Read Caroline’s Volkswagen ID Buzz review for everything you need to know about buying Volkswagen’s new electric people carrier in Ireland.

The long-awaited Volkswagen ID Buzz arrived in Ireland last year, a modern take on the classic Volkswagen Microbus and winner of Irish Car of the Year 2023.

With a 77kWh battery and up to 425 kilometres (WLTP) of electric driving, the new ID Buzz marks the start of a new electric era for Volkswagen people carriers and MPVs.

It is now Volkswagen’s largest electric model within the ID range of electric vehicles. Priced from €68,470, it is a high-end vehicle with van-loads of charm.

The Volkswagen ID Buzz on test for Changing Lanes!
The Volkswagen ID Buzz on test for Changing Lanes!

What’s so special about the Volkswagen ID Buzz?

Just look at it! The new ID Buzz takes the iconic style of the original Microbus and brings it right up to date. All the classic design cues are there, like the square silhouette and wheels pushed out to the corners. There are four trim levels for Ireland and wheel sizes vary from 19- to 20-inch. They really add to the smart, futuristic and ‘electrified’ look of the 21st century Buzz.

Let’s not forget this is a big ‘bus’, measuring about 4.7 metres in length. Though despite this, it’s remarkably easy to handle and manoeuvre on the road. The ID Buzz is five seat only for now,, but seven seat versions will arrive later.

With a range of bright colour options and the choice of a two-tone paint finish inspired by the original, this is a car that makes people smile wherever it goes.

There are loads of practical features including sliding doors and a huge boot of over 1000 litres.

For space and practicality, it doesn’t get much better than the ID Buzz.

The cabin of the ID Buzz
The cabin of the ID Buzz

Inside the ID Buzz

The cabin of the ID Buzz is as cheerful as the outside of this car. It’s a bright and colourful space with an open, lounge-like feel. You sit high in the driver’s seat, ‘van-like’. But the ID Buzz is far better furnished than most vans I know!

There are coloured interiors to match the exterior paint of the car. The two-tone look adds fun to the cabin of the Buzz. It feels solid and well-made, with lots of modern features like a full digital driver display and large touchscreen (10- or 12-inch) with Apple Car Play/Android Auto. There are touchscreen controls for the ventilation but a short cut button at least brings up the menu quicker.

A wireless smartphone charger comes as standard, as well as lots of USB-C ports dotted around the cabin. There’s also dual zone climate control, heated front seats, parking sensors, and cruise control.

There’s loads of storage space, ideal for families on the go, including the ‘Buzzbox’ removal storage compartment between the two front seats.

Some versions get a powered tailgate, which is useful as there is quite a large, heavy bootlid. The boxy shape of the Buzz makes for a very practical, square-shaped boot that’s easy to load and unload.

There’s loads of headroom and legroom in row two with a bright, airy feel. Though it’s worth noting the rear windows don’t open and there’s no ventilation vents in the centre console for rear passengers either.

The ID Buzz on sale now from €68,470
The ID Buzz on sale now from €68,470

Driving it

The new ID Buzz is built on the same platform as other electric vehicles from VW like the ID.4. So it may look like a van from the outside, but it’s surprisingly car-like in the way it feels and behaves on the road.

The controls are all nicely-weighted and the electric powertrain adds a level of smoothness to the drive that many van drivers may be unfamiliar with. It’s quiet enough on the motorway at high speeds and comfortable too – though it can be a bit bumpier on country roads.

The 77kWh battery realistically will deliver over 300 kilometres of electric range, which is good but longer trips will still require a few stops for a fast charge at up to 135kW. AC charging possible up to 11kW.

The Buzz is easy to drive and can hustle along nicely. Though it is best enjoyed at a more leisurely pace. There’s a 204hp motor powering the back wheels, with 0 to 100km/h completed in 10.2 seconds.

Over 1000 litres of boot space in the new ID Buzz
Over 1000 litres of boot space in the new ID Buzz

Did you like it?

It’s hard not to like the ID Buzz. It’s such a cheerful car to behold and a bit of a marvel technology wise – a battery-powered version of an icon with decent range that’s good to drive too.

The Buzz scores very high for practicality and is an ideal vehicle for families. It is expensive however for a family car, priced in the region of upmarket electric SUVs like the BMW iX3 and Mercedes-Benz EQB. But this is a charming alternative that really is in a class of its own.

Model tested: Volkswagen ID Buzz Max
Price: 
€78,515
Battery:
  77kWh
Range: 425 km (WLTP)
Power: 204hp
Torque: 310Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.2 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Volkswagen ID Buzz makes a great family car with iconic style
The Volkswagen ID Buzz makes a great family car with iconic style