Volkswagen ID Prototype First Drive Indicates Tesla Should Be Worried


Late next year, the long-awaited Volkswagen ID hatchback will be revealed before reaching global markets in 2020. If this review of an early prototype is anything to go by, Tesla should be taking the threat of the ID very seriously.

During a recent round of testing of the all-electric hatchback near Cape Town in South Africa, the Fully Charged channel on YouTube was invited for an early drive of the vehicle.

Despite development of the vehicle still in its preliminary stages, it was immediately apparent to the reviewer that the ID will be an excellent car when it hits the market. Even as a prototype, they found it “absolutely, annoyingly amazing.”

The base model is expected to arrive with a battery pack offering around 206 miles (331 km) of range and a price roughly the same as a current-generation Golf diesel. High-end models will enjoy larger battery packs, including one with a very impressive range of 342 miles (550 km) according to the new, stricter WLTP standards.

The ID hatchback, which might be named the Neo, will also offer support for 125 kW fast charging, which will enable it to charge its battery to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.

VW’s EV will rival the likes of the Tesla Model 3, BMW i3, and upcoming long-range Nissan Leaf. Customers will be able to pre-order the car from spring 2019.


  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    I’m no fan of Volkswagen, but Tesla should be worried! Nissan were the first to bring an affordable mass-product EV to market. Jaguar, Audi and Hyundai have launched their own and others like Volkswagen are following suit. Many world-class innovative car manufacturers of the 20th Century went bust, nothing has changed radically to stop that happening in the 21st Century, so Tesla is not immune.

  • Sébastien

    200hp EV in 2020, I think Tesla doesn’t have to worry just yet

    • Marty

      That’s less time than between the official presentation of the base Tesla 3 and when it will be available. And VW will probably have full manufacturing capacity from day one.
      But again, I don’t see Tesla as the competitor.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Sébastien, when you grow up you’ll understand this has nothing to do with horsepower. Tesla should be worried about Volkswagen’s ability to successfully mass-manufacture cars for a profit. Their sales and profitability would make Tesla look totally insignificant and Volkswagen’s potential success would steal Elon’s limelight.

      • Sébastien

        I’m just stating the obvious: no point in comparing EV on the market now with cheaper ones in 18mo…
        I welcome as many EV players as possbile, I’m just waiting for releases not just announces

  • Marty

    Can’t we just stop the tired nagging about Tesla as soon as EVs are brought up?

    We can acknowledge what they did to boost the perception of EVs, but it’s time to move on and talk about the cars that normal people will buy.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      “…but it’s time to move on and talk about the cars that normal people will buy.”

      Are you claiming people that buy cars from Tesla are not normal? I certainly would.

      • Marty

        No, I don’t really claim that. I’m sorry I can’t back you up on your prejudices. 😉

        English is not my first language – maybe common/average/ordinary are better terms for what I was going for. The only place I know where Tesla is a car for ordinary people is Norway. But that’s no average country.

        • Stephen G

          Don’t mid POH, you used the word correctly. Most Americans don’t have a good grasp of their own language. Watch one of Trump’s speeches…you’ll know what I mean.

    • GT

      Agree. It’s not Telsa or VW, or whoever else. EV sales are about to explode as many affordable options come on stream. I expect demand to increase (roughly) in line with availability.

  • Nexus7

    In 2020? And still with a range of 200 miles?
    So a manufacturing giant like VW has to tease this car for what, 2 years now, and their engineering and manufacturing still is nowhere production ready?
    Anyhow, mild hybrids will have taken over the market and made these toy cars irrelevant by then.

    • Daniela Wolf

      And who is producing most mild hybrids? VW – Audi 😛

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      2020 is just 369 days away. Cars with internal combustion engines will still be relevant, so too will those with mild hybrid systems. I know many dozens of people that do not drive more than 200 miles in a day, myself included. That’s tons of range for a truly affordable car.

    • Eric

      They have to make sure the bumpers won’t fall off on the first drive, the door gaps are reasonable and not reminiscent of 1st gen Saturns of yore, then setup their production lines to make sure the inside door panels wioll all be the same colour. You know… the basic stuff a serious manufacturer gets right the first time every time.

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  • Six_Tymes

    “absolutely, annoyingly amazing.”

    an idiotic comment

    • Alx

      Totally! And then the FWD comment… *insert eye-roll

  • Ditzebächer

    I think they will call it “Golf Neo”. It will definitive be an attractive car, which’s range will cover most dailys driving profiles of a current Golf / Astra / Leon / Megane / ,,, driver. I hope, they will also release a station wagon based on the Golf Neo, then bye bye to our 10 years old Touran..

  • Jim Jones ©

    As a fully certified petrol head with a dozen tuned modified horsepower monsters under my belt and two in the garage, I’m seriously interested in an EV for the times when I just want to sit back relax and get somewhere hassle free. 300+ miles on a charge, rear wheel drive, space for five, augmented reality HUD and connected 24/7 to the net…..I want one.

    Interesting times, no?

  • NoSnarkHere

    The ID concept looked great.

    The size, the shape. I hope that concept previews the next Golf MK VIII, of which likely many more will be sold than the ID.

    It is unlikely that what we’re seeing will just become the next e-golf, as this is built on the electrified MEB platform, which is distinct from the Golf 8’s continuation of the MQB.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Tesla has lots to worry about. They have to turn a profit – which they are only just managing to do. They’ve invested far too much in infrastructure and not paying enough attention to quality. If they don’t convince people to buy a second generation model (if they ever get that far) they will lost even more of their market share.

    • Stephen G

      Has GM or VW made a profit on their electric car programs?

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    You make it sound like some sort of socialist movement. It’s a business. It has to be profitable.


  • Dennis Scipio

    I’ll be convinced once I see the final product.

  • Stephen G

    Touché. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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