Volkswagen ID Life Concept Review

Price: £20,000 - £25,000 (estimated)

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8/10

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Due to arrive in 2025, Volkswagen's smallest ID model to date could be a real game-changer

  • Battery size: 57kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.50
  • E-Rating™: A+

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  • Max charge rate: 100 kW
  • Range: 250 miles

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  • Battery size: 57kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.50
  • E-Rating™: A+

    ​​Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​​

  • Max charge rate: 100 kW
  • Range: 250 miles
  • Electrifying.com E-Rating A+
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 29/09/2021・Updated: 14/10/2022

Ginny Says

“The more I see this of car, the more I like it. 2025 seems an awfully long time to wait for it to arrive, but if Volkswagen can nail the price at under £20k, it will have a real winner on its hands.”

Tom Says

“I really like the bubble-wrap roof and half steering wheel, but I just know they'll disappear by the time it makes production. That said, it promises to be a great little package. Roll on 2025.”

​​Got questions? We've put together the most frequently-asked topics below. If there's something we haven't answered here or in the review then let us know on our contact page.

When we will see the ID Life in the UK?
Volkswagen has confirmed that 2025 is the target date for the ID Life to appear as a production car in showrooms. It will be badged ID.2 to fit in Volkswagen’s ID range and will sit below the current ID.3 which will be approaching replacement by 2025. 

Will it only have one battery size?
It’s likely that Volkswagen will offer a variety of battery size options, as it has done with the ID.3 and ID.4. The range is likely to start with a 40kWh pack that will deliver a range of around 130-160 miles. This will be the £20,000 model and is expected to be fairly thin on equipment. A mid-spec 58kWh pack is likely, but due to the space constraints, the larger 77kWh currently offered with both ID. models is unlikely to be offered.

Will there be an ID.1?
We assume so. However, to undercut the ID.2 (ID Life), Volkswagen will need to offer the car for around £16,000. At current battery costs, this would be impossible, so Volkswagen will need to gamble that the wholesale cost of battery cells will continue to fall to make this possible. 

Will ŠKODA and SEAT make their own, cheaper, versions?
Nothing has been officially confirmed, but Volkswagen will want a return on its investment in its electric car architecture (called MEB Platform), so will want as many in-house brands to use it. ŠKODA has already hinted at plans to offer a small electric car, so it is likely to use the ID.2’s foundations as a starting point.

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