2021 Volkswagen ID 4 electric SUV: what we know so far

The Volkswagen ID 4 electric family SUV will cost from around £40,000 and can carry you more than 300 miles between charges...

Volkswagen ID 4 front

On sale: 2021 | Price from: £40,000 (est)

Electric SUVs are launching thick and fast these days, but there are few that have the level of hype surrounding them as the Volkswagen ID 4. It’s the second model to join Volkswagen’s ID-badged range of electric vehicles, following on from the ID 3 family hatchback. What Car? Readers are clearly interested in that car – our early drive in a prototype version is consistently among the most-read first drive stories on whatcar.com – and the same wave of expectation is likely to precede the ID 4.

Volkswagen ID 4 rear

The ID 4 started life as the ID Crozz concept car shown in 2017, and has retained many of that car’s styling features on its journey to production. Initially, it will be offered with a single 201bhp electric motor and with a range of up to 311 miles. That range is close to that of the larger Tesla Model X, which can travel up to 314 miles between charges according to official WLTP tests, but the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach E still rules the electric SUV roost when it comes to how far you can travel between charges, with up to 370 miles expected.

A more powerful version with four-wheel drive will come within the first year of the ID 4 being on sale, and is expected to offer up to 302bhp from its dual electric motors. Just like the ID 3, the ID 4 is expected to be offered with a range of different battery options.

While Volkswagen has yet to show the ID 4’s interior, we’re expecting to see a similar design to that of the ID 3 (pictured below), with very few buttons, a large central infotainment screen and a digital display in place of conventional dials.

2020 Volkswagen ID 3 interior

Although the ID 4 will have interior space on par with the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, it won’t have seating for seven. Instead, a larger electric SUV, previewed by the ID Roomzz concept car, will come later on. Potential buyers wanting a more svelte shape for their electric SUV won’t have long to wait, either. A coupé-shaped model based on the ID 4 – and likely to be called the ID 5 – is already waiting in the wings.

Volkswagen ID 4 side

While prices won’t be announced until closer to the ID 4 appearing in showrooms, a starting price of close to £40,000 is likely. It’s worth remembering that you can currently get a £3500 discount when buying an electric car through the government’s electric car grant, too.

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