One of the biggest themes at the Paris auto show was electricity and Volkswagen brought something to the table. VW’s I.D. concept previews an electric vehicle to arrive in 2020 with a range of 250 to 370 miles and a price like a Golf diesel. With VW Group aiming to launch 30 EVs by 2025, the I.D. concept figures to be an important cog in reaching that goal. Here’s what people are saying about the Volkswagen I.D. concept.
“Despite appreciating its overarching simplicity, a conservative but logical approach, the I.D.'s sheetmetal might be too safe. The profile is handsome enough, Golf-like with a modernist twist. It's obvious that the powertrain packaging opened up more living space within a similar footprint. It's hard to imagine anyone who drools over the latest tech gadgets to lose sleep about the I.D. What it's lacking is the charisma or radicalness of its spiritual predecessors: the Beetle and the Golf, both of which had shapes that bridged the gap between city car utility and industrial design magnificence. No counterculture will adopt the I.D. as its icon, like the Beetle, nor will its sharply-creased shape almost singlehandedly create a massively popular genre, like the Golf did for hatchbacks. Nor is the form factor terribly novel; it's a conventional shape, made somewhat sleeker to optimize it for the smaller and relocated powertrain. This is refinement of an existing idea rather than a new one entirely.”
-- Alex Kierstein, Autoblog
“Volkswagen's new emphasis on EVs is reflected in the aggressive figures it’s quoting for the I.D. The electric concept car combines heavily-evolved Golf styling with advanced drivetrain tech and accessible pricing. If the figures hold for the production version it will put VW on even footing with first movers in the EV space like GM and Nissan.”
-- Karl Brauer, Kelley Blue Book senior analyst