Here’s your first look at VW’s most affordable compact EV (sub £20k)

Equivalent Škoda and Cupra models will follow soon

4w ago

One of the major problems with EVs is they’re still too expensive, generally speaking. All manufacturers know this but only a few are actually doing something about it. VW is one of them.

This is VW’s latest compact electric car, smaller than the ID.3 and a lot more affordable. It’s called the ID.Life concept and when it’ll go in sale in its final production form, it should cost around $24,000, or £18,000.

It was unveiled at this year’s Munich Motor Show (IIA) and built on a shortened version of the car group’s MEB platform, using a 200-hp (+) electric motor that sends the power to the front wheels only.

Some of the quirky elements of the concept - such as the unzippable fabric roof that can apparently be used as a sleeping bag (sort of) - will not be present in the final production version (expected for 2025), and the interior will also be altered to look a bit more ‘normal’, but other than that, what you see is what you get. And that’s no bad thing because I think this looks better than the ID.3 and the ID.4.

Volkswagen Group will also introduce two twin models using the Škoda and Cupra badge, based on the same platform and priced in the same range. I’d definitely get the Cupra.

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Comments (26)

  • 24,000 EUR is not affordable at all. That'd be 48,000 quid in old money, which is a luxury model (new VW Passat in 2001). 24,000 EUR is the cost of a new roof (for me, just a comparison).

    I think they've all gone crazy.

      1 month ago
    • I agree it’s still a huge amount of money and I would like to see it lower but I just found out the other day that a smart fourtwo topped out at $25k. I think it’s a lot more of a car than the smart.

        1 month ago
    • I know. EVs are still too expensive

        1 month ago
  • I like this. The price is right. This will move move MOVE. They will sell em like hotcakes. This is where the industry needs to go. LOTS of people that don't have money enough to buy an EV. This direction is the fix. Great solution. Nice looking. Functional. Perfect!

      1 month ago
  • the background they used in the promo render is in Toronto, Ontario (specifically at King St and university Ave) and this the irl location just thought would add a fun little detail to this article

      28 days ago
  • Why do so many companies think we want a golf cart? I swear I've seen almost identical models coming from other manufacturers. They'll probably run canned ice cream truck music when it drives along. Or the Benny Hill theme.

      28 days ago
  • The product line, 'ID', is just pretentious. Only stupid environmentalists will consider paying this much for a vehicle that can't drive from London to Monaco.

      29 days ago
    • Do you know how far London to monaco is? There is only one car I can think of that car do that trip on one tank

        28 days ago