Charge electricity & luggage – no more variants: This is the VW ID.7 as a station wagon

Volkswagen’s ID family is growing again. The station wagon version of the ID.7 is intended to carry the genes of the Passat Variant into modern times. However, under a different name.

From the first VW station wagon, the 1500 from the beginning of 1962, to the new business Passat, the Wolfsburg Variant has meant more trunk space and variability. But now the broad target group, from families to professional travelers, has to adapt. With the station wagon in the ID.7 series, the name Tourer, already used by various competitors, is introduced. Why? Because it is a globally offered car. And people in other countries can’t imagine anything about Variant, that’s what VW says. Whether you think that’s good or not so good, one thing is clear after the first encounter with the Tourer: It definitely has what it takes to match the success of the Passat. To continue the combination. VW goes a little further and, given the rear section of the new addition, also sees echoes of the Arteon Shooting Brake. So it’s currently the most elegant way of transporting luggage with a Volkswagen. However, the loading volume of the fully electric tourer, at 545 to 1714 liters, doesn’t quite come close to the 690 to 1920 liters of the new Passat Variant. VW proudly points to the almost two meter long loading area. However, it rises at an angle when moving to the folded back seat backrest – which limits its usability for large transport items. The roof, which is drawn straight back compared to the sedan, has a positive effect on the headroom of the rear passengers. There is an optional “Smart Glass” panoramic roof, which can switch between opaque and transparent at the touch of a button and also offers additional centimeters of headroom. Technically, the Tourer is largely identical to the ID.7 sedan. This means: Both are 4.96 meters long, 1.86 meters wide and 1.54 meters high without exterior mirrors. The wheelbase measures 2.97 meters, which ensures plenty of space in all seats. Depending on the version, the ID.7 Tourer comes with light strips between the headlights and taillights and with illuminated VW logos as an option or as standard. Smartphone navigation in the augmented head-up display. The infotainment system with a 15-inch touchscreen also integrates ChatGPT into the voice control for the first time If desired, there is also a wellness app that can be used to cheer up or calm the driver using music, ventilation and ambient lighting, depending on the mood. The augmented reality head-up display, which projects all important information onto the windshield in front of the person behind the steering wheel, is standard. For the first time, the active navigation of iPhones or Android smartphones can be integrated into the augmented reality route display via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto – according to VW, this implements one of the most frequently mentioned customer requests. Of course, the ID.7 Tourer has the same features as its sedan brother Amenities such as seats with pressure point massage and a phalanx of assistance systems. And plenty of power, namely 210 kW/286 hp and a maximum torque of 545 Newton meters. The Pro version, which will be offered at launch in early summer 2024, offers a net 77 kWh battery; according to VW, the Pro S with 86 kWh will follow shortly afterwards. With the larger energy source, the station wagon should travel up to 697 kilometers; with the smaller one, a WLTP value of around 600 kilometers should be possible. The batteries are charged with a maximum of 175 and 200 kW. VW states consumption at 14.1 to 16.3 kWh per 100 kilometers. The Wolfsburg-based company has not yet commented on the prices. The sedan is currently available in Austria from 59,990 euros.
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