Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer estate is all about space and efficiency

It also brings up to 425 miles range and boot space... lots of it

The Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer has finally shed its camouflage and the electric estate serves as a rather interesting complimentary pairing with its five-door fastback saloon sibling (maybe a distant cousin is a more suitable term).

Combining the design of the classic family car Passat and the quirky shooting brake like the Arteon, Volkswagen has come up with a design that can make even an estate look stylish. Who knew that was possible? Okay, I’ll accept Mercedes as an answer.

But out go the sophisticated aerodynamics of the ID.7 with its typical fastback rear, and in comes the long roof line with an elegant transition to the boot lid.

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Marketed as a Tourer, it’s expected to come equipped with an 86kWh battery pack powering a 282hp motor, although Volkswagen is yet to confirm these specifications. But that’s not why you’re here, right?

You’re here to read about the space! And space the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer offers in spades. Thanks to the increased height at the rear, the boot volume is larger than that of the fastback saloon: with five people on board, the ID.7 Tourer has a luggage capacity of up to 605 litres. And if you want to load up to the backrests of the front seats and up to the roof, this figure rises to up to 1,714 litres. We think it’s plenty, considering it’s not your typical large SUV.

The estate still benefits from the latest-generation electric drive system, developed on VW’s MEB EV platform, and joins the ID.3 hatchback, the ID.4 and ID.5 SUVs, funky ID.Buzz van, plus the China-only ID.6 in doing so.

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The German automaker has also said that it will offer two different battery sizes for the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer. Depending on the battery energy content, the electric touring car is expected to achieve WLTP ranges of up to 425 miles, which would make it the most any electric estate on sale offers, and give it a few bonus points there.

What is interesting to see here is that Volkswagen has managed to bump up the range from the ID.7 by around 40 miles, but we’ll wait to see how it performs in the real world.

Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer rear view

Besides, AutoCar reports that from launch, the ID.7 Tourer will be offered in two trims: the Tourer Pro which will arrive with a 77kWh battery capable of charging at speeds of up to 175kW for a 10-80 per cent charging time of around 28 minutes.

And topping the line-up is the Pro S, which utilises Volkswagen’s larger 86kWh battery for a WLTP range of 426 miles – just 9 miles less than the saloon version, and the longest range of any electric estate on sale. The S can also charge slightly quicker, with a maximum speed of 200kW.

Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer interior

Both versions feature Volkswagen’s latest APP550 electric motor, developing 282bhp and 402 lb-ft of torque, on the rear axle – which should give a 0-62mph time of just under 7.0secs.

Pricing and sale date for the Volkswagen ID.7 Tourer are yet to be announced by the company, however, we can expect the price to be just a little north of the fastback. So adding the premium estate cost, it should start from somewhere around £55,000. Besides, a performance-oriented, four-wheel-drive GTX variant is also expected to be added later to the ID.7 lineup, so there are more things to be excited about.

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