The ID.7 is launching initially with a 77kWh battery powering a new AP550 286PS (210kW) electric motor, which is more efficient and more powerful. A twin-motor GTX is on the way, as is a ‘ProS’ option for a larger battery, which should deliver some 435 miles of range.
Does the ID.7 need more power? Not at all. The delivery of this car’s performance is so well-judged, with ample shove at all speeds. It feels so much more powerful than that 286PS would suggest, thanks to its instant and unwavering delivery. Some EVs will ‘let up’ after 60mph but the ID.7 pulls hard way beyond thanks to its 545Nm (407lb ft) of instant torque.
From an efficiency standpoint, we found the WLTP figures to be a bit ambitious. No one is getting 380 miles out of this thing unless they’re trundling around a city. Mixed driving without any effort paid to preserving range meant our ID.7 used an indicated 50 miles of range in covering 35 miles, when starting from an indicated 305 miles of range. We reckon with good behaviour in nice weather, 280 miles isn’t unreasonable. The ID.7 will charge at up to 175kW, loading the battery from 10 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes
If the powertrain is brilliant, the dynamics are a little confusing. This is a rear-drive saloon but it’s not a sports saloon, make no mistake. Between the steering and chassis, there’s something of a disconnected feeling between the front and rear, so don’t think VW has accidentally delivered the next great drift missile. In short, the Polestar 2 and BMW i4 and i5 are likely better steers.
Happily, the ID.7 is very good at just being a car, with a decent view out, a comfortable ride and decent body control. The steering is inert but correctly ratioed and refinement is good. That slippery shape while a little dull to look at means it glides through the air with grace and decorum. I’d actually hazard to say it’s a nicer thing across ground than the Hyundai Ioniq 6.
Worth mentioning too are how well calibrated the automated safety systems are. From the AEB to the lane keep assist, what ranges from an irritant to just downright dangerous in some other cars is nicely subtle in the ID.7.
The brakes on the other hand, I am just flat out not happy with. It’s definitely a calibration thing but the amount of dead air in the pedal travel says little other than ‘air in the system’ to me. You are deep into the travel bringing it to a stop in a way that you’d find worrying in any other car.