As many large families will know, there are currently only a handful of EVs that comfortably seat more than 5 people. In fact for families with 2 adults and 3 or more children it can a real squeeze to get 3 child seats safety across the back seat.
For anyone wanting an EV that can seat 6 or 7 people the options are limited and expensive: Both the Tesla Model X (over £90,000) and Model Y (from £54,000) have a 7 seater option. There are some second hand 7 seater Model S cars around, but this line has now been discontinued. Apart from Tesla, there is really only minivan style vehicles such as the Vauxhall Vivaro-e (over £49,000), Citroen e- SpaceTourer (£49,000) and the Nissan e-NV200 (£30,000). However all three have less than 120 mile real world range.
Into this under-served segment steps VW with the launch of the ID.6 at Auto Shanghai this week. This large family SUV has up to 7 seats and utilises the VW MEB platform, initially for the Chinese market only. Similar to the ID.3 and ID.4 the ID.6 will have two different battery packs of 58kWh and 77kWh with a 270 mile and 365 mile range respectively (China NEDC), although real world range is likely to be lower.
Boot space is a key metric for SUV buyers and while we don’t yet know the exact boot space for the ID.6, it is likely to be larger than the 543 litres of the ID.4 as the ID.6 will be 30cm longer. The top spec ID.6 will be able to do 0 – 100km/h in 6.6 seconds, so faster than many similar SUVs, although slower than the Tesla Model Y’s 5.3 seconds.
The ID.6 will come in two versions in China the ID.6 CROZZ and ID.6 X, produced in two different factories in the North and South of the country with different JV partners. We don’t yet know what the price will be or when the ID.6 will be available outside China, but we will update as soon as we know more.
Photos from: VW