Volkswagen ID.4 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Set up perfectly for family life, the ID.4 offers plenty of space for passengers and a large, practical boot
Family life with the ID.4 should be pretty straightforward as it offers superb practicality. In addition to the spacious interior, there are lots of storage areas and cubbies, with the central bin also providing a wireless charging pad for your smartphone.
Other handy standard features include a rear centre armrest with two cupholders, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-view camera and a keyless go function, while the rear-mounted motor allows for a tight turning circle. Owners also receive a three-year subscription to VW’s We Connect Plus service, which gives access to the We Charge network’s 150,000 charging points across Europe.
An interesting quirk we noted during our test was that switching on the air-conditioning resulted in a noticeable reduction in range - 27 miles of range instantly disappeared just by turning the system on.
The ID.4 measures 4,584mm in length, which makes it shorter than both the Ford Mustang Mach-E (4,713mm) and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (4,635mm). It’s also narrower than its two rivals, which might help make the ID.4 a little easier to pilot around town and park up in tight spaces.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The driver and front passenger have plenty of space, with decent head and legroom, while rear-seat passengers will have no problem getting comfortable, and the flat floor should allow three adult occupants to sit across the rear bench with little complaint.
Practicality is a real strength of the ID.4, and its useful 543-litre boot capacity betters that of the Mustang Mach-E with just 402 litres and the Ioniq 5 with 527 litres of luggage space. Folding the ID.4’s rear seats unlocks a vast 1,575 litres, and loading larger items is made easier by the relatively low boot lip.
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
- 2Engines, performance and driveMajoring 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 has generous levels of standard kit, but cabin quality isn’t up to standard and touch-sensitive tech can prove frustrating
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingSet 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