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VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 ELECTRIC ESTATE

150kW Life Pro Performance 77kWh 5dr Auto

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The ID.4 is Volkswagen's most important EV yet. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

If any further proof was needed that Volkswagen is serious about EVs, the ID.4 provides it. This is the first all-electric model the Wolfsburg brand will sell globally and will play a key role in the realisation of the maker's plan to sell 1.5 million EVs worldwide by 2025. Expect the ID.4 to account for about a third of that total - so yes, it could hardly be more important. As you can see from the pictures, it's a compact mid-sized SUV which aims to take on established similarly orientated EV crossover contenders like the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric. And new ones like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y. In line with this ID.4's global pretensions, it's being built not only in Germany (at VW's Zwickau plant) but also by factories in China and the US. As you'd probably expect, all the engineering here is shared with the similar VW Group EVs that campaign in this class, the Skoda Enyak iV and the CUPRA el-Born, two cars who represent arguably this Volkswagen's closest rivals. And predictably, the ID.4 uses the same MEB electric platform that features in the existing (and only slightly smaller) ID.3 hatchback.

Driving Experience

There's a bit to adapt to if this is your first experience of EV motoring. No gearstick, no handbrake, no ignition key and just the sound of silence as the fixed ratio transmission blends an almost endless wave of torque into meaningful and surprisingly rapid forward progress. The forward thrust away from rest isn't quite as abrupt as it is in Volkswagen's smaller ID.3, mostly because the ID.4 is nearly 200kgs heavier, a factor which affects most areas of this car's drive demeanour, sometimes helpfully, sometimes not. That of course is a legacy of the substantial battery packs it must carry about. Base models, which respectively feature electric motors developing either 148PS or 170PS, use a 52kWh lithium-ion unit offering a claimed driving distance of up to 213 miles. The longer-range variant, using a motor putting out 204PS, has a rather more substantial 77kWh battery that ups that to as much as 310 miles. Like Volkswagen's original post-war Beetle, this car is rear-driven and when you drive it in town, you quickly realise the real advantages of placing the powertrain - the electric motor and its associated single-speed auto gearbox - on the back axle, thereby freeing up the front wheels for steering duties; the result is a London taxi-like 10.2-metre turning circle. Beyond the city limits, that drive format allows for a near-50:50 almost perfect weight distribution which, together with the low centre of gravity provided by the central battery pack placement, helps disguise the portly weight this SUV must carry around. Traction through the turns is excellent and body roll is checked by firm damping cleverly engineered for suppleness over poor surfaces. All of which ought to provide the recipe for a decently sporting EV - and in some ways it does, though the steering, while accurate, offers disappointingly little real feedback. If you do prioritise performance in your choice of ID.4, Volkswagen wants you to consider the top flagship GTX variant, which sees the top 77kWh battery mated to electric motors on both axles, which delivers 4WD capability and more potent 299PS total output. That variant gets an extra 'Traction' mode to add to the other drive settings common across the model line-up; there's 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual'. Plus you get an 'Eco' setting that, to maximise range, you'll need to frequently use in combination with the available 'B' regenerative braking function, which slows the car significantly when you come off the accelerator.

Design and Build

The ID.4 shares many styling cues with its ID.3 hatch stablemate but it's a slightly bigger thing, 4,584mm long, 1,852mm wide and 1,612mm tall. To give you some perspective, that makes it 102mm longer and 13mm wider than Volkswagen's more conventional Tiguan mid-sized SUV. Full-LED headlights are standard and top models get big 20 or 21-inch wheels. Inside, there's an open, minimalist design with a digital screen behind the wheel for the instruments and a central infotainment touchscreen that'll be either 10-inches or 12-inches in size, depending on the trim level you've chosen. A rocker switch attached to the steering column is used to select the three available drive modes. And all the main cabin features are accessible via advanced "Hello Volkswagen" voice control. One hi-tech feature we really like is the impressive augmented reality head-up-display, which artificially projects key information and navigation commands straight onto your view of the road ahead. At the back, there's comfortable space for a couple of adults (it'd be a squash for three). And there's a very decently-sized 543-litre boot, extendable to 1,575-litres with the rear seat folded. A tonne of weight can be towed too, this being the first Volkswagen EV to be offered with the option of a tow bar.

Market and Model

The ID.4 range kicks off with base 'Life'-spec variants. Choose the smaller 52kWh battery and the smaller 148PS 'Pure' electric motor with this level of trim and you'll get yourself the only ID.4 model in the range that costs under £35,000 and therefore can qualify for the government's Plug-in Car Grant. Which means that this entry-level ID.4 can be yours for just over £32,000 after grant deduction. There's a big price jump to the other models in the range which have to do without any grant assistance. The same 'Life'-spec 52kWh model with the faster 170PS 'Pure Performance' motor costs from around £36,000. And a 'Life'-spec model with the bigger 77kWh battery, which must be had with the 204PS 'Pro Performance' motor, costs from around £41,500. Going further up the line-up, just under £40,000 gets you mid-range 'Style'-spec, where the smaller 52kWh battery is offered with either the 148PS 'Pure' or the 170PS 'Pure Performance' motors. From there on in the line-up, your only battery option is the bigger 77kWh unit, offered with the 204PS 'Pro Performance' motor with 'Family' and 'Max' trimmed models priced between £45,000 and £50,000. If you want to go further, there's a top GTX high performance 4WD model which uses the 77kWh battery and has two motors (one on each axle) offering a 299PS total output. The GTX costs from around £49,000 in standard form - or costs just over £55,000 in top-spec GTX Max trim.

