The vehicle will arrive stateside in the second half of 2024 and will be sold as a 2025 model-year unit. Thank you, Europeans, for testing it out first and allowing VW to make any last-minute changes to improve the car for the American market.
The fact that it's already available over the pond means important organizations like the Euro NCAP can test some copies out and tell us what's what in terms of safety. In this day and age, cars can be very smart.
That's an advantage for everyone, including what self-driving companies and other institutions call "vulnerable road users." So, pedestrians, cyclists, bikers, and other traffic participants can be a little calmer when they see the VW logo and the thin LED light bar that appears to aesthetically fix it in place.
The vehicles scored 95% in the adult occupant section, 88% for child occupants, 83% for vulnerable road users, and 80% when the advanced safety systems were put to the test.
The ID.7 Pro lost a couple of points because it doesn't come with a knee airbag, a center airbag for the front passenger, and two more airbags for the rear passengers. Fortunately, if you care deeply about anyone in your car, the chest and pelvis airbags are options that await your check mark.
Euro NCAP concluded that protection "was good for all critical body areas of the passenger." It's easy to see why the organization reached that verdict after looking at the photo gallery or the video below. The ID.7 shows superior structural strength while also crumpling easily to divert the kinetic energy from hurting the passengers even more in case of a frontal or lateral crash.
The sedan can also brake after an impact, which can mitigate more collisions from happening.
In case of contact with a pedestrian, the VW has an active hood. The actuators can lift it automatically to prevent contact with the metal structure underneath. That's, of course, the solution you want in case the automatic emergency braking isn't enough to bring the car to a standstill.
The driver-assistance systems that can double as backups in case you're not taking timely action are also efficient and jump in just in time to avoid a disaster. Do remember, though, that it's better to drive a little slower than never arrive at your destination. It's a simple philosophy, but it can save you a lot of hassle and worry.
Euro NCAP's rating was achieved by testing the entry-level Pro trim, but the organization says the five-star score applies to the Pro S and GTX trims. If you live in a place where the roads get icy, the latter adds all-wheel drive and more power.