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Volkswagen ID. Buzz (2022) | Expert Rating

Volkswagen ID. Buzz (2022) | Expert Rating


The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is an upmarket people carrier and the largest model in the all-electric ID. family, which arrived in the UK in the second half of 2022.

With exterior styling that harks back to the original Type 2 Microbus of the 1960s, the ID. Buzz has been widely praised for its unique looks, which stand out from its people carrier rivals.

Described by What Car? as “a charming retelling of a classic for the modern era”, Parker’s Tom Webster argues that the Volkswagen “has some much-needed character in a class that is so often devoid of it.”

“The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is a funky, practical, 250-mile nostalgia trip”, Carbuyer’s Tom Jervis explains. “Unfortunately, nostalgia costs money.” The car’s pricing starts at around the £60k mark – which is considerably more expensive than mainstream van-based rivals like the Peugeot e-Traveller and Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life, but cheaper than luxury rivals like the Mercedes-Benz EQV.

Auto Trader‘s Dan Trent adds that the ID. Buzz is not as practical as the slightly more spacious Volkswagen Multivan, and Autocar‘s Mark Tisshaw concludes that you may need to “take some night courses” to understand the car’s rather confusing infotainment.

However, “it trumps the myriad SUVs it competes with when it comes to space and family-friendly features”, says Richard Ingram of Auto Express. “Beneath the retro styling and functional cabin, there’s a really capable, compelling EV.”

As of December 2022, the Volkswagen ID. Buzz holds an Expert Rating of 79%, based on 14 reviews published by UK motoring media at its European launch. This is a brand new model, however, and this rating could shift up or down by a few points once the ID. Buzz is tested here on local roads in coming months.

ID. Buzz highlights

  • More practical than upmarket SUVs
  • Competitive battery range
  • Attractive styling inside and out
  • Strong resale values

ID. Buzz lowlights

  • Expensive, base price and up
  • Van-based people carriers are more spacious
  • Confusing infotainment
  • Seven-seat models not yet available

Key specifications

Body style: People carrier
electric, battery-powered
From £57,115 on-road

Launched: Summer 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 92%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 60%
Safety assist: 90%

Eco rating

No eco rating

As of December 2022, the Volkswagen ID. Buzz has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is a brand-new model, so we don’t have enough reliability data on the ID. Buzz to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the ID. Buzz, we’ll publish the score here.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen ID. Buzz has received


  • News UK Motor Awards – Best-Designed Car
  • Top Gear Awards – Best MPV
  • Top Gear Electric Awards – Electric Car of the Year

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If you’re looking at the Volkswagen ID. Buzz, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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