Volkswagen ID.7: This is It

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We've been covering the Volkswagen ID.7 in the lead-up to today's unveiling, and now we have the official deets.


The ID.7 will launch first in Europe and China this fall before coming to North America in 2024.

EV ranges keep climbing upward, and Volkswagen claims that one version of the ID.7 -- the Pro S with an 86 kWh battery -- will have a range of up to 435 miles. Meanwhile, the ID.7 Pro with a 77 kWh battery will get up to 382 miles of range.

VW is promising some other interesting tech -- a standard augmented reality head-up display, massaging climate-controlled seats, and "smart" air vents that are "interactive."

The ID.7 sedan won't be small -- the car is 195.3 inches long. It's long and low, with a 116.8-inch wheelbase, short overhangs, and the lowest model checking it at 60.6 inches. The drag coefficient can go as low as 0.23.

Power is a claimed 282 horsepower and it comes from a permanent magnet synchronous motor. There's a two-stage, one-speed gearbox to get that power to the ground.

The 77 kWh battery in the Pro will have up to 170 kW in DC fast charging, with the other battery having up to 200 kW. The battery will be preconditioned for charging whenever the driver uses the nav system to guide the car to the nearest charging station.

Interior features include a digital dash and optional ambient lighting. VW says the head-up display is customizable so that the driver can get the info they want while keeping their eyes on the road. The system will project information such as vehicle speed relatively close to the driver, but other info, such as navigation turn arrows, will be spaced further out. Additionally, that info will match up with the real world. Meaning that things like turn arrows should align with the street you need to turn onto.

The infotainment screen is 15 inches and split up -- it's also customizable.

Unfortunately, Volkswagen is continuing to use touch sliders for audio and climate controls. Speaking of audio, a Harmon Kardon system that has four modes meant to adjust for music/sound type is available. The car also has a voice assistant.

Optional seats can automatically adjust their climate control based on temperature and moisture sensors. Oh, and they can massage your back.

Meanwhile, smart vents open and close automatically in order to keep the climate at the desired setting.

Other notable features include a panoramic sunroof with glass that can switch between opaque and transparent, assisted parking, limited assisted driving -- Europe only for now -- and assisted lane changing (it's unclear if that's Europe only or available elsewhere.

Outside, key details include LED lighting and light strips front and rear.

My quick take is that this car has handsome exterior looks, at least based on the photos, but I am saddened that VW has continued to double down on haptic-touch sliders and knob-free interiors.

We'll know more about things like pricing and other specs as we get closer to launch.

[Images: Volkswagen]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Apr 18, 2023

    "ICE engineers took their sweet time giving us reasonable specific output..."


    Cars from the 60s were fast, but they polluted a lot; pollution controls added in the 70s killed horsepower. It took 30 years to figure out how to make powerful, clean-burning engines.

  • YellowDuck YellowDuck on Apr 18, 2023

    Yes thank you!

  • ChristianWimmer I have a 2018 Mercedes A250 with almost 80,000 km on the clock and a vintage ‘89 Mercedes 500SL R129 with almost 300,000 km.The A250 has had zero issues but the yearly servicing costs are typically expensive from this brand - as expected. Basic yearly service costs around 400 Euros whereas a more comprehensive servicing with new brake pads, spark plugs plus TÜV etc. is in the 1000+ Euro region.The 500SL servicing costs were expensive when it was serviced at a Benz dealer, but they won’t touch this classic anymore. I have it serviced by a mechanic from another Benz dealership who also owns an R129 300SL-24 and he’ll do basic maintenance on it for a mere 150 Euros. I only drive the 500SL about 2000 km a year so running costs are low although the fuel costs are insane here. The 500SL has had two previous owners with full service history. It’s been a reliable car according to the records. The roof folding mechanism needs so adjusting and oiling from time to time but that’s normal.
  • Theflyersfan I wonder how many people recalled these after watching EuroCrash. There's someone one street over that has a similar yellow one of these, and you can tell he loves that car. It was just a tough sell - too expensive, way too heavy, zero passenger space, limited cargo bed, but for a chunk of the population, looked awesome. This was always meant to be a one and done car. Hopefully some are still running 20 years from now so we have a "remember when?" moment with them.
  • Lorenzo A friend bought one of these new. Six months later he traded it in for a Chrysler PT Cruiser. He already had a 1998 Corvette, so I thought he just wanted more passenger space. It turned out someone broke into the SSR and stole $1500 of tools, without even breaking the lock. He figured nobody breaks into a PT Cruiser, but he had a custom trunk lock installed.
  • Jeff Not bad just oil changes and tire rotations. Most of the recalls on my Maverick have been fixed with programming. Did have to buy 1 new tire for my Maverick got a nail in the sidewall.
  • Carson D Some of my friends used to drive Tacomas. They bought them new about fifteen years ago, and they kept them for at least a decade. While it is true that they replaced their Tacomas with full-sized pickups that cost a fair amount of money, I don't think they'd have been Tacoma buyers in 2008 if a well-equipped 4x4 Tacoma cost the equivalent of $65K today. Call it a theory.
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