Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle
The literally electrifying Volkswagen ID.4 compact crossover was officially unveiled on September 23, 2020, and its status within the EV segment is certain to be monumental. Its pricing begins at $39,995 and it will provide an EPA-estimated electric range of 250 miles per charge. The latest green initiative of Volkswagen is to produce 20 million EVs over the course of the next decade, and the Volkswagen ID.4 is the first step towards achieving that ambitious goal.
Trims and Powertrain
The new ID.4 will be offered in two main trim levels: the Pro and 1st Edition. The 1st Edition will go on sale before the end of 2020, but at the higher MSRP of $43,995. The Pro, on the other hand, starts at just $39,995 and will go on sale in 2021. Two packages, the Statement and the Gradient, will be offered for the Pro. All of the Volkswagen ID.4 models will be powered by an electric motor that makes 201 hp and 228 lb.-ft. of torque and can tow up to 2,700 pounds. Rear-wheel drive is standard for all, but all-wheel drive will be available in the 2021 calendar year.
Standard Options and Features
The Pro trim pleases its occupants with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a voice-activated infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen. The available Statement Package supplies LED projector-beam headlights, an illuminated front VW logo and grille, a panoramic glass roof, a power liftgate, a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, and power-adjustable simulated-leather front seats. The Gradient Package delivers 20-inch alloy wheels, a black roof, silver exterior accents, and silver roof rails.
The 1st Edition adds the contents of both of those optional packages and delivers contrasting black mirror caps, unique “1st” badging, trim-specific pause/play pedals, and white interior accents. Both trims are also issued the IQ.Drive suite of driver-assist features. This consists of adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Also standard is the 5.3-inch ID.Cockpit, a digital dash cluster that employs three frames in the display to showcase speed, driver assistance, and navigation readouts. One of the model’s most novel features is its ID.Light, which runs across the dash and communicates with the driver by glowing and providing acoustic cues to telegraph incoming calls, brake warnings, and charge status, as well as providing an alert that a turn needs to be made just ahead. In terms of cargo space, the VW ID.4 offers 30.4 cu. ft. behind the second row and 64.2 cu. ft. with the seats down.
Limited Complimentary Charging
For all owners of the VW ID.4, the automaker will provide three years of complimentary charging with the use of an Electrify America DC Fast Charger, which you can find in increasing numbers across the nation and along most major highways. VW states that the vehicle’s charge status can go from 5 to 80 percent in approximately 38 minutes when it’s connected to one of the stations, and it can get 60 miles of range when charged for only 10 minutes. You’ll be able to charge up at home as well using an L1 wallbox charger. An L2 wallbox is available for faster charging.