Volkswagen finally delivers on its promises after years of teasers with electric-powered concept cars. The ID.4 electric SUV was originally known as the ID. The Crozz concept car. It doesn’t look exactly like the Microbus-inspired ID. The ID.4 is still a key component of VW’s plan to produce a strong lineup of electric cars. Buzz says so. The ID.4 Pro has a 260-mile range, while the 1st Edition or Pro S models can go 250 miles on a single charge. All-wheel drive is available as an option, but rear-wheel drive is standard. It also allows for faster acceleration times.
What’s new for 2021?
The ID.4 is a new brand nameplate for Volkswagen. It’s also the first of a series all-electric models which will be combined to create the ID sub-brand. The lineup will soon include a 295-hp ID.4 GTX.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The ID.4 will not be available in the traditional S, SE and SEL trim levels of Volkswagen. Instead, it will be available in Pro, 1st Edition and Pro S trims. The base model will be priced at $35,000 to satisfy value-minded customers with EV aspirations. However, the entry-level ID.4 will not launch until 2022. It includes both the optional Statement and Gradient packages, which usually cost $4500 and $1500 respectively. The 1st edition is a good value. Buyers can purchase a 12.0-inch infotainment screen, a panoramic sunroof and a power-operated rear liftinggate for an additional cost.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
The ID.4’s single rear-mounted motor produces 201 horsepower, while the dual-motor all wheel drive model makes 302. The vehicle can tow a staggering 2700 pounds. Although regenerative braking can help to recapture energy while slowing down the vehicle, the one-pedal driving style that EV drivers are accustomed to is missing, even in the ID.4’s most aggressive regenerative mode. The traditional gut-punch acceleration electric vehicles provide is also missing. Although the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 is not slow by compact-crossover standards it runs at 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. This makes it far more relaxed than faster EV rivals. The ID.4’s acceleration performance is enhanced by choosing the all-wheel-drive model, which was evident in its 5.4 second jump to 60 mph on our track. Although the ID.4 handles slower than other EVs in acceleration, we still love its smooth ride and quiet cabin.
Range, Charging, Battery Life
Volkswagen claims the ID.4’s 77 kWh lithium-ion battery packs can power the SUV for up to 260 miles without needing to recharge, placing it alongside other electric SUVs like the Hyundai Kona Electric or the Kia Niro EV. VW is disappointed that this range is far lower than the EPA-estimated 316 mile range for the Tesla Model Y. You can charge the battery at home using 110- and 240-volt connections. However, it is also capable to fast charge with DC.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The EPA rates ID.4 1st Edition’s fuel economy at 104 MPGE city and 89 MPGE highway with a driving range of 250 miles and a charging cost of 107 MPGE city. Pro S is slightly more efficient at 107 MPGE city, 91MPGE highway, and up 260 miles driving per charge. The rear-wheel-drive ID.4 1st edition delivered 82 MPGe on our 75-mph highway fuel efficiency test route and continued for 190 miles. Our testing has shown that EPA range numbers can either overstate or underestimate the real-world highway range differences between EVs. The 190-mile test was done in temperatures below freezing, which can dramatically reduce driving range.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The ID.4 interior is less flashy than that of the ID. Crozz Concept’s cabin featured a retractable steering column and sliding rear doors. However, the interior still has a modern design, high-tech features and ample cargo space. The interior design is playful and uncluttered, especially the 1st Edition model. It comes with an accelerator and brake pedal with cheeky play and pausing symbols. Cloth seats come standard, but the Statement package adds faux leather upholstery and 12-way power adjustable front chairs with massage and memory functionality.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Standard equipment includes a 10.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. This can be upgraded with the optional Statement package to get a larger 12.0-inch screen. This software is exclusive to the ID.4; we found it more complicated than the standard setup in gasoline-powered Volkswagens. Both displays come standard with navigation, as well as the wireless versions for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. All ID.4 models come standard with a 5.3 inch reconfigurable digital gauge display as well as voice recognition capabilities.