VW ID. First Drive | Fully Charged 2017 Volkswagen California Luxury 2 months ago   15:22

An extraordinary offer came through, 'D'you want to drive the VW ID test vehicle in South Africa next week?'
Took a bit of arranging but we managed, and it was worth it. Amazing car, amazing country, minimal information about either but you can read this for a bit more info:

[Some additional footage provided by Volkswagen]

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Comments 1613 Comments

Paul Stewart
Car will always be connected to the internet. And that's a no from me.
Marlayna Dreisinger
If it is priced well in Canada. I will use my savings to buy this car as my first. I cannot think of the savings in gas money and long term sustainability for the planet. Plus I believe there are government benefits to owning an electric vehicle. I think... Anyways, if it prices for around 30 k. I would think it has quite a bit of value.
I love your energy and the overall vibe in the video. Subscribed :)
Peter Mülders
If it had a solar roof it would be perfect for South Africa. You could easily fit 500 to 600w of solar panels on there and charge in the sun all day
Wolgang Hartwig
At the moment the most interesting car, if the expectations are fulfilled, is the VW ID.3:
- Should cost 30.000€ with 83 kwh battery / 150 KW motor and WLTP = 550 km range
- Charging capacity 125 kw 80% Charging capacity in 30 min.
- Interior as big as the Passat, confirmed in every You Tube video.
- However, boot size as in the Golf, Will be confirmed in every You Tube video.
- Can be connected to mobile phone, important for preheating in winter. Does NOT have Niro and Kona.
- Inductive chargeable so far as I understood,
- Driving profile / autopilot etc. via WLAN Upgrate/Update capable (let's see if it really comes).
If this is the case I will be at the dealer the next day.

Only for German readers:
In addition, as with all E-cars: 10 years no german car tax / 4000 Euro bonus state, flat rate EWE to 35€ / month unlimited charging capacity. No combustion engine pays for itself.

Sorry I have tranlate from German to English via Deepl translator. I am a German and my English is not so good. 30.000€ Price was confirmed yesterday by COE Herbert Diess (via 3.rd hand) in german television ARD Tagesschau.
does this car have paddles for recuperation?
I.D. Buzz Cargo is the only one that looks both appealing and interesting, the rest of the I.D. Buzz Concepts including new Buggy is a lesson in unintelligent/dull design.
Hallo Robert, what is your Impression of the road noise and the damping inside and the movement of the steering wheel? Thanks
Jeanine de Bruyn
South Africa!!
Such shaky/wavering camera at @0:45 ish mark
Luigi Monaco
Always connected - really? We call this TOTALÜBERWACHUNG. I´m out.
It no longer has a unique look and the cool sloping side windows are now gone too.
colibri akumulator?
Hope it will be cheap to repair if something brakesdown!
Torsten Därr
Where does the battery of the I.D. come from?
zatoici hanzo
so the way vw plans to be profitable from “electric golf” is to go facebook? is there a way to disable “always connected” feature ? i don’t want my driving habits being sold to data brokers.
Alex Bosorogan
I love how all these cars and ev "gurus" cars talk with us from California or Oregon or "not that hot places as he expreime himself", EV sucks in cold weather and the battery memory is a problem as well, get better then we talk. Give us your impression when you start it at minus 17 C after you drive it 40000 km. Probably fuel cell the answer to a clean drive without the range anxiety.
Hopefully it will come with that stingy 2 year warranty.
Given the initial performance of the Audi e-Tron I'd be expecting some bumps and rough edges before the next competitive e-VW's are on the market. But I'm excited that these cars are in the pipeline to compete, and I expect them eventually to be very good reliable utility hatchbacks -- which is a segment and application that Tesla does not seem to want to enter. I'm also looking hard at KIA e-Niro and expect them to be practically priced and somewhat proven by the time they come off-lease in 3-4 years.
Steve Davies
Welcome to my home town. Isn’t Clarence Drive stunning?
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2017 Volkswagen California Luxury VW ID. First Drive | Fully Charged 2 months ago   06:53

Volkswagen California T6 review
New Volkswagen camper is better than ever, but the high price will put some off

That huge number is the single most off-putting thing about the California, but to set up camp early, we’ll say already that this latest T6 generation model very nearly justifies the price tag – it’s very good indeed.
If you’re familiar with the T5 California (or indeed the Transporter), you may already have noted a striking familiarity about all this. If you haven’t – there really is one. That’s because the T6 Transporter van was developed along an “if it ain’t broke” policy, so Volkswagen kept all the fixed points of the chassis, most of the body panels and the internal dimensions exactly the same.

