VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 ELECTRIC ESTATE 109kW Life Pure 52kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.9s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range213 miles

Volkswagen ramps up its efforts in the EV segment with this ID.4 compact mid-sized Crossover, the marque's first global market electric vehicle. It aims to deliver more of a premium choice than volume brands can currently offer in this rapidly growing segment. Ready for the EV switch and need a reasonably compact SUV with a bit more of an up-market feel? We think you might be tempted by this one.

FOUR-STYLING

The ID.4 is Volkswagen's most important EV yet. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen ramps up its efforts in the EV segment with this ID.4 compact mid-sized Crossover, the marque's first global market electric vehicle. It aims to deliver more of a premium choice than volume brands can currently offer in this rapidly growing segment. Ready for the EV switch and need a reasonably compact SUV with a bit more of an up-market feel? We think you might be tempted by this one.

Background

If any further proof was needed that Volkswagen is serious about EVs, the ID.4 provides it. This is the first all-electric model the Wolfsburg brand will sell globally and will play a key role in the realisation of the maker's plan to sell 1.5 million EVs worldwide by 2025. Expect the ID.4 to account for about a third of that total - so yes, it could hardly be more important. As you can see from the pictures, it's a compact mid-sized SUV which aims to take on established similarly orientated EV crossover contenders like the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric. And new ones like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y. In line with this ID.4's global pretensions, it's being built not only in Germany (at VW's Zwickau plant) but also by factories in China and the US. As you'd probably expect, all the engineering here is shared with the similar VW Group EVs that campaign in this class, the Skoda Enyak iV and the CUPRA el-Born, two cars who represent arguably this Volkswagen's closest rivals. And predictably, the ID.4 uses the same MEB electric platform that features in the existing (and only slightly smaller) ID.3 hatchback.

Driving Experience

There's a bit to adapt to if this is your first experience of EV motoring. No gearstick, no handbrake, no ignition key and just the sound of silence as the fixed ratio transmission blends an almost endless wave of torque into meaningful and surprisingly rapid forward progress. The forward thrust away from rest isn't quite as abrupt as it is in Volkswagen's smaller ID.3, mostly because the ID.4 is nearly 200kgs heavier, a factor which affects most areas of this car's drive demeanour, sometimes helpfully, sometimes not. That of course is a legacy of the substantial battery packs it must carry about. Base models, which respectively feature electric motors developing either 148PS or 170PS, use a 52kWh lithium-ion unit offering a claimed driving distance of up to 213 miles. The longer-range variant, using a motor putting out 204PS, has a rather more substantial 77kWh battery that ups that to as much as 310 miles. Like Volkswagen's original post-war Beetle, this car is rear-driven and when you drive it in town, you quickly realise the real advantages of placing the powertrain - the electric motor and its associated single-speed auto gearbox - on the back axle, thereby freeing up the front wheels for steering duties; the result is a London taxi-like 10.2-metre turning circle. Beyond the city limits, that drive format allows for a near-50:50 almost perfect weight distribution which, together with the low centre of gravity provided by the central battery pack placement, helps disguise the portly weight this SUV must carry around. Traction through the turns is excellent and body roll is checked by firm damping cleverly engineered for suppleness over poor surfaces. All of which ought to provide the recipe for a decently sporting EV - and in some ways it does, though the steering, while accurate, offers disappointingly little real feedback. If you do prioritise performance in your choice of ID.4, Volkswagen wants you to consider the top flagship GTX variant, which sees the top 77kWh battery mated to electric motors on both axles, which delivers 4WD capability and more potent 299PS total output. That variant gets an extra 'Traction' mode to add to the other drive settings common across the model line-up; there's 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual'. Plus you get an 'Eco' setting that, to maximise range, you'll need to frequently use in combination with the available 'B' regenerative braking function, which slows the car significantly when you come off the accelerator.

Design and Build

The ID.4 shares many styling cues with its ID.3 hatch stablemate but it's a slightly bigger thing, 4,584mm long, 1,852mm wide and 1,612mm tall. To give you some perspective, that makes it 102mm longer and 13mm wider than Volkswagen's more conventional Tiguan mid-sized SUV. Full-LED headlights are standard and top models get big 20 or 21-inch wheels. Inside, there's an open, minimalist design with a digital screen behind the wheel for the instruments and a central infotainment touchscreen that'll be either 10-inches or 12-inches in size, depending on the trim level you've chosen. A rocker switch attached to the steering column is used to select the three available drive modes. And all the main cabin features are accessible via advanced "Hello Volkswagen" voice control. One hi-tech feature we really like is the impressive augmented reality head-up-display, which artificially projects key information and navigation commands straight onto your view of the road ahead. At the back, there's comfortable space for a couple of adults (it'd be a squash for three). And there's a very decently-sized 543-litre boot, extendable to 1,575-litres with the rear seat folded. A tonne of weight can be towed too, this being the first Volkswagen EV to be offered with the option of a tow bar.

Market and Model

The ID.4 range kicks off with base 'Life'-spec variants. Choose the smaller 52kWh battery and the smaller 148PS 'Pure' electric motor with this level of trim and you'll get yourself the only ID.4 model in the range that costs under £35,000 and therefore can qualify for the government's Plug-in Car Grant. Which means that this entry-level ID.4 can be yours for just over £32,000 after grant deduction. There's a big price jump to the other models in the range which have to do without any grant assistance. The same 'Life'-spec 52kWh model with the faster 170PS 'Pure Performance' motor costs from around £36,000. And a 'Life'-spec model with the bigger 77kWh battery, which must be had with the 204PS 'Pro Performance' motor, costs from around £41,500. Going further up the line-up, just under £40,000 gets you mid-range 'Style'-spec, where the smaller 52kWh battery is offered with either the 148PS 'Pure' or the 170PS 'Pure Performance' motors. From there on in the line-up, your only battery option is the bigger 77kWh unit, offered with the 204PS 'Pro Performance' motor with 'Family' and 'Max' trimmed models priced between £45,000 and £50,000. If you want to go further, there's a top GTX high performance 4WD model which uses the 77kWh battery and has two motors (one on each axle) offering a 299PS total output. The GTX costs from around £49,000 in standard form - or costs just over £55,000 in top-spec GTX Max trim.

Cost of Ownership

As we said in our 'Driving' section, base models, which respectively feature electric motors developing either 148PS or 170PS, use a 52kWh lithium-ion unit offering a claimed driving distance of up to 213 miles. The longer-range 77kWh variant with its 204PS motor, ups that to as much as 310 miles. To achieve that, you'll need to frequently use the provided 'Eco' drive mode setting, ideally in combination with the available 'B' regenerative braking function, which slows the car significantly when you come off the accelerator. Whatever ID.4 model you select, your charging regime should be quite straightforward. There's a 'We Charge' app that helps you find and use over 150,000 public charge points. An AC1-phase 7.2kW garage wallbox would replenish the 52kWh model from zero in about nine and a half hours; think a little over 12 hours for the 77kWh variant. What about if you find a public rapid charger along your route? Well the smaller 52kWh battery supports 100kW DC charging; the 77kWh battery ups that to 125kW, which means that even on this longer range model, at a DC3 100kW charge point, it'll take no more than around 30 minutes to recharge your ID.4 with enough direct current to cover the next 137 miles. You should also make savings in BiK payments (there's a 0% rating), as well as road tax, congestion charging and the fact that no oil changes are required. Volkswagen says that its aim is to make sure that the battery pack lasts as long as the car and, sure enough, that battery pack is warrantied to have at least 70% of its usable capacity after eight years or 100,000 miles.

Summary

This isn't yet a mainstream Volkswagen model, but the day isn't very far off when it will be. When that happens, we can only hope that EVs will have become rather more affordable than they are now. But if this ID.4 sells globally in the kind of numbers Volkswagen is hoping for, that's unlikely to happen. Like all brands, the Wolfsburg maker will charge what customers show they're prepared to pay. So is this ID.4 worth its sticker price? Many customers will think so. It has the quality look and feel of a premium brand product; enough (just) to justify its extra cost over its identically-engineered Skoda Enyak iV and CUPRA Born VW Group cousins and close rivals. Ultimately, if all you care about in a Crossover EV of this kind is value and driving range, this probably won't be your first choice. But if your priorities are a little broader than that and you want a little more 'feel good' factor in a car of this sort, this ID.4 might well have your number.

