The Volkswagen ID. Buzz concept made its debut at the Detroit motor show way back in 2017, and TG – along with the rest of the world’s media – begged VW to make it. Within a few weeks they caved, and now at long last we have an actual date for the big reveal: 9 March 2022. Get that in your diary as we’ll be there. But before the final car is revealed we got behind the wheel of a suitably hippyish prototype. So here’s ’s Head of Car Testing – Ollie Marriage – with five things you need to know. Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?
what does the future of the car look like well maybe it looks like this that’s right a van now you’ll have to ignore the jazzy camo all over it because behind it is one of the most exciting new cars of the year it’s the volkswagen ide buzz and here’s what you need to know it’s all electric well duh it’s based on the same underpinnings as the id3 and id4 which means it has a 77 kilowatt hour battery feeding power to a 204 horsepower electric motor driving the rear wheels the range well hopefully around 250 miles at the moment i’m 95 full and i’ve got 200 miles and it’s a cold day the id buzz comes in two guises this one is a five seat family hauler but you’ll also be able to have an id buzz cargo which gives you another seat up front but ditches those in the back and fills in the rear windows both versions come with sliding doors on either side but don’t worry if you want more versatility other versions will come somewhere down the line with longer wheelbases and bigger batteries for more range probably with twin motor setups so maybe with up to 400 horsepower it recreates the vibe of the original well i used to have an original and the vive that gave me was usually stranded and miserable at the side of the a30 but the surf truck vibe is right this should be traveling made fun it’s as big as a caravel well almost it’s about 200 mil shorter about 30 mil lower and about 60 mil wider unfortunately i can’t show you the interior because it’s a camo car it’s a prototype it’s all covered in a big sheet at the moment but it feels good in here windscreen is miles away from you and you’ve got it feels like a football goal you sort of look into that whole area it’s all glassy and lovely it’s brilliant to drive which is to say that electric really suits it because you never bought a van for its engine character and charisma you were just impressed by its diesel economy but electric feels really good in a van it feels so smooth and capable and easy to drive and yeah you’ve still got the all-important caravel touches of a very sort of slightly upright and commanding driving position and most importantly of all armrests to rest your elbows on these things are so comfortable to do distance in one potential drawback if you do towing though the caravel has a two and a half ton capacity this only just over one ton it’s the suv of the future yes it’s likely to start at about 50 000 pounds so ballpark suv money and that may sound expensive but the caravels and this have an ace up their sleeve if you look at their residual values they hold their money very very well indeed and doesn’t it look like a brighter cleverer solution for the future than your average suv it’s less pretentious less aggressive and better at delivering the greatest luxury of all for a family car space the electric age needs a new shape a new style here it is you