Spacious
  • Improved infotainment system

Background

Volkswagen’s all-electric ID range in the UK has so far included the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and the ID. BUZZ, and now these cars are joined by the ID.7, ‘upper mid-size’ ‘fastback’ saloon with a long driving range. We’ve given positive reviews for all ID models to date, mainly with the exception of the infotainment system, which has featured a number of widely-reported issues, including requiring excessive button-pressing for many basic car controls. We attended the ‘global launch’ of the ID.7 (in a back street in Birmingham) in April 2023 when it was promised that the infotainment system would be much improved – so has Volkswagen delivered on that promise?

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Design & Engineering

The Volkswagen ID.7 shares the same platform as other ID models, with a 77 kWh (net)/82 kWh (gross) battery and a 286 PS electric motor delivering rear-wheel drive. You’re left with the impression that Volkswagen has gone all out for efficiency with the ID.7. The statistics support this, as the ID.7 has an official WLTP energy consumption figure of 4.7 miles/kWh. To date, the most efficient EVs have achieved around 4 miles/kWh, with an average figure being around 3.5 miles/kWh. The ID.7’s low drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd is a key factor in its efficiency, and the slippery aerodynamics are helped by the long (4,961mm) saloon body style that sits low down, unlike an SUV.

Its length of almost 5 metres also results in lots of space inside the ID.7 – in particular there’s a huge amount of limousine-like rear legroom, and a very long boot, which offers 532 litres of space, or a massive 1,586 litres with the rear seats folded down. There’s a compartment under the boot floor which isn’t particularly deep, but it does stretch all the way back to the rear seats, and can easily accommodate charging cables.

Volkswagen ID.7

Volkswagen ID.7

Volkswagen ID.7 Driving Experience

Like other ID models, there’s no need to push a button to start the ID.7, simply get in the car, twist the gear selector dial at the end of the stalk on the right-hand side of the steering column, and you’re off.

It won’t take long to become aware that the ID.7 is extremely refined, with very comfortable ride quality. It’s on the motorway when this becomes most evident; things are so quiet and relaxed that it feels like you’re doing 30 mph, but when you check your speed, you’re actually doing 70 mph.

The ID.7 is rear-wheel drive, so handling and grip is much better than a front-wheel drive EV. There are three drive modes, Eco, Comfort and Sport, but don’t think that Sport mode will deliver a sporty driving experience, because that’s not what this car is about; there’s certainly very little playfulness in the traction control settings, as is typical of Volkswagen EVs (presumably an intentional decision to keep a distance from the Audi and Porsche brands). If you select Sport mode, then the ID.7 won’t restart in Sport mode, it will revert to Comfort.

It’s worth noting that you can also choose ‘Individual’ driving mode, with the ability to choose Comfort or Sport settings for driving dynamics, steering, drive, exterior engine sound, ACC and air conditioning.

If you want to increase the amount of brake regeneration you can do this by choosing the ‘B’ setting on the gear selector. We very rarely talk about braking performance here at Green Car Guide because the vast majority of the latest EVs have brakes that are perfectly adequate for the average motorist. However normal pressure on the ID.7’s brake pedal doesn’t result in the level of braking that you would expect in other cars – you really need to stamp on the pedal to come to the sort of stop that you need.

There was also one occasion when the car slammed on the brakes by itself when reversing, even though the car wasn’t due to hit anything.

The ID.7 features the ‘IQ.LIGHT’ – LED matrix headlights with automatic headlight control, and these certainly offer impressive lighting at night.

But what about the promised big improvement with the ID.7 – the infotainment system? In case you’re not aware of the issues with previous ID infotainment systems, these include a lack of sensible shortcut buttons and no separate climate controls, resulting in too much button-pressing to operate basic car controls. So we’re delighted to confirm that the large 15-inch central touchscreen (which has a lot of information on it) now always has shortcut buttons at the top, and permanent climate controls at the bottom, which even remain at the bottom of the screen when Apple CarPlay is in use, which is very unusual – with the vast majority of new cars featuring climate controls only on the touchscreen, it’s impossible to view and therefore change climate settings when using Apple CarPlay.

Other new features include ‘smart vents’, which give the ability to adjust where the ventilation comes from by dragging your finger on the graphic of the air vents on the screen. The ID.7 also sorts out the climate settings itself, as demonstrated by the car defrosting the windscreen automatically when we got in the car.

