New Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Uncovered: Price, Features And Release Date< Back to blog
Volkswagen‘s newest edition to its electrified ID range. The Volkswagen ID.4 is a futuristic SUV that does the bare essentials well.
- Refined, futuristic buttonless interior
- 18″ modern-design alloy wheels
- Roof rail for additional storage
- 10-colour ambient mood lighting (option of 30 colours)
- 201bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels
- Official WLTP range of 323 miles
- 99kWh battery pack
- Dual-motor, four-wheel-drive versions to join the line-up
- Available to buy/lease in 2021
- Prices expected to start from around £41,000 (inc. government’s £3,000 plug-in grant)
Volkswagen ID.4 design
The ID.4 bolsters VW’s all-electric range with its big, flexible SUV design. As well as lending itself to the car’s practicality (we’ll get onto the part later on), the vehicle’s design gives it a muscular look. Just like its smaller ID.3 relative, all ID.4 models get the same striking front bumper (minus a conventional grille). Instead, the brand has placed a sleek LED strip across the front that pairs with the subtly smart new badge.
Take a good look at the ID.4 from the side and you’ll begin to appreciate the lengths Volkswagen has gone to ensure that the vehicle has sporty pizzazz. Short overhangs, prominent plastic side mouldings and large 18″ machined face alloy wheels (bigger 19″ and 21″ options are available) all contribute to this bold, modern and aggressive look.
Modern-day motor themes are carried on through to the back of VW’s new electric SUV. Another distinctive LED strip for the brake lights spans the entire width of the ID.4’s rear.
A unique ‘ID.4’ insignia nestles underneath the Volkswagen badge too. As well as serving to identify this model, this also gives it unique exclusivity that only belongs to the ID range. Again, another nice touch.
Volkswagen ID.4 interior
The ID.4 interior comes with a minimalist, sci-fi feel that has become synonymous with new models. A big nod to this is the way the 10″ central infotainment system and touch-sensitive symbols replace conventional buttons/dials for everything from climate control to your onboard media.
One issue this may present is that it could be too fiddly and distracting while you’re behind the wheel. However, the brand hopes to kerb this by introducing a voice control feature. Simply say “Hello ID”, followed by your command and you’ll be able to operate the infotainment system hands-free for what should be a safer experience. According to VW, the system recognises natural speech so you shouldn’t have to awkwardly repeat yourself in order to be understood.
Backing up the central infotainment display is a smaller 5.3″ driver information display behind the steering wheel. It’s well-positioned so that all the useful numbers (remaining battery life, traffic sign recognition, speedometer etc.) is positioned within your line of sight.
From the off, high-spec First Edition models of the VW ID.4 are going go be the only trim available. More entry-level versions are expected to join the line-up later in 2021.
For now, the First Edition can be marvelled at for its plush interior design. Suede-like Alcantara covers the seats and there’s even swathes of leather on either sides of the seats too. Contrasting colour options for the steering wheel, both digital displays and along the door sills give the car its own fresh identity.
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Volkswagen ID.4 engines
Driving the VW ID.4’s rear wheels is a 201bhp electric motor that sends it from 0-62mph in a swift 8.5 seconds, with a top speed of 99mph. Backing this up is a 99kWh battery that provides an electric range of 323 miles. That’s more than the Skoda Enyaq iV and pricier rivals like the Mercedes EQC, Audi E-Tron and even the esteemed Tesla Model X.
Like all electric cars, the ID.4’s engine is married up to an automatic, single-gear transmission that, according to VW, has ‘no delay’ when you put your foot down. Of course we’ll have to wait until the car is on sale to be able to give a full review of how the engine feels out on the road.
There’s been plenty of discussion about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists among electric cars because of how quiet they are. To tackle this, manufacturers (including Volkswagen with the ID.4) develop artificial engine noise to sound urban speeds so that there’s an indication of when the car is close. Up to speeds of 18mph the ID.4 will let out a fake engine noise.
Volkswagen ID.4 driving and safety
If the debutant ID.3 is anything to go off, we can expect big things from the ID.4’s driving experience. This car too is rear-wheel-drive and offers a sensibly balanced ride, with plenty of steering precision. Hopefully, the ID.4 emulates this so that it has driving dynamics similar to that of sporty SUVs like the Seat Arona.
The ID.4 comes as standard with modern safety systems that you’d come to expect of any new car hitting the market. Lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking will be standard, and adaptive cruise control will be an option across the range of trims.
Semi-autonomous driving is going to be offered for the ID.4 as ‘Travel Assist’, a version of which already features in the ever-popular Golf. We’re not quite sure what this includes yet, but it’s going to be the latest version of software and drivers are still expected to monitor it. If you let go of the steering wheel for more than 15 seconds, for example, visual/audible warnings and even braking intervention is expected.
Volkswagen ID.4 practicality
A big boot is an essential component of any large family SUV, so the 543-litre cargo boasted by the ID.4 will delight most buyers. Our only gripe is that there isn’t a 40:20:40 seating arrangement that lets you individually fold down the seats depending on your load needs. However, 60:40 is still pretty good, and there’s even a handy ski hatch in the middle spot that lets you put longer items in the back more easily.
Just as important as room for yours and your family’s stuff is how much space there is for your family. A lot is the answer.
There’s no risk of anyone complaining about head or legroom in the front or back of this car – its 4.5-metre long, 1.8-metre wide and 1.6-metre tall body allows this.
If you want to maximise your load space, dropping all the seats in the back creates a huge 1,575-litre load bay. With an adjustable boot floor as standard, you won’t need to strain to lift heavier items over any form of load lip either.
Volkswagen ID.4 price and release date
A starting price of £41,000 is expected for the ID.4 when the government’s £3,000 plug-in grant for vehicles less than £50,000 is factored in.
The Skoda Enyaq is much cheaper (£30,450 with the grant), but the ID.4 sits in between this model and pricy EV SUVs like the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron.
So when can you get your hands on a VW ID.4? Well, according to Volkswagen it will be on sale in the second half of 2021.
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