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We got our first look at Volkswagen’s nostalgic electric minivan — see inside ID.Buzz

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The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

  • Volkswagen recently unveiled the ID.Buzz, its electric minivan that will arrive in the United States in 2024.
  • It’s a modern, electric version of VW’s iconic hippie bus.
  • We saw the ID.Buzz up close and toured its many awesome features.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen unveiled the ID.Buzz, a new all-electric version of its iconic Microbus.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

VW introduced the ID.Buzz at the New York International Auto Show in April, where we got close to the funky minivan.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

The ID.Buzz takes Volkswagen’s basic hippie van design and updates it for the electric age. All in all, it makes minivans cool again.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

The van has fake vents in the same place as the real ones in the original model.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Its front wheels are pushed far forward and its rear wheels are pushed all the way back, providing plenty of interior space. This is the European ID.Buzz. The US version will be longer and add a third line.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

And a high roof and square shape means there’s plenty of room inside for people and things. At 6-foot-1, I settle into the back seat with tons of headroom.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Modern touches include a horizontal light bar that extends across the back of the pickup.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

There is a diamond pattern on the front of the ID.Buzz which is carried over throughout the interior.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Like many electric vehicles, the ID.Buzz is equipped with special wheels intended to improve aerodynamics and increase autonomy.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Inside, the ID.Buzz is super open and features fun pops of color that match its paint job.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Looks like a place where kids would really have fun. And there are plenty of nooks and USB-C ports for sticking small items and charging devices.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

If you ride in the back seat, you get a tablet and a handy cell phone pocket above.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

The ID.Buzz also brings a lot of utility to the front passengers. There is a nook above the glove box that would be perfect for a wallet, glasses, or other small items.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

There is a place near the steering wheel which is intended for charging phones.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

The ID.Buzz gets the same screen layout as Volkswagen’s ID.4 SUV, consisting of a small screen for the driver and a larger touchscreen for things like the radio.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

The driver sits high up, and it looks like there would be good visibility thanks to the large windows and short hood of the pickup.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

The driver and front passenger also get armrests, an underrated comfort feature that should be present in more vehicles.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

A special feature: the central console is removable. VW says that’s because some customers have said they’d like to move to the back seat from the driver’s seat.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Two dividers in the center console also serve as an ice scraper and bottle opener.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

As expected, the ID.Buzz does not lack cargo space, especially when folding the rear seats. An optional feature brings the load floor flush with the folded seats, allowing owners to fit an air mattress.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

The hatch is tall enough to stand under, which could be ideal for camping or tailgating.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Volkswagen has also filled the ID.Buzz with little quirks and Easter eggs that provide no benefit besides being fun and cute.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Look closely and you’ll see little ID.Buzz renditions everywhere. Here is one in relief in an armrest.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Here’s another on the rear window.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

When it rains, the rear wiper reveals a small umbrella.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

Here is a little smiley that I found.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

And the accelerator and brake look like play and pause buttons.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

If you’re a fan of all that cuteness and you live in the US, you’ll have to wait a bit. The ID.Buzz commercial and passenger models will go on sale in Europe later this year, but they won’t hit US shores until 2024.

The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz.

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