Volkswagen ID.4 Review
Volkswagen’s all-new VW ID4 electric SUV aims to take on the Tesla Model Y, BMW iX3 and upcoming Nissan Ariya. There’s just one battery option available at the moment but it has an official range of 310 miles.
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The Volkswagen ID4 electric car is a bigger, more practical version of the ID3 hatchback. It’s VW’s second purpose-built electric car and is an alternative to upcoming electric SUVs such as the Tesla Model Y, Skoda Enyaq iV and Nissan Ariya — and it’s now on sale.
The ID3 hatchback is a bit like the iPhone in 2007 — the car that makes the masses switch to EVs, like the iPhone did the smartphone. Well, if the ID3 is the iPhone, that would make the Volkswagen ID4 its Max equivalent. Similar at its heart, but larger — and a touch more expensive. This all-electric SUV is due to arrive later in 2021.
The Volkswagen ID4 looks a little like sci-fi films in the ‘80s predicted cars today would look like. It’s similar in dimensions to the Volkswagen Tiguan but takes on a much more rounded design, such is the fashion with electric cars.
Upfront, slim LED headlights are connected by an LED light bar that stretches the width of the bonnet while two intakes sit low on the bumper and break up an otherwise minimalist front end. There’s no fake grille here too, fortunately, as you might see on other all-electric cars (we’re looking at you, BMW iX3).
At the back, a wide lightbar mimics the similar element of the front of the car. It looks pretty good in pictures, but let’s see the ID4 in the metal before making a final verdict.
The minimalist design theme is carried through to the interior of the car. You won’t even find a gear level here — rather a knob to twist up near the driver’s display, similar to that on a BMW i3.
Speaking of that driver’s display, it’ll be standard on all ID4s in the UK, giving you key information like speed and charge as well as other bits on a crisp display. There’s a 10-inch infotainment system too.
It looks like something out of a sci-fi film, and there's plenty of tech to back up the smart design.
There’s little in the way of physical buttons as well, with most of the controls confined to the central screen. You won’t have to rely solely on using the infotainment on the move though, with the ID4 also supporting voice control on the go.
The ID4 will only be available at launch in ‘1st Edition’ trim, which brings a brown and white interior to the car. It’s a little bold in the pictures, but we’ll see how it really looks in person.
As for boot space, the Volkswagen ID4 offers 534 litres — ever so slightly more than the BMW iX3’s 510 litres. To keep with the Volkswagen Tiguan comparison, too, that internal combustion alternative does have 615 litres — so the ID4 doesn’t quite match it.
At launch in the UK, the Volkswagen ID4 will be available with a 77kWh battery linked up to a 204hp electric motor, good for 310Nm of torque. This setup drives the rear wheels and can shift the ID4 from 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds.
It’ll do a claimed 310 miles between charges, and supports 125kW fast charging that adds 199 miles of range to the Volkswagen ID4 in just 30 minutes. Sounds like recharging will be delightfully quick, then.
Other power options will be available for the ID4 in due course. A 52kWh hour battery will be available with either 148hp or 170hp motors, while a 177hp version of the 77kWh car is slated for production too.
Expect a high-performance variant of the Volkswagen ID4 down the line as well. This will use two motors producing 306hp and send the SUV from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds, as well as featuring a four-wheel-drive system. One alternative for this will the mechanically-similar Skoda Enyaq vRS.
Pricing for the Volkswagen ID4 starts at £37,800 after the government’s plug-in car grant, with sales now live, launching exclusively in 1st Edition trim. First deliveries expected in March.
We’re yet to drive the Volkswagen ID4, but keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be letting you know what it’s like as soon as we’ve been behind the wheel.
In the meantime, take a look at the latest VW ID4 prices.
Common Volkswagen ID4 questions
How much is the VW ID4?
Recommended retail pricing for the Volkswagen ID4 starts at £37,800 after the £3,00 government plug-in car grant. However, take a look at the latest carwow VW ID4 prices to get a fantastic deal that could save you money.
What is the range of the VW ID4?
In its launch form, the Volkswagen ID4 is capable of covering 310 miles between charges. Other versions of the car with varying mileage figures will be available down the line, though.
Where is the VW ID4 made?
The first examples of the Volkswagen ID4 will be built in Zwickau, Germany. Another German factory, in Emden, is set to start production of the ID4 in 2022 while plants in American and China are on the cards as well.