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New kind of Buzz! VW has blended the free-spirited feel of its original van with going electric, says RAY MASSEY, but there’s no campervan quite yet

Even while scraping ice off its frozen windows, I had warm summer sun, sea and surf in my heart as I climbed aboard Volkswagen’s new ID Buzz. 

For as deliveries start this week, VW has managed to blend the free-spirited feel of the original 60s and 70s hippy campervan with 21st-century electric zero emissions, green high-tech. And it really is fun. 

But it’s certainly not cheap. A 1st Edition model launched in June costing £62,995 sold out in a thrice.

Re-generation: The VW ID Buzz is an electric version of its hippy era Camper. But what's it like to drive on UK roads? With first deliveries just arriving in Britain, Ray Massey has taken the wheel to give his no-punches-pulled verdict on the electric MPV Re-generation: The VW ID Buzz is an electric version of its hippy era Camper. But what's it like to drive on UK roads? With first deliveries just arriving in Britain, Ray Massey has taken the wheel to give his no-punches-pulled verdict on the electric MPV

Re-generation: The VW ID Buzz is an electric version of its hippy era Camper. But what’s it like to drive on UK roads? With first deliveries just arriving in Britain, Ray Massey has taken the wheel to give his no-punches-pulled verdict on the electric MPV

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There are now two launch models — Life, which runs on 19in wheels and costs from £57,111, and the fully-stocked, higher-spec Style, which runs on 20 in wheels and is priced from £61,915, though with extras mine cost £65,465 on the road as tested with an orange and white interior. 

The rear-wheel drive ‘bus’ has a 204 hp (150 kW) electric motor powered by a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery and linked to a direct drive single-speed automatic gearbox that delivers rest to 62 mph in 10.2seconds up to a top speed of 90mph, and with a decent range of 255 miles. 

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How to save on car insurance: Ten top tips to cut the cost in just a few minutes The VW Buzz certainly looks the part, bringing the iconic VW 'bus' into the 21st century with modern styling and a fitting retro face The VW Buzz certainly looks the part, bringing the iconic VW 'bus' into the 21st century with modern styling and a fitting retro face

The VW Buzz certainly looks the part, bringing the iconic VW ‘bus’ into the 21st century with modern styling and a fitting retro face 

For its size the Buzz nippy and highly manoeuvrable with a taxi-like tight turning circle For its size the Buzz nippy and highly manoeuvrable with a taxi-like tight turning circle

For its size the Buzz nippy and highly manoeuvrable with a taxi-like tight turning circle

It has two conventional doors at the front, two van-like sliders behind, and a big lift-up power-hatch at the rear It has two conventional doors at the front, two van-like sliders behind, and a big lift-up power-hatch at the rear

It has two conventional doors at the front, two van-like sliders behind, and a big lift-up power-hatch at the rear 

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Sit in the seat, touch the brake and everything powers up. But if only everything was as simple as that, as Ray finds a major problem with the VW's interior Sit in the seat, touch the brake and everything powers up. But if only everything was as simple as that, as Ray finds a major problem with the VW's interior

Sit in the seat, touch the brake and everything powers up. But if only everything was as simple as that, as Ray finds a major problem with the VW’s interior

The interior is smart, bright and clutter free with soft-touch trim and a contemporary 'Silver Birch' veneer The interior is smart, bright and clutter free with soft-touch trim and a contemporary 'Silver Birch' veneer

The interior is smart, bright and clutter free with soft-touch trim and a contemporary ‘Silver Birch’ veneer

VW has managed to blend the free-spirited feel of the original 60s and 70s hippy campervan with 21st-century electric zero emissions VW has managed to blend the free-spirited feel of the original 60s and 70s hippy campervan with 21st-century electric zero emissions

VW has managed to blend the free-spirited feel of the original 60s and 70s hippy campervan with 21st-century electric zero emissions

There are three drive modes: eco, comfort and sport. The latter of these is pretty feisty, says Ray... There are three drive modes: eco, comfort and sport. The latter of these is pretty feisty, says Ray...