Cost of Ownership

As we said in our 'Driving' section, base models, which respectively feature electric motors developing either 148PS or 170PS, use a 52kWh lithium-ion unit offering a claimed driving distance of up to 213 miles. The longer-range 77kWh variant with its 204PS motor, ups that to as much as 310 miles. To achieve that, you'll need to frequently use the provided 'Eco' drive mode setting, ideally in combination with the available 'B' regenerative braking function, which slows the car significantly when you come off the accelerator. Whatever ID.4 model you select, your charging regime should be quite straightforward. There's a 'We Charge' app that helps you find and use over 150,000 public charge points. An AC1-phase 7.2kW garage wallbox would replenish the 52kWh model from zero in about nine and a half hours; think a little over 12 hours for the 77kWh variant. What about if you find a public rapid charger along your route? Well the smaller 52kWh battery supports 100kW DC charging; the 77kWh battery ups that to 125kW, which means that even on this longer range model, at a DC3 100kW charge point, it'll take no more than around 30 minutes to recharge your ID.4 with enough direct current to cover the next 137 miles. You should also make savings in BiK payments (there's a 0% rating), as well as road tax, congestion charging and the fact that no oil changes are required. Volkswagen says that its aim is to make sure that the battery pack lasts as long as the car and, sure enough, that battery pack is warrantied to have at least 70% of its usable capacity after eight years or 100,000 miles.

Summary

This isn't yet a mainstream Volkswagen model, but the day isn't very far off when it will be. When that happens, we can only hope that EVs will have become rather more affordable than they are now. But if this ID.4 sells globally in the kind of numbers Volkswagen is hoping for, that's unlikely to happen. Like all brands, the Wolfsburg maker will charge what customers show they're prepared to pay. So is this ID.4 worth its sticker price? Many customers will think so. It has the quality look and feel of a premium brand product; enough (just) to justify its extra cost over its identically-engineered Skoda Enyak iV and CUPRA Born VW Group cousins and close rivals. Ultimately, if all you care about in a Crossover EV of this kind is value and driving range, this probably won't be your first choice. But if your priorities are a little broader than that and you want a little more 'feel good' factor in a car of this sort, this ID.4 might well have your number.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed99mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10" Navigation display incl. App connect and digital connectivity
  • 5.3" Digital dashboard display
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • BLIS (Blind spot information system)
  • Car2X high variant
  • Comfort telephony with LTE and wireless charging
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Emergency call control unit with eCall
  • Hand brake/low brake fluid level warning light and inscription
  • ID. Light
  • Multifunction camera
  • Natural voice control
  • Online service, with OCU, with head unit coding, without engine immobilizer interconnection
  • Park distance control in front and rear
  • Remote tailgate unlocking
  • Telephone interface comfort with inductive charging function
  • Trip computer
  • We Charge Go access
  • We Connect ID app
  • Wireless app connect

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Radio
  • Soundsystem of six loudspeakers with 140 watt output with two full range speakers in the rear doors and 2 way speaker system installed in front area
  • Touch control

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glazing rear window and side windows darkened at the rear
  • Automatic dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators
  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • External USB type C socket and charging sockets
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated clear glass windshield
  • Heated rear window

Interior Features

  • 30 colour ambient lighting
  • 6 way manual drivers and 4 way passenger seats
  • Art Velours microfleece cloth upholstery
  • Asymmetric split folding rear seat backrest with load through hatch and center armrest, 2 beverage holders
  • Backrest with ID perforation
  • Center console and armrests in the front seats
  • Child seat anchor for child seat system i-Size, 2x top tether, and child seat anchor in front on front passenger side
  • Electric auxiliary air heater
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front headrests
  • Play and Pause brake and accelerator pedals
  • Pockets and smartphone pockets in seats
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Sides,rear and armrest in leatherette
  • Storage compartments in driver and front passenger
  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Three rear head restraints
  • Tool kit
  • Variable center console with changeable inserts for cup holders and storage compartments

Packs

  • Driving assistance pack - ID.4

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • First aid kit with warning triangle and safety vest
  • Front disc brakes
  • Proactive passenger protection system in combination with front assist
  • Seat belt reminder (Japan design)
  • Seatbelt tensioners in front and rear outside, pyrotechnic belt end fitting tensioners at the front
  • Side airbag in front with curtain airbag and interaction airbag in front
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn, and towing protection
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless opening system Keyless start
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Exterior e-sound
  • Standard electronic engine sound

Trim

  • Comfort dashboard
  • Florence brown and black dash panel and inserts, doorcards in Florence Brown

Wheels

  • Tyre mobility kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    77
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    2040
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    7.2
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    760
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    450
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    125
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    38
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    17.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.9
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    677
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    519
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max
    519
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min
    519
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    421
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    322
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max
    322
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min
    322

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Pro Performance
  • Coin Series
    Life
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    26P
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    85
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    999999
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    229
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    31.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    310
  • Top Speed
    99

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AERO
  • Wheel Type
    19" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1640
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4584
  • Wheelbase
    2771
  • Width
    1852
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2108

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2660
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1575
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    543
  • Max. Loading Weight
    615
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2045
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.2
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

Jen Lamplough

Jen Lamplough

"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

"a week ago"

Sonia Smyth

Sonia Smyth

"Very professional service, great communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend."

"a week ago"

Craig Ablett

Craig Ablett

"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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