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Volkswagen ID.7 (2023) test: promises kept?

The ID family expands. After a compact sedan (ID.3), two SUVs (ID. 4 & 5) and a large van (ID. Buzz), it’s the big sedan’s turn ID.7 to enter the electric range of Volkswagen. This model, which wants to be premium, has important issues and objectives. Already, restore the image of the ID range. With the IDs. 3, 4 and 5, the perceived quality was not worthy of the asking price. The in-house on-board computer system, which was not very ergonomic, penalized the driving experience. Then, with the ID.7, VW offers itself a “flagship” vehicle, equipped with the very latest technologies available on the market. Last point, and not least, that of autonomy. The electric sedan claims a minimum of 620 km in the WLTP cycle from the first trim level. After a world premiere last April, we were finally able to try the model on the roads of Provence. Promises kept for the ID.7?

Technical: new engine and large battery

Still platform-based MEB, the Volkswagen ID.7 is the first large electric sedan from the German manufacturer. Located on the rear axle, the ID.7 inaugurates a whole new engine (APP550)which will also equip the future Cupra Tavascan or even theID. Buzz LWB (long chassis). This new electric powertrain is both more powerful, with 210 kW, but also more efficient. It develops 286 ch for a significant couple of 550 Nm. photo credit: Panoramic The ID.7 is sold in two versions: A model ID.7 Pro with a battery of 77 kWh et 620 km autonomy WLTP A model ID.7 Pro S with a larger battery 86 kWh et 700 km claimed in WLTP cycle For the moment, only the version Pro is made available, the long-range model should arrive by summer 2024. photo credit: Pierre H. / At 100% charge, our model equipped with the battery 77 kWh poster 518 km available. An encouraging score given the size of the vehicle. It remains to be seen what it will be like on the road…

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