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2025 Volkswagen ID.7: Range, Charging, & Battery Life – There has been a lot of success with Volkswagen’s ID-badged electric vehicles, and the company’s most recent electric sedan, which goes by the name ID.7, is the sixth worldwide VW model to be built on this particular MEB platform. The number of Volkswagen electric vehicles sold in China and Europe is far higher than the number of Volkswagen electric vehicles sold in the United States; nevertheless, the flagship sedan will be arriving in the United States as part of the brand’s aim to enhance its proportion of electric models.
We are relieved that the sedan has not been totally phased out and that Tesla now has a new competitor to contend with. Importantly, the stated range of the ID.7 seems to be good enough to compete with that of the Model 3, and its cabin is one of the most roomy and loaded with features that VW has ever produced. In addition to that, there is a robust electric motor that ought to offer brisk acceleration. In the United States, all indications point to the ID.7 doing a fine job of building on the solid foundation laid by the ID.4.
The 2025 Volkswagen ID.7 has made a favorable first impression on our team. The midsize sedan is an evolutionary upgrade over the brand’s previous ID4 crossover, which we have criticized for its cumbersome infotainment suite, cheap-looking inside materials, and mediocre range and performance. The midsize sedan is an evolutionary advance over the existing ID4 crossover. After putting the 2025 Volkswagen ID7 prototype through its paces, we can say with confidence that the carmaker has made headway in addressing these concerns.
Volkswagen plans to install updated motors in the ID7, each of which will have a higher power output in addition to enhanced torque output. The prototype that we tested had a single engine that drove the rear wheels, and it displayed acceleration that was quiet, smooth, and rapid. Because of its medium proportions and low-slung sitting posture, it was ideally suited for driving that was both nimble and pleasant.
It was also brought to our attention that the infotainment system of the ID7 is a step forward from the display units that are already included in VW’s lineup of goods. The primary display has been made much bigger, and it is supported by brand-new software that has an improved user interface. There are still certain elements that need to be ironed out, such as the ID7’s exterior appearance and interior design. We have high hopes that Volkswagen’s next electric vehicle will be the company’s most advanced fully electric vehicle to date.
An augmented reality head-up display and a screen measuring 15.0 inches are both included in the digitally advanced interior of the electric car, which also has a screen measuring 15.0 inches in the middle of the cockpit. On the central display panel, drivers have the ability to adjust a variety of climatic settings, including heated and ventilated seats. The temperature of the cabin may be adjusted using the sliders that are located directly below the screen.
Voice instructions may be sent to a digital assistant known as IDA in order to have certain requests fulfilled. The ID7 will respond to the instruction “IDA, my hands are cold” with the activation of the feature to heat the steering wheel. People who give their automobiles names have the ability to alter the name to which the system replies in order to achieve a Jarvis-like effect. When the automobile detects that the driver is approaching with the key, it will automatically either chill the inside when it is very hot outside or warm the interior when it is extremely cold outside. We haven’t had the greatest of experiences with the ID4’s streamlined cockpit, but we know the manufacturer has been working on changes, and we look forward to checking out the controls for ourselves on a production vehicle. Simply having the enormous touchscreen of 15.0 inches might make the time spent inside the vehicle more enjoyable.
The ID7’s dimensions may be summarized most simply by stating that it falls somewhere in the middle of the gap between the more compact Tesla Model 3 and the more expansive Tesla Model S. However, since it has a wheelbase that is 116.8 inches long, it has more room between the axles than either of the Teslas, which should result in an increase in the amount of space available for passengers. Because the Volkswagen is higher than both of those electric vehicles, there should be plenty of headroom in both the front and the back of the vehicle.
The Volkswagen ID Aero was first shown to the public in 2022. It was a concept for an electric sedan with minimal body lines, a roof that was reminiscent of a coupe, and low overhangs. The ID7 will most likely keep these dimensions, judging by an early prototype that was hidden.
In the second quarter of 2023, the finished model for manufacturing will be shown to the public. Alongside the ID4 SUV and the soon-to-be-released ID Buzz, it will ultimately be offered for sale in the United States.
We are aware that there will be two different iterations of the ID.7 distributed in Europe; however, it is unknown which version will be distributed in the United States. The manufacturer says that the Pro and Pro S versions, which are trim names we are acquainted with from the ID.4, will receive a newly created powertrain that will have a 282-horsepower permanent magnet synchronous motor, a two-stage one-speed gearbox, and an inverter. These components will be housed in a newly constructed drivetrain. The configuration results in enhanced power, as well as efficiency, and the gearbox, has low-friction components so that it can sustain significant amounts of torque and power.
Both an 82 kWh unit with 77 kWh of usable capacity and a bigger 91 kWh unit with 86 kWh of usable capacity will be available for purchase on European models with two different battery capacities to choose from. Sadly, only the more compact battery will be available in the United States. We do not yet know how fast the ID.7 can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour since the remaining aspects of the mechanism, to use a metaphor, are still being kept a secret. If we make the assumption that a dual-motor system will be available, then a six-second sprint isn’t completely out of the question. Since the engine is positioned on the back axle, the standard vehicles will have a rear-wheel drive configuration. When the formal specifications are available, we should have additional information.
According to the car manufacturer, the ID.7 strikes the perfect mix between comfort and responsiveness thanks to its basic suspension, increased adaptive damping, and redesigned driving dynamics management. In addition, high-damping elastic-kinematic mounts are housed inside the rear axle, which, in conjunction with the vehicle’s low center of gravity, will maximize the vehicle’s handling.
The ID.7 was designed with an emphasis on aerodynamics, which resulted in it having a drag coefficient of 0.23. This, along with the electrical wizardry of the high-efficiency motor, allows it to have the greatest potential range. The MEB platform with 400-volt architecture is also used in the construction of the 2025 ID.7. When hooked into a DC fast charger, the standard 82-kWh battery may be charged at a rate of up to 170 kW; this should allow it to recharge from five to 80 percent in around 40 minutes, and this model will hopefully have an EPA-rated range of more than 300 miles (the WLTP range is 382 miles).
VW estimates that the ID.7 has a maximum range of 435 miles, but this is based on the optimistic European WLTP cycle. Therefore, this number should be adjusted to somewhere between 360 and 380 miles so that it is in line with what we can anticipate the EPA to accomplish. A bigger battery pack like the one found on the Pro S is capable of charging at a capacity of 200 kW, which reduces charge times and increases range, but at this juncture, that capability is reserved for the European market.
Even if the ID.7 doesn’t quite get it to the 300-mile threshold for its range, getting as near to that as possible would be nice, considering the anticipated reasonable starting price, and it would put it in the same ballpark as competitors such as the standard BMW i4. Given that the ID.4 SUV can go up to 275 miles on a single charge and that the sedan is noticeably more aerodynamic, it is reasonable to assume that this is doable with the 82-kWh battery.
Although Volkswagen has not yet provided any information on price specifics, we have some informed estimates. We estimate a starting price of only a little bit more than $50,000 given that this will be the flagship model in Volkswagen’s electric vehicle collection. The Pro S is anticipated to have a price tag of around $55,000 due to the addition of its 20-inch wheels, better-massaging seats, improved headlamps, and higher-quality materials. If we ever get a dual-motor all-wheel-drive option, you should expect to spend closer to $60,000 for it.