Volkswagen's push towards electrification continues with its first EV sedan. First, there was the ID.4 crossover, which we tested back in 2021. VW also showed off production photos of its ID.Buzz electric minivan that's bears a strong resemblance to the legendary Microbus. Now, the long-awaited ID.7 electric sedan finally drops cover after much speculation. It was originally unveiled as the ID.Aero concept car, and the production version looks awfully similar.
We like the fact that VW isn't giving up on sedans like so many other brands, but for some reason it does seem like EV sedans are more appealing than gas versions (that have been in decline) are. The ID.7 was built in hopes that it can draw more customers than the Passat and Arteon did in their waning years, which is why the Passat is dead and why VW is killing off the Arteon. We think both of those cars look better than the ID.7, but the trend is electrification so the point is almost irrelevant. Here's what the ID.7 offers for this new generation of VW sedans.
The Body is Long and Lean
If the ID.7 looks familiar, you're not wrong. It has a lot of the same styling cues as the production ID.4 crossover. Swoopy body lines, a smoothed-out front end, tapered headlights, and a crossover-like roofline and tail section. The ID.7 measures 195.3 inches in length, substantially longer than the 180.5-inch ID.4. This means more occupant space aided by the 116.8-inch wheelbase, which is also longer than the ID.4's at 108.9 inches. The ID.7 is also very aerodynamic, which means better efficiency.
The front end of the ID.7 also contributes to the efficiency with a grille-less fascia that's better looking than the somewhat awkward ID.4 The LED matrix headlights are connected by a bright metallic strip across the front and sharp creases in the hood that lead up to the corners of the windshield. A crease line begins just above the trailing edge of the headlights and runs above the door handles to the back end.
The back of the ID.7 shows off a fastback-style roofline that houses the hatchback liftgate, and the intricate LED taillights wrap around the full width of the back. There's also a spoiler built into the liftgate, and it's even more prominent in some trim levels. The VW emblem is set into the taillight strip, and the ID.7 badge is centered below the license plate cutout. Of course, there are no tailpipes to speak of, so the rear valence is clean and uninterrupted.
VW's Best Interior
We're happy to learn that the interior of the ID.7 is upgraded and "upstyled" from the ID.4. It's also nicer than anything VW has made so for in its cabins. The clean styling shows a flat, linear dash with an integrated driver display known as the ID.Display. The HVAC vents are also nicely incorporated in the same line. The ID.7 also gets an augmented-reality head-up display that includes lane markings and navigation directions. It's a first for the brand. Data such as the speedometer and speed limit are projected 11 feet ahead, while navigation shows up about 33 feet in front of the vehicle, as viewed by the driver.
The infotainment screen is a 15-inch version, thankfully with a new interface that should be far less frustrating to use than the ID.4s. There's an assignable “Direct Access Button” that can open the main menu, and you can also assign buttons through a “Car Control” button and screen. The home screen is configurable, and the Car Control screen can be accessed without closing the app that's in use. Finally, the VW controls get illumination for the climate and audio volume, something oddly missing from the ID.4 and the new Golf.
The ID.7 also gets what's known as ergoActive seats that provide 14-way adjustability, as well as an automatic climate mode that's aided by temperature and moisture sensors in the seat. The in-seat air cushions can also provide pressure-point massage functionality. The photochromic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal panoramic sunroof is a “smart glass” feature that can transition from transparent to opaque using a dial or voice control. That's pretty special for a mainstream consumer auto manufacturer.
The rear seats look roomy, indeed. Of course, the flat floor thanks to the low-mounted battery and the lack of a transmission tunnel. From the look of things, the middle position could be a bit uncomfortable due to the high cushion, but we won't know for sure until we drive it. Legroom looks substantial, and that's a good thing for families. It's definitely roomier in row two than the ID.4. Similar to the ID.4 is the hatchback, but the ID.7 has more angular rear glass. It looks like it has plenty of cargo space, but we don't know the cubic feet dimensions yet.
In terms of how it stacks up in the EV sedan segment, the ID.7 will provide around 300 miles for the rear-wheel-drive version, and there will also be an wheel-drive version that gets 0-60 mph in the low fives. The ID.7's driving dynamics are aided by adaptive damping. We don't know pricing or trim levels yet, but that should all be disclosed before the ID.7 debuts in 2024.