This front-wheel-drive electric hatchback certainly looks like a Golf, but it remains to be seen whether it will get the ID. Golf badge.
March 15, 2023 bee 2:00 p.m. ET
Volkswagen’s long-awaited affordable electric car is finally here – albeit in concept form – and it’s completely different from the ID. Life that debuted in September 2021.
It’s called the ID. 2all and it offers a first glimpse of Volkswagen’s future EV arriving in Europe in 2025 with a base price of less than $26,400 (€25,000). Looking at the photos, it’s pretty clear that this is less of a futuristic concept car and more of a pre-production study.
At the same time, the design of the Volkswagen ID. 2all certainly looks more familiar to brand aficionados than the ill-fated ID. The life that was avoided by the leaders in Wolfsburg. Will it be an ID badge. Golf when it comes into production? That’s likely as VW has confirmed it’s also working on a sub-$21,000 (€20,000) EV, likely the Cupra UrbanRebel twin.
Now the ID.2all is a very important car for Volkswagen for two obvious reasons. The first is the target price, which will open up a huge market segment for VW, while the second is the fact that the ID. 2all is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB Entry platform for front-wheel drive models. This means the production model will be the brand’s first FWD MEB model.
Volkswagen says the ID. 2all offers “highly efficient drive, battery and charging technology”. The front-mounted engine produces 166 kilowatts (222 hp), about the same power as in a base VW Golf GTI. This enables a Golf GTI-like acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 7 seconds.
While the automaker doesn’t reveal battery capacity, it says target range is up to 280 miles (450 kilometers) on the WLTP test cycle. We also learn that the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 20 minutes at DC fast charging stations. The ID. 2all also offers the option of charging at home or at public AC charging points up to 11 kW.
The MEB Entry platform is wrapped in a five-door hatchback body that is 9.2 inches (234 millimeters) shorter than the current Golf hatchback. The ID. 2all is 159.4 in (4,050 mm) long, 71.3 in (1,812 mm) wide, 60.2 in (1,530 mm) high and has a wheelbase of 102.3 in (2,600 mm) – less than an inch shorter than the Golf Mk8’s wheelbase.
Gallery: Volkswagen ID. 2all concept
The styling offers a taste of Volkswagen’s new design language, which, according to design boss Andreas Mindt, is “based on the three pillars of stability, sympathy and excitement”.
Styling highlights include the friendly face with a full-width LED light bar, bulging wheel arches filled with 20-inch wheels on 225/40 R20 tires that give the car a powerful look, a straight window line, hidden rear door handles and new design of the C-pillar, which harks back to the first Golf. It clearly looks like a VW, and the ID. Golf badge would fit like a glove.
The interior is also clean and simple, with a sleek dashboard, a bridge-type center console, two rectangular displays – a 12.9-inch center touchscreen with a new menu structure and a 10.9-inch digital cockpit – and a large panoramic sunroof .
The ID.2 all also has a head-up display, a separate control panel for the air conditioning under the main screen (with illuminated buttons) and two large inductive charging interfaces for smartphones on the center console – there are also two magnetic holders with inductive charging function in the backrests of the front seats. Speaking of the center console, it also contains a rotary knob that controls other vehicle functions.
In addition, the EV concept introduces new power seats with massage function and a new multifunction steering wheel with two thumbwheels on the left and right and two buttons each. Numerous USB-C interfaces (45 watts) are dotted around the cabin, while a fully usable 230V power outlet can be used to power larger devices.
Thanks to the efficient packaging of the MEB Entry platform, the VW ID. 2all offers considerably more interior space than a VW Golf. The trunk holds 17.3 cubic feet (490 liters), but with the rear seats folded (40:60 split), that increases to 47 cubic feet (1,330 liters). When the front passenger seat backrest is also folded down, the ID. 2all offers a continuous loading space of 2.20 metres.
In addition, the ID.2 all has a rectangular storage compartment under the floor of the trunk in which, for example, several bags with groceries can be stored, while a storage compartment with a capacity of 50 liters is located under the rear seat. , which can be folded in one easy movement. This lockable compartment is suitable for larger devices such as laptops and tablets.
Despite being the smallest ID. model to date, the production model whose ID has previewed. 2all will be equipped with technology from larger models. These include the latest version of the Travel Assist Level 2 ADAS, Park Assist Plus with memory function, IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, 3D LED rear light clusters united by a horizontal LED strip and ID.Light interactive light signals for the driver.