Volkswagen ID Buzz lives up to the hype

The Volkswagen ID Buzz has been crowned What Car? Car of the Year 2023.

It was named the best new car to be launched in the past 12 months at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London.

The ID Buzz was also crowned Best Large Electric Car and stood out for combining the practicality of an MPV with the comfort of a luxury SUV, while undercutting rivals such as the  BMW iX3, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC.

Adding to its appeal, the ID Buzz has an official all-electric range of 260 miles and can charge from 10-80% in less than half an hour.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford, said: “The ID Buzz has been eagerly anticipated because of its nostalgic styling, but all of our judges were blown away by the fact it didn’t just live up to expectations but, in fact, was even better than the hype. It’s great to drive, wonderful to be in, has more space than most families could ever ask for and substantially undercuts many SUV rivals on a monthly finance deal.”

Other big winners on the night included Land Rover, whose big-selling Range Rover Sport was hailed the Best Luxury Car, while at the other end of the scale MG won Best Small Electric Car for its MG4 EV.

The Tesla Model 3 was also honoured, dethroning the BMW 3 Series as Best Executive Car, although BMW took three other category wins for the Best Coupé (4 Series), Best Convertible (4 Series Convertible) and the Technology Award (BMW i7).

Another notable winner was the Genesis GV60, which won the Best Electric SUV category.