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Volkswagen ID 4 review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Introduction

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  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 left tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 alloy whee detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior detail
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The ‘ID’ in Volkswagen ID 4 stands for Intelligent Design. So does that mean this SUV can do your daughter’s homework or get the wifi working? Well, no.

Intelligence here is about contemporary thinking, and the ID 4 is a very 21st century machine. For a start, the smooth, unfussy design is bang on trend, as is what’s under its suave exterior: a big battery powering a powerful electric motor (or two).

FAQs

  • The ID 4 was too new to feature in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Volkswagen as a brand didn’t do especially well, finishing well down the field in 20th place out of 30 brands. Every ID 4 comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, while the car’s battery has an eight-year, 100,000-miles warranty. Read more here

  • It depends which battery you go for. Entry-level ID 4s have a 52kWh battery that managed 213 miles between charges in official tests, while the larger 77kWh battery on more expensive versions recorded a figure of 324 miles. Our Real Range testing suggests you’ll get closer to 170 miles or 260 miles depending on battery size, the weather and how you drive. Read more here

  • We recommend going for a mid-range Pro Performance model, which gets you the larger of the ID 4’s two battery sizes (77kWh) and a 201bhp electric motor, which is enough for a 0-60mph sprint time of just 7.8sec. Our trim pick is mid-range Style, which is worth paying a bit extra for because it adds tri-zone climate control and a height-adjustable boot floor. Read more here

  • Most versions get a 10in touchscreen, but top-of-the-range ID 4s get a 12in one (you can also add that as part of an options pack). Both screens look swish, but there’s a big delay between you pressing the screen and anything happening, and while there’s lots of functionality, some of it is hidden in confusing menus. You do at least get wireless smartphone mirroring, so you can bypass Volkswagen’s system for some functions. Read more here

  • Euro NCAP gave the ID 4 a full five stars out of five for safety, and it scored well for child occupant protection. Every ID 4 comes with automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance and a system to monitor how tired you are. If you go for a Max version or pay to add the Assistance Pack Plus to cheaper versions, you also get blind-spot monitoring and other assistance features. Read more here

  • The ID 4’s 543-litre boot is bigger than many of its electric SUV rivals, and we managed to fit nine carry-on cases below the parcel shelf. You can fit more in the boot of the ID 4 than most of its rivals – indeed, in our tests we managed to squeeze nine carry-on suitcases below its parcel shelf. As well as the main boot area, there’s also a small space under the boot floor to store your charging cables. Read more here

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RRP price range £37,900 - £58,390
Number of trims (see all)4
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)electric
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £76 / £117
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £151 / £233
Available colours