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Find out what happened when we put the Volkswagen ID Buzz 2023 to the ultimate long-term test!

There are certain cars that you just can’t help but fall in love with, and for me, the Volkswagen ID Buzz 2023 is one of them. It’s big, bold, and unapologetically retro, and it’s the kind of vehicle that demands attention wherever it goes. So when the opportunity came up to spend a year with this modern day revival of the classic VW Microbus, I jumped at the chance.

From the moment I laid eyes on the ID Buzz, I knew that this was a vehicle with real character. The two-tone paint job, the distinctive front grille, and the chunky, oversized wheels all scream 1960s cool, and it’s impossible not to feel a surge of nostalgia every time you see it. But this isn’t just a case of style over substance—far from it.

Under the hood, the ID Buzz is powered by a pair of electric motors, one on each axle, which deliver a combined output of over 300 horsepower. This means that despite its considerable size, the Buzz is actually surprisingly quick off the mark, and the instant torque delivery makes it a joy to drive in the city. The range is also pretty impressive, with the larger battery option allowing for over 300 miles on a single charge, so long road trips are definitely on the cards.

Inside, the ID Buzz is just as impressive. The retro styling continues, with a dashboard that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1960s living room, but it’s all brought bang up to date with a host of modern technology. The infotainment system is slick and responsive, and the digital instrument cluster is a joy to use. There’s also plenty of space for passengers, with room for up to seven adults, and the flexible seating arrangement means that you can easily switch between carrying people and cargo.

Of course, living with a car for a year means that you get to know all of its quirks and foibles, and the ID Buzz is no exception. While the ride is generally comfortable, the sheer size of the vehicle means that it can feel a little unwieldy on narrow city streets, and parking can be a bit of a challenge. And while the range is good, it’s still not quite at the level of a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle, so longer journeys require a bit of planning.

But all of these are minor niggles in the grand scheme of things. The Volkswagen ID Buzz 2023 has won me over with its sheer charm, its practicality, and its impressive electric powertrain. It’s a vehicle that puts a smile on your face every time you drive it, and I’ll be sad to see it go when it’s time to give it back. But for now, I’m going to make the most of every moment I have left with this modern day icon.

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