Volkswagen ID 6 X 2021 test Car News

What is that?

This is the Volkswagen ID 6 SUV, which was until recently considered an all-Chinese model within the German brand’s growing ID sub-range.

However, that positioning in the global lineup could be about to change, as rumor has it that this car – Volkswagen’s biggest battery-powered model to date – is heading to Europe as an import.

The ID 6 is essentially an extended wheelbase version of the ID 4, designed to accommodate up to seven people. In all other dimensions the two cars are very similar, the ID 6 being less than 40mm taller and 30mm longer than the ID 4. In fact, in the flesh, the only easy way to differentiate visually both is via the badges on the trunk and the larger rear window of the ID 6.

Two variations exist – the ID 6 X tested here and the chunkier-looking ID 6 Crozz, each made by one of Volkswagen’s joint venture partners Chinise (SAIC Volkswagen is building the X in Shanghai, while FAW -Volkswagen builds the Crozz in Foshan).

Under the skin, four powertrain configurations will be offered in China. Three will be RWD with the battery 58kWh or 77kWh and 177bhp or 201bhp; and the top of the range will be a 302 hp, 77 kWh car with all-wheel drive.

It’s the flagship we’re testing here, and while there aren’t any official figures for range yet, we’d expect this car to handle a little less than the ID 4’s 298 miles. GTX.

What does it look like?

The pervasive sense of familiarity with the ID 6 extends to the simplistic interior. It gets the same 5.3-inch instrument screen as the ID 4, as well as the 12-inch infotainment touchscreen. Much of the control of the latter is via touch-sensitive icons, but there are also a few capacitive buttons lined up underneath. Frankly, these could be more responsive, as we’ve learned with the ID models already in the UK, especially for selecting things like the ride mode. The user interface also remains a problem in general.

The materials on this top-of-the-line Prime-trim car are good quality nonetheless, and there are a lot of soft-touch elements beyond the quilt-effect sets. However, the almost pink plastic marking the top and bottom division of this car’s dashboard looks a bit cheap. Hard plastics elsewhere are not too much to find.

Where the Touareg-sized ID 6 excels is in space. The second row is really sprawling and the third row will be quite usable by most adults, although taller passengers will have a hard time getting comfortable on long trips – mainly due to the modest space. for the legs, but also because the headroom is hampered by the gently sloping roofline.

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This notice was published: 2021-12-13 00:01:23

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