Volkswagen ID.4 EV debuts with 500+km driving range

Daniel Fowler
September 25, 2020

Add to the mix large alloy wheels of up to 21 inches and 210mm of ground clearance, and the ID.4 makes a compelling case for itself as an e-SUV. We won't be seeing it here for a while though.

VW capitalizes on the compact, decentralized electric powertrain packaging to give the ID.4 almost as large a passenger cabin as the longer Tiguan.

The mere existence of the ID.4 in the US will set it apart from the ID.3, which VW just started handing over to European customers this month. Installed below the passenger compartment, this ensures a low centre of gravity which allows ID.4 to be more planted while on the move.

Instead of a traditional gear selector, the ID.4 uses a rocker switch on the right side of the digital driver display.

Volkswagen has revealed its first purpose-built electric vehicle for the United States. The tall order will be made a bit easier by the ID.4's $39,995 (¥4.2 million) starting price in the US, where VW's electric models are eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit that Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co.'s customers have used to buy from those automakers. Fast charging at up to 125 kilowatts can deliver an 80% charge in 38 minutes, and all ID.4 buyers will receive three years of free access to Electrify America's network of fast chargers.

Initially it comes with rear-wheel drive and a 201-hp, 228-lb-ft motor on the rear axle.

Pricing and specification will be announced in the coming weeks.

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We won't go into all the options available with each version of the Volkswagen ID.4, especially since we can't be sure the Canadian product offering will be exactly the same.

The ID.4 also scores points when it comes to cargo space, thanks to the battery which sits beneath the floor leaving plenty of room in the back - 543 litres in fact, and with the rear seat backs folded down, up to 1,575 litres.

At 180.5 inches long, 72.9 inches wide, and 64.4 inches high, with a 108.9-inch wheelbase, the ID.4 is within a couple inches in all key dimensions to the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape-except wheelbase, where the ID.4 is considerably longer, likely as there's no consideration for an internal combustion engine in its design.

Volkswagen promises that despite its slightly smaller size compared to the Tiguan, the ID.4 offers comparable interior space.

An augmented reality head-up display is optionally available to blend a host of displays with reality.

The ID.4's exterior has athletic proportions and impressive aerodynamic efficiency with a drag coefficient of 0.28. With the top-of-the-range version, interactive IQ.Light LED matrix headlights are even more progressive, with swivelling lens modules and generating an intelligently controlled main beam.

The front is characterised by its LED light signature which not only circumnavigates the LED headlights, but also bridges what would be the grille on an ICE vehicle, stopping just shy of the centrally mounted VW badge. The 1st version has 20-inch wheels, heated seats, parking camera, two-zone climate control, adaptive cruise, navigation and more.

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