There are three drive modes: eco, comfort and sport. The latter of these is pretty feisty, says Ray…

‹ Slide me ›

There’s a vast, flat raised boot with ample room below and the rear 60:40 split bench seats fold down

Will it fit in my garage? Volkswagen ID Buzz 

Model: Style – SWB 77kWh Pro 204 PS 1-spd Automatic

Total price: £61,915.00

Price as tested with extras (OTR incl. VAT): £65,465

Seats: 5

Safety: Top 5-star EuroNCAP rating

Length: 4,712 mm

Width (inc mirrors): 2,211 mm

Width: (body only): 1985mm

Height: 1,937mm

Wheelbase: 2,989 mm

Gross weight: 3,000 kg

Unladen weight: 2,502 kg

Powertrain: electric motor

Drive: rear-wheel drive

Battery: 77 kWh Lithium-ion battery

Transmission: direct drive single speed gearbox

Maximum power: 204 Horse-power / 150 kW

0-62 mph: 10.2 seconds

Top speed: 90 mph

Range: 255 miles

CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

Energy Consumption: 2.93 miles/kWh, 21.2 kWh/62 miles

Turning circle: 11.1m

Charging time (DC): 170kW rapid charge TO 80%: 30 minutes

Charging Time (AC): 11 kW 3-phase: 7hr, 30 min (to 100%) 

Boot space with rear seats up: 1,121 litres

Boot space with rear seats down: 2,123litres

Trailer weight: up to 1,000 kg 

Warranty: 3 years / 100,000 miles

Battery Warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles

It has two conventional doors at the front, two van-like sliders behind, and a big lift-up power-hatch at the rear. 

There’s a vast, flat raised boot with ample room below and the rear 60:40 split bench seats fold down. 

The interior is smart, bright and clutter free with soft-touch trim and a contemporary ‘Silver Birch’ veneer. 

Mastering the basics is a doddle. 

The key fob alerts the car of your approach. 

Sit in the seat, touch the brake and everything powers up. 

Twist the controller by the steering wheel forward and you’re off. Back for reverse. Press to park. 

Then it get more complicated. 

My biggest gripe is with VW trying to be too clever with the smart tech (a fault I first encountered with the VW Golf and its slider). 

It’s fine having 1001 brilliant functions, but if accessing them via overly complex screen menus does your head in (as it did mine), it’s failed. 

Some simple, human-friendly knobs for basic functions would be helpful.

In desperation I resorted to voice-control to access some functions after scrolling endlessly in circles through dead-end screen options. 

It’s distracting and potentially dangerous. Fix it!

For its size the Buzz nippy and highly manoeuvrable with a taxi-like tight turning circle and this month it achieved a top five-star EuroNCAP crash test safety rating.

There are three drive modes: eco, comfort and sport – which is pretty feisty.

It’s nimble, does a decent lick down the motorway. 

You can increase the resistance for one-pedal driving and to generate more on-board charge.

There’s already a commercial VAT-free version of the Buzz priced from £38,125 and eligible for a £5,000 grant. 

Also in the pipeline is a seven-seater long wheel-base version, a 4X4, and a properly kitted out camper-van including ‘California’ variant for new and reborn 21st century hippies, adventurers, and surf-bums.

Can’t wait.

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Vauxhall beefs up zero-emissions Mokka 

Vauxhall has beefed up its zero-emissions Mokka Electric with a new 54kWh battery which increases its range by around 20 per cent compared to the outgoing 50kWh version, to 252 miles. 

It also gets a more powerful 156hp electric motor (an increase of 20hp) which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in less than 10 seconds, with its top speed electronically limited to 93mph. 

Vauxhall has beefed up its zero-emissions Mokka Electric with a new 54kWh battery, extending the range to shortening the charge time Vauxhall has beefed up its zero-emissions Mokka Electric with a new 54kWh battery, extending the range to shortening the charge time

Vauxhall has beefed up its zero-emissions Mokka Electric with a new 54kWh battery, extending the range to shortening the charge time

Orders open in March with deliveries later in the spring.

It features as standard an 11kW on-board charger suitable for home charging via a wallbox, and supports up to 100 kW rapid charging and can be charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes. The upgraded battery is also more efficient, requiring 15.2kWh of electricity to cover 62 miles (100km). 

The Mokka was the first Vauxhall available with a fully electric powertrain.

 

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