Currently reading: Volkswagen ID 7 will start from £55k
Prices announced for VW's EV flagship, with long-range and estate models due later

The Volkswagen ID 7 will be more expensive than the Hyundai Ioniq 6, BMW i4, Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3 when it goes on sale in January 2024, priced at £55,570.

The Pro Launch Edition comes with 19in alloys, a 15in infotainment system and heated front seats as standard, as well as a free home wall charger and £750 in public charging credits.

Pricing for other models have yet to be announced but we anticipate cheaper trim levels to be offered in the future.

The ID 7 saloon was revealed earlier this year as the brand's long-awaited first electric saloon. It will rival the Tesla Model 3 with a brand-new infotainment software, driving dynamics that major on long-distance travel and a range of up to 435 miles.

The regular ID 7 will launch in Europe and China this autumn, with the US following in 2024.

Two batteries will be available: a 77kWh pack (used in existing ID models) giving a 382-mile range and 170kW charging; and a new 86kWh unit that allows 435 miles between recharges and top ups at up to 200kW. In the fastest Pro S guise, a 0-62mph time of around 6.0sec is achievable.

The saloon measures nearly five metres long and has a wheelbase of around three metres, making it larger than the Volkswagen Passat, which it indirectly replaces, and closer in size to the Phaeton luxury saloon, which bowed out in 2016.

Volkswagen id 7 interior dashboard

Its cabin majors on practicality but various touches ramp up the ID 7's luxury credentials, including a panoramic roof that switches from opaque to transparent at the touch of a button, optional massage seats, an augmented reality head-up display, interior ambient lighting with up to 30 colours, and a 15.0in infotainment touchscreen running a heavily overhauled iteration of Volkswagen's MIB software platform. Boot space is 532 litres, beating both the 470-litre BMW i4 and 425-litre Tesla Model 3. 

Volkswagen has focused on making this new infotainment platform – shared with the facelifted ID 3 – easy to use. There is a new direct-access bar at the top of the touchscreen for quick access to core functions, for example, the main menu can be opened without closing any in-use app, the home screen can be configured to show icons for a driver's most commonly used apps and the main climate controls are now permanently hosted at the bottom of the screen to avoid scrolling on the move.


Read our review

Car review

Volkswagen gears up to finally go Tesla-hunting with its first all-electric saloon, the ID 7

Back to top

Perhaps most importantly, the controversial touch sliders for the temperature and volume controls are now illuminated, meaning they can be used safely at night.

ID 7 Tourer

VW has also previewed an estate version of the ID 7 ahead of an official reveal "in the coming months". 

Volkswagen ID 7 Tourer

Named the ID 7 Tourer, it is underpinned by the firm's MEB platform, which is also used by the ID 3 and ID 4. This platform is said to allow Volkswagen to maximise interior space via a long wheelbase and short overhangs. 

Designed to be as practical as possible, Volkswagen has revealed it will have 545 litres of boot space with the rear seats upright, and 1714 litres with them folded down, both figures that represent increases over the current Volkswagen Passat. The firm claims the boot itself is up to two metres long.

It has been developed with a strong focus on aerodynamics to maximise its range, with a smooth front bumper, rear lip spoiler, and door handles that sit flush with the bodywork. This helps to produce a drag coefficient of 0.24 - just 0.1 Cd more than the saloon.

Additional reporting by Jonathan Bryce

Felix Page

Felix Page
Title: News and features editor

Felix is Autocar's news editor, responsible for leading the brand's agenda-shaping coverage across all facets of the global automotive industry - both in print and online.

He has interviewed the most powerful and widely respected people in motoring, covered the reveals and launches of today's most important cars, and broken some of the biggest automotive stories of the last few years. 

Join the debate

Add a comment…
Tonrichard 9 November 2023

I know batteries and the accompanying electrics are expensive to manufacture but I cannot but think that motor manufacturers are being extremely ambious with their EV pricing. Perhaps it is very old fashioned to be looking at list prices when the vast majority of cars are now "purchased" on finance but with rising interest rates it doesn't seem too far fetched to think that many new EV "owners" will be paying more to borrow a car for 3 years than they will be paying on their mortgage - but have nothing to show for their expenditure. Personally I think too many EV buyers have become fixated on range so just like manufacturers got in a race to build engines that produced more bhp than their competitor models the new mantra is to build more range. This does not add substantial cost but also weight and inefficiency. I'm no Tesla fan but frankly the Tesla Model 3 represents fantastic value with a price starting below £40k. Astra v M3 for the same money? No contest. 

scrap 2 November 2023

Isn't the MEB platform already obsolete? The new Macan / Q6 will be based on a new and different component set.

Estates are vastly preferable to SUVs but I'm not sure this amorphous blob will cut it.

fellwalker 31 October 2023

What is it with Autocar? You've recycled an earlier article by copying and rewriting it for the estate version! It is obvious this was originally the original ID 7 in April, as the comments from that date make clear.