- The VW ID.2all concept previews the upcoming electric hatchback’s features and styling.
- The production version of the EV hatch will cost less than €25,000 – the equivalent of about $26,300 – but it likely won’t be sold in the US.
- The front-drive concept features a single 223-hp electric motor and a claimed range of about 280 miles, based on the European WLTP cycle.
Volkswagen likes to think it’s going back to its roots—as a “people’s car”—with this latest concept, dubbed the ID.2all. The small hatchback reflects a new electric model that will almost certainly be called the ID.2.
The production version is set to go on sale in Europe in 2025, with prices starting at €25,000 – or about $26,300, at current exchange rates. Since we don’t even get the ID.3 in the US, we doubt the ID.2 will come to America, but we’re digging its simplistic, well-proportioned styling that recalls the Mk1 Golf. We also hope Volkswagen figures out a way to bring something like this to our shores.
ID.2 will use an updated version of the MEB platform that underlies all existing ID models. Unlike the rear-driven ID.3 and ID.4, it will have front-wheel drive, with the concept boasting a front-mounted electric motor producing 223 horsepower—slightly more than the base RWD ID.4’s 201 hp.
VW isn’t sharing the battery size, but optimistically estimates a range of 280 miles on the WLTP cycle. Of course, the actual €25,000 base model will of course have less power and less range than that, with VW likely offering a range of battery sizes and output configurations.
At 159.4 inches long, it’s almost 10 inches shorter than the current Mk8 Golf, but its wheelbase is just an inch shorter than the Golf’s. It makes for great looking hatchback proportions, with GTI-style wheels pushed into the corners and short overhangs that create a sporty stance.
Due to the more space-efficient packaging of an electric platform, VW promises that it’s almost as spacious inside as the Golf, despite having a smaller footprint. The concept features a sharp-looking interior, with a sporty steering wheel shape, a prominent center console and digital gauge cluster and dual screens acting as a large central screen. We can only hope that VW improves upon its subpar infotainment software when it launches this new model.
It makes sense that Europe would be the primary market for the ID.2, as buyers there are already immersed in small hatchbacks like this one. Unfortunately, the subcompact segment has all but disappeared in the US, and we have a feeling VW will struggle to make a business case for such a car in the US.
Still, we really like the idea of an affordable EV that looks like this, and we have a feeling many other Americans will too. We doubt we’ll be able to change VW’s mind, but at least, we can hope that the ID.2all’s stunning design previews the future of other electric VWs that will make their way to our shores.
Despite growing up on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Caparella developed a passion for the automotive industry during his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually inspired him to relocate to Ann Arbor, Michigan for his first professional auto-writing gig. automobile magazine, he has been part of car and driver Team since 2016 and now resides in New York City.