Already this is a big improvement. But Volkswagen has also enabled the driver to choose which shortcut buttons are displayed at the top of the screen, by adding your ‘favourites’. So you can choose shortcuts of your liking, such as nav, media, phone, Apple CarPlay, and drive modes; what would you choose?

The Porsche Taycan, and the Audi e-tron – both products of the wider Volkswagen Group – had well thought-out touchscreen menus and sub-menus from the start, so how did Volkswagen manage not to do this?

Another issue with many new cars is the very complicated process of switching off systems such as lane departure warning via various menus and sub-menus on the touchscreen. The ID.7 has one main assist button to press, then it’s just a case of selecting the items you want to switch off – which is much better – although you have to do this again the next time you start the car, or even if you get out of the driver’s seat for a couple of seconds (when the car switches itself off).

Another improvement is that the ‘slider’ controls under the touchscreen for the cabin temperature and the volume are now illuminated at night. Yes, you read that correctly – and yes, we’re still mystified as to how Volkswagen forgot to light these up at night in the previous ID models, and why it took so long to change this.

As well as the touchscreen, there’s also an instrument display in front of the driver, which is very small – and there’s also a similarly-sized head-up display projected on to the windscreen.

Other available features include a new panoramic sunroof with smart glass which can be switched between opaque and transparent settings by touch control, seats that can give you a massage, and you can also give voice commands to the new in-car assistant, now called ‘IDA’.

Volkswagen ID.7

Volkswagen ID.7

Volkswagen ID.7 Electric Range and Charging

The Volkswagen ID.7 Pro Match 77 kWh 286 PS has a WLTP combined electric driving range of 383 miles – which is impressive. After a week of mixed driving in winter the average real-world range was 310 miles.

The ID.7 has a maximum DC rapid charging rate of 175 kW. Volkswagen claims that a 5% to 80% charge can take just 28 minutes, and a 10-minute charge can add 126 miles of range.

Using an 11 kW 3-phase AC electricity supply, a charge to 100% can be completed in 8 hours.

As covered earlier in this review, the ID.7 is very efficient, with a WLTP consumption figure of 4.7 miles/kWh. Although the ID.7 has heated seats and a heated steering wheel, a heat pump – which uses heat from the powertrain to help warm the cabin in cold weather – isn’t standard, but a £1,050 option.

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Volkswagen ID.7

Volkswagen ID.7

Price And Model Range

The Volkswagen ID.7 Pro Match 77 kWh 286 PS costs £51,550. Our test car had the option of a heat pump (£1,050).

Other features of the ID.7 include an augmented-reality (AR) head-up display as standard, automatically controlled air vents with electronic actuators, new ergoActive seats with a new pressure point massage function and (in the top-of-the-range seat) automatic air conditioning.

The ID.7 is the first Volkswagen to be available with the new ‘Smart Glass’ panoramic roof, which can be switched to become either transparent or opaque almost instantly via an electronic layer in the glass.

The ID.7 has an 8 year/100,000 mile battery warranty.

Other than the Pro Launch Edition, the Pro Match is the only ID.7 trim level currently available. In time the ID.7 will be available with three battery sizes, including the largest battery yet to appear in an electric Volkswagen, at 91 kWh (86 kWh usable capacity), which is expected to give a range of up to 435 miles.

Volkswagen ID.7

Volkswagen ID.7

Conclusion

The Volkswagen ID.7 offers limousine-levels of space and an impressive driving range. It’s an excellent place to spend lots of time on motorways, when you’re likely to find that you’re going much faster than you think due to the car’s refinement. The infotainment system is much improved compared to the other ID models, thanks to new features such as customisable shortcut buttons at the top of the screen, and permanent climate controls at the bottom of the screen – which remain visible even if Apple CarPlay is being used. However the ID.7 isn’t the most engaging EV to drive, and you have to exert a lot of pressure on the brake pedal to slow the car down. The Volkswagen ID.7 is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Volkswagen ID.7 Review

  • Test electric driving range: 310 miles (winter)
  • Consumption (WLTP): 4.7 miles/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2024/25): 2%
  • Price:   £51,550
  • Insurance group:   38E
  • Power:   286 PS
  • Torque:   545 Nm
  • Max speed:   112 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   6.5 seconds
  • Weight:   2,172 kg
  • Towing capacity:  1,200 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor