Volkswagen ID.4 review - Reliability and safety
Buyers will be reassured by the ID.4’s outstanding safety credentials
The ID.4’s MEB platform architecture is in wide use across the VW group which bodes well for overall reliability. Ford seems to agree, as its engineering partnership with Volkswagen should see it utilise MEB tech for future blue oval electric vehicles over the next few years.
Although it’s too new to have made an appearance in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the ID.4 has been largely well received and stacks up ably against key rivals. However, Volkswagen itself finished in a disappointing 19th position, out of 30 manufacturers, in the Best brands poll.
Overall safety is certainly worth highlighting, as the ID.4 not only achieved a full five-star rating when crash tested by Euro NCAP, but also gained Advanced status which is a mark of a car’s superior on-board safety technology. Volkswagen’s all-electric family SUV gained a 93 per cent score for adult protection, 89 per cent for child occupants and 85 per cent for the car’s safety systems.
Standard kit for all ID.4 versions includes adaptive cruise control, a City Emergency Braking System, a driver fatigue alert and High Beam Assist and Lane Assist functions, while Max versions add Side and Travel Assist tech.
Volkswagen offers a standard three-year warranty, although does provide breakdown cover throughout this period for ID models. The battery pack comes with its own eight-year/100,000-mile cover.
Volkswagen states it’s best to book your electric car in for an inspection after 18k miles or 24 months (whichever comes first), then every 18k miles or 12 months. Service plans, designed to help spread the cost of any scheduled maintenance, are also available.
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 spaceSet up perfectly for family life, the ID.4 offers plenty of space for passengers and a large, practical boot
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingBuyers will be reassured by the ID.4’s outstanding safety credentials