Volkswagen ID.4 review - Electric motor, drive and performance
Majoring on comfort rather than outright performance, the ID.4 offers a smooth ride and is easy to drive
No matter if you’re driving a high-performance EV or a less potent electric city car, you’ll certainly notice the instant response from just a prod of the accelerator, which can be especially useful when navigating through busy urban streets and (whisper it) actually becomes quite addictive.
Volkswagen has decided to tailor the ID.4 in a slightly different way, with available torque being limited to help deliver smoother progress. This does have an impact on full-bore sprinting ability, but probably better suits the car’s set-up and family load-lugging bias. There is the 261bhp 4Motion and 295bhp GTX version for anyone craving extra pace, but the base Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive model is quicker and cheaper than both, so it’d be difficult to make a case for the fastest ID.4 unless you’re a dyed in the wool VW fan.
The ID.4’s light steering and soft suspension add to its easy-going nature, while longer road trips on motorways are an excuse to utilise the adaptive cruise control and sail on to your destination in complete comfort. In our three-way test we judged the ID.4 as having the best low-speed ride compared to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Despite the EV powertrain and new platform architecture, there is still a familiarity to piloting the ID.4 for anyone that has previously driven a VW model. Just don’t expect too much in the way of driving enjoyment and you won’t be disappointed.
One job we’d recommend to Volkswagen for the future facelift model would be to add more regenerative braking settings, so that you can utilise one-pedal driving in and around town. There are only two modes currently available, and neither is strong enough to support this function.
0-62mph acceleration and top speed
Super fast acceleration isn’t the ID.4’s speciality, although the 295bhp GTX version is capable of a decent turn of speed: 0-62mph is dispatched in 6.3 seconds, which is decent, but not up to the pace of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and well behind similar dual-motors of the Tesla Model Y
The 261bhp Pro Performance 4Motion variant manages a sprint time of 6.9 seconds, while the 201bhp Pro Performance needs 8.5 seconds to complete the same task. The 168bhp Pure Performance and 146bhp Pure cars move from 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds and 10.9 seconds, respectively. Regardless of which powertrain you for though, the top speed for the ID.4 stands at 99mph.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen ID.4 reviewThe Volkswagen ID.4 will appeal to EV buyers with a focus on family practicality and a decent range
- 2Electric motor, drive and performance - currently readingMajoring on comfort rather than outright performance, the ID.4 offers a smooth ride and is easy to drive
- 3Range, charging and running costsEntry-level cars are competitively priced, while the ID.4 delivers decent range and should be relatively cheap to insure
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe ID.4 features generous levels of kit, but cabin quality isn’t up to standard and touch-sensitive tech can prove frustrating
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSet up perfectly for family life, the ID.4 offers plenty of space for passengers and a large, practical boot
- 6Reliability and safetyBuyers will be reassured by the ID.4’s outstanding safety credentials