That extends to the California’s internal fittings, meaning the little kitchenette in this T6 Ocean model is basically the same as the T5’s was, just with a couple of extra rails and cup holders. There have been tweaks to the front and rear exterior styling, but the real work went into improving overall refinement, ride quality and cabin flair, and adding more of the technology that makes Volkswagen’s passenger cars so alluring.

For a start, the California gets Euro-6 emissions-compliant diesel engines, meaning economy is improved and CO2 emissions lowered across the range. So, while the 138bhp 2.0 TDI T5 California averaged 39.2mpg, this T6 equivalent, with 10bhp more, returns 44.1mpg.

More than that, all the new engines contribute to an overall sense of refinement bordering on remarkable for what is essentially a diesel van. All three available engines are 2.0-litre TDI diesel units, but outputs are 100bhp, 148bhp or 201bhp – the last of those being the most powerful ever put into a VW van.

But actually, pound-for-pound it’s the 100bhp engine that’s the most impressive, because Volkswagen has tuned it in the spirit of the old Pumpe Duse diesels from the Mk IV Golf era, concentrating all the torque in a thin band near the bottom of the rev range, so there’s instant, flexible pickup.

On that basis the 201bhp engine doesn’t feel twice as powerful, although there’s no denying its turn of pace. As ever, though, the middling 148bhp diesel is the best overall, superbly subdued at lower revs, far punchier than its 14.2-second 0-62mph sprint suggests, and silkily smooth – for a diesel, anyway. All California models are available with a seven-speed DSG automatic, while the two higher-powered engines can be specified with 4Motion four-wheel drive.

Despite an overarching sense that little has changed from the T5 California to the T6, that’s not exactly a fair assessment – Volkswagen counts 6,000 changes from the T5 Transporter to the T6, all of which carry over to the California. They just happen to be mostly suspension, engine and technology improvements, most of which you can feel rather than see.

And in this case, familiarity is no bad thing, especially rearward of the front seats, where the California is really easy to use: the roof can be popped up and the rear bench turned into a double bed in no time at all, which is especially appeasing on a wet, dark field in the middle of the night.

The main change at the front is the addition of a ‘premium’ cabin, standard with Ocean models but not available with Beach (these are the only two trim levels). It results in a significant upward ambience shift, dotted with glossy surfaces and soft-closing compartments – but unfortunately still none of the soft-touch surfaces that make certain Volkswagens feel so premium, and that you might expect to see in something of this price.

Without this cabin, the van-like driver ergonomics and open storage compartments conspire to make Beach models feel less a luxurious MPV and more a tarted-up van. Beach models don't feel as good as their high price suggests they might - it costs from £37,657.

Ocean specification, formerly known as SE, is the Camper we’re all familiar with, complete with twin gas hobs, a sink, a fridge and a full suite of wood veneered storage units. It seats four, sleeps four (its pop-up roof is electrically operated), and comes with a side awning for outside shelter from the rain – a standard feature on UK Beach models, too. Prices for the California Ocean begin at £47,840.
And while it’s true that both of those prices look high, in both cases the specification sheet at least justifies some of the expense. All come with Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, climate control (three-zone in the Ocean), alloy wheels, LED taillights and an auxiliary heater to stave off the midnight chill.

Key specs
Price: £47,840
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl TDI
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power/torque: 148bhp/ 340Nm

0-62mph: 14.2 seconds
Top speed: 111mph
CO2: 169g/km
On sale: August 2015
Read More http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/california/92297/volkswagen-california-t6-review

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