Volkswagen ID.4 review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Performance & drive

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 rear cornering
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

You can have your Volkswagen ID.4 with 146bhp, 168bhp, 201bhp or 295bhp, so there's plenty of choice here. We haven't tried the entry-level 148bhp motor (called the Pure) or the 168bhp (Pure Performance), but based on the official performance figures, acceleration will be modest.

The 201bhp Pro Performance, which we have tried, accelerates quickly enough for most, with 0-60mph taking 7.8sec in our tests). That's quite a lot slower than any Kia EV6 or Tesla Model 3, though.

It’s nothing like as bad as the Mach-E, either, which never settles on any surface. The ID.4 ride comfort can be improved by going for adaptive suspension (DCC in Volkswagen speak), but you have to go for a pricey Max version or fork out a lot of money for the Sport pack plus. We wouldn't bother.

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 rear cornering

Handling

The ID.4 isn't a particularly entertaining car to drive, but it is composed and capable by class standards. That makes it entirely fit for purpose as a large family electric SUV.

The steering is progressive as you begin to turn into a corner so it’s easy to judge where the nose is heading. It weights up a bit too much past a quarter of a turn, but it’s far from an arm wrestle in a multi-storey car park.

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