Review: Volkswagen ID.4

From £38,845

Launched in 2021, Volkswagen’s first 100% electric SUV is futuristically designed and accounts for a large chunk of the company’s EV sales.

About the same size externally as a combustion-engined VW Tiguan, but bigger inside, it’s a substantial car with lots of room for all the family.

Available with two sizes of battery (52kW and 77kW), it has a range of between 220-328 miles (depending on the chosen battery) and achieved a maximum five-star Euro NCAP score, making it one of the safest new cars on the road.

You can also choose between rear and four-wheel drive, and various trim levels (or Editions) – each focusing on different aspects, such as style and performance.

ID.4 power outputs range from 146bhp, 168bhp, 201bhp to 295bhp. We tested a version fitted with the larger 77kWh Pro Performance battery combined with a 201bhp electric motor, offering the longest range.

Expect it to take around 38 minutes to charge to 80% using a 125kW fast chargepoint, while an overnight plug-in at home will take it to 100%.

Built on the same platform as the smaller ID.3 hatchback and closely related to its VW Group cousin, the Skoda Enyaq, it’s fair to say that the ID.4 isn’t the most exciting car visually.

Inside, it’s modern, minimalist, and very similar to the ID.3. So, there’s no gear lever (instead, you select the gear by twisting a selector behind the steering wheel) and there are no physical dashboard buttons or switches.

As is the trend, just about every function is controlled via the centrally-mounted infotainment screen and fiddly touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel.

Expect plenty of tapping and swiping on the touchscreen, which isn’t the most responsive system out there, and frustration on cold mornings when you just want to instantly whack up the heating.

Elsewhere, the cabin is comfortable with a commanding driving position. There’s space in the back for three, while the boot capacity is a decent 543 litres with the rear seats in place, expanding to 1,575 litres with the back seats flipped.

City manoeuvrability is boosted thanks to the ID.4’s small turning circle of just 10.2 metres. However, visibility isn’t exactly best in class due to a range of factors, such as the substantial A-pillars and high dashboard.

Despite feeling big on the road and weighing more than two tonnes, it feels swifter than the official figures suggest.

It’s easy to drive too, but it won’t put a smile on your face like some electric cars. It has its moments (especially when it comes to straight-line acceleration), and it’s a joy to cruise along silently, but it’s lacking that wow factor.

However, if you want more driving engagement, you’ll have to opt for the range-topping GTX model, or look elsewhere.

That said, our rear-wheel drive, single motor test car still seemed to have plenty of traction and grip, and was fairly agile for a big car. It was also composed too, unless really pushed in more challenging corners.

In summary, the ID.4 is a perfectly competent all-rounder. Its ever increasing list of crossover rivals includes the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Skoda Enyaq and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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Fast Facts

Price

£38,845

Battery Capacity

52-
77 kWh

WLTP Range

220-
328 miles

Maximum Power

146-
295 bhp

Torque

162-
339 lb-ft

0-60

6.3-
10.9 secs

Top Speed

111 mph

Boot Capacity

543-
1575 litres

Pros and Cons

Decent range
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Spacious
Frustrating infotainment system
So-so looks
Average driving experience
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