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Volkswagen ID.4 review

The Volkswagen ID.4 will appeal to EV buyers with a focus on family practicality and a decent range

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4.0 out of 5

Price
£42,640 to £54,205
  • Comfortable
  • Decent boot space
  • Good standard kit
  • Some cheap interior trim
  • Clumsy touch-sensitive controls
  • Not particularly quick
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The Volkswagen ID.4 won’t set pulses racing, but that’s not really the point of the German brand’s family-sized all-electric SUV. The second ID-badged model follows in the footsteps of the more compact ID.3 hatchback, offering more usable space and good levels of on-board tech, while a comfortable ride and practical range make it a car that’s easy to live with.

The ID.4 is not without fault, though. Take a look inside and you’ll notice some of the trim is a little cheaper looking than you might expect, and the touch-sensitive controls can be frustrating to use, especially when you're on the move. With some rivals offering a more engaging drive, better interior quality and superior charging capabilities, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a good, but not class-leading, all-electric family car.

About the Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen is facing up to an all-electric future with a steady roll out of zero-emission cars under its new, innovative ID sub-brand. The ID.3 hatchback was the first model to ride on the VW Group’s MEB platform, which was designed to help implement the company’s strategy of near 100 per cent EV sales by 2040. The EV-specific architecture also serves as the underpinnings for VW's ID.5 coupe-SUV and ID. Buzz minibus, as well as the Audi Q4 e-tron, Skoda Enyaq iV and Cupra Born.

Being an electric family SUV, there's plenty of rivals that the ID.4 must contend with. It goes up against the accomplished Ford Mustang Mach-E and the talented Korean duo of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, while the Nissan Ariya (our 2022 Car of the Year) is an appealing choice in this segment. The Tesla Model Y is another very popular option, especially following its price reduction at the end of 2022.

From launch, the ID.4 was offered with fixed equipment levels, with little flexibility to spec your car as you wanted. Volkswagen quickly saw that this rigid approach wouldn’t wash with buyers and there is now a choice of two trim levels, two battery sizes and four power outputs, plus there's extra kit available, too.

The City, Business, Tech, Family and luxury Max specifications are no longer available on the ID.4 price list, and neither is the limited 1st Edition model offered at launch. You now have a choice of Life Edition and Style Edition, plus the high-performance ID.4 GTX which sits at the top of the range. Entry-level models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, heated front seats and a reversing camera. Style Edition adds luxuries like a panoramic glass roof, larger rims and Matrix LED headlights, among other kit.

The ID.4 comes with either a 52kWh or 77kWh battery, with most versions featuring a single motor driving the rear wheels. Models with the smaller battery are available with either 146bhp or 168bhp, badged as Pure and Pure Performance respectively. Go for the 77kWh battery and you get a choice of 172bhp Pro and 201bhp Pro Performance powertrains, with the larger battery also boosting the ID.4's range from roughly 220 miles up to around 320 miles.

Buyers seeking extra pace and the reassurance of all-wheel drive will no doubt look to either the 261bhp Pro Performance 4Motion (available exclusive in Life Edition spec) or 295bhp ID.4 GTX, although you'll need between £48,000 to £53,000 to get your hands on either dual-motor version.

Frequently Asked Questions
The Volkswagen ID.4 is a practical all-electric family SUV that offers a comfortable ride and practical range. The ID.4’s interior quality and infotainment system can’t match those of its rivals, however, many of which can charge faster and are better to drive.

For an alternative review of the Volkswagen ID.4, visit our sister site drivingelectric.com...

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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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