  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Acoustic glazing rear window and side windows darkened at the rear
  • Heated clear glass windshield

  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Traction control
  • Front disc brakes
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Wireless app connect
  • Online service, with OCU, with head unit coding, without engine immobilizer interconnection
  • We Connect ID app
  • We Charge Go access
  • Natural voice control
  • Telephone interface comfort with inductive charging function

  • Emergency call control unit with eCall
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Multifunction camera
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Remote tailgate unlocking
  • Car2X high variant

  • Comfort telephony with LTE and wireless charging
  • ID. Light
  • 5.3" Digital dashboard display
  • Hand brake/low brake fluid level warning light and inscription
  • 10" Navigation display incl. App connect and digital connectivity
  • BLIS (Blind spot information system)
  • Trip computer

  • Automatic dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators

  • Florence brown and black dash panel and inserts, doorcards in Florence Brown
  • Comfort dashboard

  • Standard electronic engine sound
  • Exterior e-sound

  • Touch control
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Radio
  • Soundsystem of six loudspeakers with 140 watt output with two full range speakers in the rear doors and 2 way speaker system installed in front area

  • External USB type C socket and charging sockets
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles

  • Electric auxiliary air heater

  • Art Velours microfleece cloth upholstery
  • Tool kit
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Play and Pause brake and accelerator pedals
  • Pockets and smartphone pockets in seats
  • Asymmetric split folding rear seat backrest with load through hatch and center armrest, 2 beverage holders
  • Variable center console with changeable inserts for cup holders and storage compartments
  • Storage compartments in driver and front passenger
  • Center console and armrests in the front seats

  • 30 colour ambient lighting

  • Driving assistance pack - ID.4

  • Side airbag in front with curtain airbag and interaction airbag in front
  • Seatbelt tensioners in front and rear outside, pyrotechnic belt end fitting tensioners at the front
  • Seat belt reminder (Japan design)
  • Proactive passenger protection system in combination with front assist
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • First aid kit with warning triangle and safety vest
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts

  • Front headrests
  • Drivers and front passengers seat height adjustment
  • Three rear head restraints
  • Child seat anchor for child seat system i-Size, 2x top tether, and child seat anchor in front on front passenger side

  • Keyless opening system Keyless start
  • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn, and towing protection
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre mobility kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 450
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.2
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 38
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 100
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 52
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 481
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 343
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 343
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 342
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 16.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.9
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 299
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 213
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max: 212
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min: 213

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Life
  • Coin Description: Pure
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22P
  • Service Interval Mileage: 999999
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 89
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 148
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4
  • Engine Power - KW: 109
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 220
  • Engine Power - BHP: 148
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.9
  • Top Speed: 99

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" STEEL
  • Wheel Style: AERO
  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4584
  • Width: 1852
  • Wheelbase: 2771
  • Width (including mirrors): 2108
  • Height: 1640
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 543
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 949
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1891
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2840
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1575
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.2

  • Dynamic steering: Included

  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors: Included

  • Mode 3 32-amp / 7.2kW charging cable for charging at public charge points: Included
  • Mode 2 (3-pin) mains charging cable: £180

  • Metallic paint: £635
  • Roof rails: Included
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Black roof: £0

  • LED rear combination lamp: Included
  • LED headlights with automatic driving light switching: Included

  • Energy efficient heat pump: £1,250

  • White Steering wheel and screen surrounds: £0

  • Interior style plus pack - ID.4: £1,345
  • Bi colour style pack Silver - ID.4: £620
  • Design pack - ID.4: £1,880
  • Design plus pack - ID.4: £2,610
  • Assistance pack - ID.4: Included
  • Assistance plus pack - ID.4: £2,180
  • Comfort pack - ID.4: Included
  • Comfort plus pack - ID.4: £1,480
  • Infotainment pack - ID.4: Included
  • Infotainment plus pack - ID.4: £2,200
  • Interior top sport plus pack - ID.4: £3,500
  • Sport pack - ID.4: £340
  • Sport plus pack - ID.4: £1,140

  • Metallic - Scale silver: £635
  • Metallic - Kings red: £635
  • Metallic - Blue Dusk: £635
  • Metallic - Glacier white: £635
  • Metallic - Manganese grey: £635

  • Solid - Moonstone grey: £0

  • Folding trailer hitch with electric release: £850

  • Art velours microfleece cloth - Platinum grey/Dusty grey dark with Florence brown sides: £0

  • 18" Aero steel wheels: Included

  • 18" Falun alloy wheels: £650

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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