Volkswagen ID.Buzz Cargo Review 2024

Volkswagen ID.Buzz Cargo At A Glance


+Amazing styling, 200+ mile range, hugely desirable, well-equipped and well-trimmed, great standout vehicle to get your business noticed, strong projected residuals

-Lacks payload and load volume of rivals

Vans aren't usually items that are bought with heart-over-head but for business owners wanting to get themselves noticed, there are a few real stand-outs. The Volkswagen ID.Buzz is one. Volkswagen launched the passenger version first, but does it work as a van? Find out in our Volkswagen ID.Buzz Cargo review.

The VW ID.Buzz Cargo is a full EV - there's no plug-in hybrid or conventional engine alternative - and it has just a single motor for now, though this will evolve in time as longer range models with larger batteries are planned. As it stands, it uses a 77kWh battery and a 204PS electric motor, powering the rear wheels. 

The 77kWh battery gives a range of up to 258 miles, which is well beyond what cheaper electric vans such as the Citroen e-Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo-e are offering.

The flip-side is that although the Volkswagen ID.Buzz Cargo may appear much bigger than those rivals - it isn't. It will only carry one Euro pallet and the payload of 607kg is actually less than that of a Citroën e-Berlingo. A Vauxhall Vivaro-e will carry twice as much.

Those models are purely functional though - the Volkswagen ID.Buzz Cargo is a van that will turn heads everywhere it goes and for sole traders and small businesses that's a massive benefit, as it's guaranteed to get you noticed. 

Underneath, the VW ID.Buzz uses the same platform as Volkswagen electric cars such as the VW ID.4 and while this is core to its payload limitations, it does also give the ID.Buzz Cargo impressive handling - it's fast, agile and car-like to drive. The interior is also extremely smart, well-made and extremely refined. 

It's surprisingly keenly priced. Not cheap, by any stretch, but equally not sold at such a premium that it becomes unappealing as a business purchase. 

Two models are available - the entry-level VW ID.Buzz Cargo Commerce with black plastic bumpers, steel wheels, front and rear parking sensors, air conditioning, a heated driver’s seat and a central 10-inch touchscreen. The VW ID.Buzz Commerce Plus adds body-colour bumpers, alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control and a heated windscreen among other features.