Volkswagen ID.4 review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Interior

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 front right tracking
  • 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
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 right tracking
  • 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
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 front right tracking
  • 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
  • Volkswagen ID.4 2021 right tracking
  • 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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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

Let’s start with the good bits. The Volkswagen ID.4's driver's seat is supportive, especially through corners, and its manual controls are easy to use. Adjustable lumbar support isn't fitted as standard on the cheaper trims but our testers didn't note any back pain on longer journeys.

The steering wheel extends a good amount for height and reach, and the pod for the digital instruments moves with it so you can always see the display. There's a single folding armrest attached to the driver’s seat. It's not as comfortable as the broader centre armrest you get in a Ford Mustang Mach-E but it’s fine.

Volkswagen gives you very effective LED headlights, a rear-view camera, and front and rear parking sensors as standard.

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 interior dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

The standard 10.0in touchscreen infotainment system is quite small compared with the massive 15.0in portrait screen you get in the Mach-E and Tesla Model 3, and the operating system is nothing like as slick as either rival's. The ID.4's Infotainment pack plus (standard on Max versions) gives you a larger 12in screen but no noticeable improvements in usability.

It's a case style over substance – Volkswagen has tried to make the graphics look fancy but the display is laggy and confusingly laid out. The Kia EV6 system is far more straightforward to operate and responds more promptly to presses, as does the Model 3's.

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