Here’s your first look at VW’s most affordable compact EV (sub £20k)
Equivalent Škoda and Cupra models will follow soon
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.