The electric Kombi reboot and its commercial van counterpart have been priced for the UK, giving Australian customers an idea of how much it could cost if it arrives in local showrooms.
Price for the 2023 Volkswagen ID. Buzz has been announced for the UK, indicating a starting price in excess of $100,000 for the reborn electric Kombi if it comes to Australia.
Revealed in March 2022 as an electric reboot of Volkswagen’s iconic Type 2 Kombi van from the 1960s, the ID. Buzz people-mover and its ID. Buzz Cargo commercial offshoot are due to go on sale in the UK next month.
While Volkswagen Australia is yet to confirm whether either ID. Buzz variant will appear in local showrooms, it has previously expressed interest in the iconic vehicle.
In the UK, the back-to-basics delivery van version of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo starts from £38,125 ($AU66,400) for the Commerce model – about £19,000 ($AU33,000) less than the cheapest five-seater ID. Buzz.
It’s worth noting these prices exclude the 20 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) which applies to the majority of purchases in the UK, similar to the 10 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Australia.
Including VAT, the ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce’s price is pushed to £45,750 ($AU79,600) before on-road costs are applied.
Standard equipment on the ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce includes 19-inch wheels, a 10-inch touchscreen, 5.3-inch digital dash, three front seats (with heated driver’s seat), front and rear parking sensors, multiple USB-C ports plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Buyers who want more from their vans can purchase the Commerce Plus from £42,375 (AU$73,760) excluding VAT, with its taxed price starting from £50,850 ($AU88,500).
On top of the base Commerce grade, Commerce Plus gains radar cruise control, sensor-key entry, park assist plus, a rear view camera, multi-function ‘leatherette’ steering wheel, heated windscreen, Discover Pro navigation system, travel assist, lane assist, side assist and emergency assist.
In the people-mover line-up, the five-seater ID. Buzz Life is the least expensive of the three variants, starting from £57,115 ($AU99,400) plus on-road costs– about $6,000 more than a Tesla Model 3 Performance in Australia.
Stepping up to the ID. Buzz Style comes with added equipment such as matrix LED headlights and ambient interior lighting, incurring a £4,800 ($AU8,350) premium over the Life with a price of £61,915 ($AU107,750) plus on-road costs.
The limited ID. Buzz 1st Edition in the UK gains additional features such as 21-inch alloy wheels, a 12-inch infotainment screen and electric memory seats for an extra £1080 ($AU1880) on top of the Style grade, topping out the price list at £ 62,995 ($AU109,630) before on-road costs.
While the variant names are different in the UK, these prices are similar to those already seen in the ID. Buzz’s home country of Germany, where the entry-level Pro grade starts from €64,581.30 ($AU96,300) excluding electric vehicle incentives.
All variants in the Volkswagen ID. Buzz and Volkswagen ID. Buzz cargo range are powered by a single 150kW/310Nm electric motor which drives the rear wheels.
A 77kWh battery pack provides power to the electric motor, enabling claimed driving ranges of 421km for the ID. Buzz and 424km for the Cargo variant on a single charge.
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is capable of being DC fast charged at up to 170kW, topping the battery up from five to 80 per cent in roughly 30 minutes.
Volkswagen Australia is yet to announce the complete rollout of its portfolio of electric cars.
However, if the Volkswagen ID. Buzz does come to Australia, it is expected to follow higher priority models such as the ID.4 SUV, ID.5 SUV and the ID.3 hatchback.