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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

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Electric motor, drive and performance Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£42,640 to £54,205
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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.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    109kW City Pure 52kWh 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £33,960

Most Economical

  • Name
    210kW Match Pro 77kWh 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £43,480

Fastest

  • Name
    250kW 4MOTION GTX 77kWh 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £53,325
News reporter

As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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