Volkswagen ID.4 interior
It’s roomy, stylish and quite high-tech inside, although some of that tech could be easier to operate
The ID4’s dashboard feels nicely put together from decent materials, but it falls down elsewhere. You don’t expect cheap-feeling door trims in a £40k VW, for example.
The seats on First Edition models are trimmed in suede and leather, and feel classy, however. Better still, the sheer range of adjustment for the seats and steering wheel makes it easy for anyone to get comfortable.
There are seven trim levels available, called First Edition, Life, Style, Family, Max, GTX and GTX Max. Entry-level Life brings dual-zone climate control, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry and start. Style adds IQ Lights with automatic full beam, tinted rear glass and three-sone climate control.
Family trim adds a panoramic glass roof, heated steering wheel, automatic wipers and a rearview camera, while Max tops this up with electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors, an energy-efficient heat pump, an augmented-reality head-up display and an electrically operated tailgate.
The hot GTX model has 20-inch alloy wheels, a GTX instrument display, sports suspension and variable-ratio steering, while GTX Max adds Dynamic chassis control, electrically adjustable front seats with massage function.
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Disappointingly, the Volkswagen ID4’s in-car technology is open to criticism. It starts off well, with a crisp, bright information display straight ahead that can show all the information you can possibly need.
Unfortunately, the steering-wheel controls you use to operate it can be confusing at the best times. This is because they’re touch-sensitive, and do different things depending on whether they’re pressed or swiped. It is too complex, especially on the move – buttons are just easier.
The central touchscreen display and associated controls suffer similarly. Yes, the screen itself responds pretty quickly, and has decently sharp graphics. However, things that should be easily done while on the move – such as adjusting the fan speed or temperature – are just a faff because there are no dials to turn or switches to press. Same applies to the touch-sensitive controls beneath the screen for the climate functions and audio volume; these are hard to use accurately on the move and aren’t even backlit at all at night. Bizarre.
Yes, there’s also a voice-control system, but we’ve tried this in a few VWs and it has been uniformly glitchy.
Still, the system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is what you’ll probably use most of the time.