After years of teasing us with electric-powered concept cars, Volkswagen is finally delivering on its promises with the ID.4 electric SUV—which started life as the ID. Crozz concept vehicle. While it doesn’t look like the famed Microbus-inspired ID. Buzz, the ID.4 is no less important to VW’s goal of rolling out a robust lineup of electric vehicles. The company claims the ID.4 will be able to drive up to 250 miles between charges and its SUV shape and attractive styling should make it a desirable EV. At first, all ID.4 models will offer only rear-wheel drive but all-wheel drive models will join the lineup in 2021—as will a less-expensive base model. Expect to see the ID.4 in Volkswagen showrooms by the end of 2020.
What’s New for 2021?
Not only is the ID.4 a brand new nameplate for the Volkswagen brand, it’s also the first in a series of all-electric models that will combine to create the ID sub-brand.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The ID.4 will eschew Volkswagen’s traditional S, SE, and SEL trim hierarchy and instead will be offered in base, Pro, and 1st Edition trims. A base model priced around $35,000 will satisfy value-minded consumers with EV aspirations, but that entry-level ID.4 won’t launch until sometime in 2022. In the meantime, the ID.4 Pro and loaded 1st Edition models serve as the ID.4’s launch trims. The 1st Edition represents a decent value, as it includes the optional Statement and Gradient packages as standard which normally costs $4500 and $1500, respectively. For that extra outlay of cash buyers will find a larger 12.0-inch infotainment display, a panoramic sunroof, a power-operated rear liftgate, and 20-inch wheels among other niceties.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
While all-wheel drive models will eventually be a part of the ID.4 lineup, the single-motor rear-wheel drive models will be the first to launch. The rear-mounted motor makes 201 horsepower but the dual-motor all-wheel drive model will make a stout 302. Regenerative braking helps recapture energy when slowing the vehicle, and the ID.4 is capable of towing up to 2700 pounds. We haven’t had the chance to test the ID.4 at our test track but when we do we will update this story with more information on its performance.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Volkswagen says the ID.4’s 82 kWh battery pack holds enough juice to power the SUV up to 250 miles between charges, which puts it in the mix with other electric SUVs such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV. Unfortunately for VW, that’s far less than the 316 miles of EPA estimated range for the Tesla Model Y. The battery can be charged at home on 110- or 240-volt connections, of course, but is also capable of DC fast charging.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released any estimates for fuel economy for the ID.4 and we haven’t had the chance to try one on our 200-mile highway fuel economy route. We’ll have an opportunity to do so closer to the SUV’s on-sale date and we’ll update this story with test results then. Note: we’ve found from our testing that EPA range numbers can overstate or understate the real-world highway range difference between EVs.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
While the ID.4’s interior looks less flashy than the ID. Crozz Concept’s cabin, which featured a retractable steering wheel and sliding rear doors, it still offers a contemporary design with high-tech features, ambient lighting, and generous cargo space. The interior design is uncluttered and playful, particularly the 1st Edition model, which comes with accelerator and brake pedals with cheeky play and pause symbols. Cloth seats are standard but adding the optional Statement package adds faux-leather upholstery along with 12-way power adjustable front seats with massage and memory functionality.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The ID.4 comes standard with a 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that can be upgraded to a larger 12.0-inch display with the optional Statement package. Navigation is standard with both displays and we expect popular smartphone connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard as well. All ID.4 models also come with a 5.3-inch reconfigurable digital gauge display and voice recognition capability.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2021 ID.4 hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The electrified VW will offer a host of standard and optional driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Volkswagen currently offers an above-average limited warranty and below-average powertrain coverage compared with rival non-luxury brands, but it offers two years or 20,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance. The ID.4’s electric components should be covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Battery components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for 2 years or 20,000 miles