New 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV launched in the UK

The pure-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV has reached British shores in 1st Edition spec, with prices starting from £37,800

The Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV is on sale in the UK now, ready to compete with the Skoda Enyaq and Tesla Model Y. Only available in lofty 1st Edition spec for the time being prices start from £37,800 including the government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant, though a full line-up with cheaper variants will be introduced later in 2021. 

Standard equipment for the Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition includes 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear privacy glass and a reversing camera. The cabin also gets a heated steering wheel, a 30-colour ambient lighting system, a 10-inch infotainment system and a pair of heated front seats, trimmed in ArtVelours upholstery.

The pure-electric crossover is based on the same MEB underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID.3 – and it shares the same rear-mounted electric motor, which has an output of 201bhp and 310Nm of torque. The battery pack is slightly larger than the hatchback’s, at 77kWh, which provides enough power for a maximum claimed range of 310 miles.

Volkswagen says the ID.4 1st Edition can dispatch the 0–62mph sprint in 8.5 seconds, while its top speed stands at 99mph. The SUV’s electrical architecture also works with chargers that are capable of putting out 125kW, meaning the battery can recover almost 200 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

Eventually, Volkswagen will offer a smaller 52kWh battery pack for the ID.4, but that variant isn’t due to reach the UK until the end of this year. The smaller battery pack will cut the crossover’s range down to 224 miles – and it will be offered with either a 146bhp or 168bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle.

Volkswagen will also offer the 77kWh battery pack with a less powerful 177bhp electric motor – and the brand has confirmed that a range-topping all-wheel drive version is in the pipeline. It would likely be called the ID.4 GTX and borrow its drivetrain from the Skoda Enyaq vRS, for a maximum output of 302bhp and a 0–62mph time of just 6.2 seconds.

Two more charging systems are also anticipated. While unconfirmed, it’s likely that the entry-level 52kWh ID.4 will default to a 50kW standard, which would enable a 0–80 percent recharge in around an hour. However, 100kW charging has been confirmed, which would double that baseline speed, but is likely to be an optional extra.

New Volkswagen ID.4: design and proportions

As the second model in Volkswagen’s all-electric ID line-up, the ID.4 consolidates the design language and themes introduced by the ID.3, morphing many elements of the firm’s electric hatchback into a larger SUV package. As such, much of the exterior is recognisable.

The ID.4’s surfacing is clean like on the ID.3 hatchback – and the headlights, with their interactive IQ. Light LED units, form a full-width light bar and a blunt, grille-free front end. Its glasshouse is large with a windscreen stretching far towards the front axle, and the shoulder line is reminiscent of its smaller sibling too. 

Volkswagen did fit a different tailgate and rear light bar to the crossover, along with a few SUV touches, such as wheel arch cladding and a more protruding rear window – all of which helps to give the ID.4 a more boxy SUV shape.

Against the tape measure, the ID.4 is 4,580mm  long, placing it between the regular Tiguan and the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace in terms of length. Boot space comes in at 543 litres with all seats in place, or 1,575 litres with the rear seats folded down.

New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4: interior and technology

A wheelbase of 2,700mm, in combination with the under-floor packaging of the battery and the rear-axle mounted electric motor, means that Volkswagen can claim the ID.4 has almost as much room inside as cars from the segment above.

The dashboard is familiar, borrowing plenty from the ID.3 hatchback. A thin centre console with cupholders and storage spaces sits low between the driver and passenger, and the dashboard is defined by angular vents and lines. 

However, the most prominent features are the screens. There’s a central infotainment display measuring 10-inches across (although this is replaced by a 12-inch screen on top spec cars) and a small digital instrument panel. Both can be operated through Volkswagen’s new “Hello ID” voice control system.

The ID.4 introduces a new augmented reality head-up-display. This is capable of projecting 3D graphics onto the windshield as if they are objects on the road ahead, such as navigation prompts to show you exactly which lane you should be in at a roundabout.

Unlike the ID.3 hatchback, the ID.4 is available with adaptive dampers and dynamic chassis control. Lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking will be standard, while adaptive cruise control will be offered, as will the latest version of Volkswagen’s Travel Assist semi-autonomous driving assistant.

Click here to read our review of the new Volkswagen ID.3...

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