Vans aren't particularly famous for their sporty handling, so it's fascinating to see how the European-spec VW ID. Buzz handles the moose test and a slalom. The retro-inspired EV performs pretty well in the evaluations.
This is the short-wheelbase ID. Buzz with a single, rear-mounted electric motor that makes 201 bhp. It rides on Continental EcoContant 6 tyres.
Gallery: Volkswagen ID. Buzz LWB (2023)
The van goes through the slalom first in this video. The reviewer notes the body roll and slow steering ratio. It clocks a time of 25.7 seconds, which easily tops the 26.5-second figure for a VW Multivan 1.4 eHybrid. The ID. Buzz also beats a Land Rover Range Rover Sport P510e Autobiography that goes through the cones in 26.1 seconds.
The moose test is more challenging. The first attempt is at 47 miles per hour, but the ID. Buzz hits cones in the second and third sections. The van is eventually able to find success with a 44-mph entrance speed, and this comes with lots of intervention from the electronic stability control. An attempt at 50 mph is a complete failure by not being able to drive into the third portion of the course.
This is the standard, base rear-motor ID. Buzz. A dual-motor GTX version will join the range in 2024 with all-wheel drive, 335 bhp, and a 6.4-second 0-62-mph time. VW already confirmed plans to offer a camper variant of the ID. Buzz sometime after 2025. No details are available about it yet, and there's no info about bringing this camper van to the UK yet. The ID. Buzz is sold with a longer wheelbase in North America where two battery options are available.