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VW ID.4 Review

Written by Allan Noble · 22/10/21

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a crossover five-door electric SUV based on VW's MEB platform. The 1st edition of the electric car was unveiled in September 2020. However, the Volkswagen ID.4 2021 edition only began to be exported to the North American market some six months after its European launch. A Volkswagen ID.4 2021 edition has two body shapes. The coupe version of the car is being marketed by VW as the ID.5 in Europe but this version is confusingly still called the ID.4 in America. For clarity, this Volkswagen ID.4 review will solely focus on the five-door SUV version of the VW ID.4, the one that is expected to be Volkswagen's biggest all-electric seller in the UK.

Summary

Designed to compete with the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach E in North America, the ID.4 Volkswagen has produced in its 1st edition looks good, offers plenty of space inside and is a car that is designed for a mass market. The model is the second electric car to be badged under the ID marque, the first being the ID.3 which is VW's electric equivalent of the Golf. For comparison's sake, the 1st edition of the Volkswagen ID.4 2021 is just a little larger than the VW Tiguan. It is also roomier than the Kia e-Niro, a comparable SUV with an electric motor. In 2021 Volkswagen has also pitched the car against the Citroen e-C4, another hatchback with an electric motor. Although the Volkswagen ID.4 certainly feels like a 'me too' car at times, there can be no doubt that the VW ID.4 marks significant progress with battery-powered technology.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

To begin with, the Volkswagen ID.4 2021 edition has been equipped with a choice of two different battery packs. The Pure and Pure Performance ID.4 models come with a 52kWh battery while the Pro Performance ID.4 comes with a 77kWh battery. The former versions of the Volkswagen ID.4 will offer owners a range of up to 213 miles in perfect driving conditions. The Pro Performance VW ID.4, on the other hand, will provide a theoretical 310 mile range before it needs to recharge. If you want to charge your Volkswagen ID.4 from empty to full for 310 miles of range from a wallbox, then you can expect it to take eight and a half hours, similar to the ID.3. If you have the 77kWh battery to charge, then expect this to take over 12 hours from a 7.5 kW outlet. However, a more practical 10 per cent to 80 per cent charge of the car from a 100 kW rapid charger would take only around half an hour, something that not every Volkswagen ID.4 review makes clear. As such, ID.4s are very practical electric vehicles, certainly at least as practical as the ID.3 from the perspective of charging.

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