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Volkswagen ID.4 review - Range, charging and running costs

Entry-level cars are competitively priced, while the ID.4 delivers decent range and should be relatively cheap to insure

Volkswagen has adjusted the ID.4 lineup to ensure that at least one model qualifies for the government’s plug-in car grant (PiCG). Any all-electric car with a total list price of under £35,000 is eligible for the £2,500 discount which, in the case of the ID.4, means that the entry 146bhp Life Pure version comes in at just over £32,000.

Mid-range Style cars are approaching £40,000, after which prices quickly shoot up, with the top-of-the-range GTX Max priced at over £55,000. So, unless you’re prepared to pay handsomely for that 6.2 second sprint time, you might find more value in the Life, Style or Family variants.

It goes without saying that buying a battery-powered car brings lower day-to-day running costs, and the ID.4 is no different. Business users, in particular, will gain from the low Benefit-in-Kind tax rate of 1 per cent for 2021/22.

The ID.4’s 126kW on-board charging ability trails the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s 800kW set-up, but it can still charge a flat battery to 80 per cent charge in 34 minutes, or just over eight hours if you top up via a 11kW wallbox at home.

Pure and Pure Performance models offer a claimed 213-mile maximum range, while the GTX and Pro Performance provide 301 and 322 miles from a single charge, respectively. We saw a range of around 262 miles from our 1st Edition Pro Performance test car, although this included a lot of motorway miles which can eat into an EV’s efficiency. Our calculations had the ID.4 delivering 3.4miles per kWh, meaning that you’ll pay £459 in electricity costs over 12,000 miles of motoring.

Insurance

The entry-level ID.4 146bhp Life versions should be reasonable to insure as they sit in group 18. Moving through the mid-range should still see reasonable premiums, with the 168bhp Style variant in group 23, and the well-equipped 201bhp Family rated at group 27. The most powerful GTX and GTX Max cars are in group 34 and 36, respectively.

In comparison, the Ford Mustang Mach-E starts from group 33, rising to group 40 for the Extended Range versions and group 47 for the 480bhp GT.

Depreciation 

Residual value data isn’t currently available as the ID.4 is still too new. However, its smaller all-electric ID.3 sibling is expected to hold onto around 52 per cent of its original value over a typical three year/36,000-mile ownership period.

The Mustang Mach-E rival is also a strong bet, with data suggesting it’ll retain around 56 per cent, so ID.4 buyers can be reasonably confident that their purchase won’t plummet in value.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    109kW Life Pure 52kWh 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £34,305

Most Economical

  • Name
    150kW Life Pro Performance 77kWh 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £41,330

Fastest

  • Name
    220kW GTX 77kWh AWD 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £47,835

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