Volkswagen ID.4 Pro Performance review

Volkswagen might have pitched the ID.3 as next big chapter of its history, but arguably they’ve got the final digit wrong; I reckon the ID.4 will prove a bigger hit. The ID.3 is the electric equivalent of the latest Golf, but the ID.4 combines two huge trends in car buying - electric vehicles and SUVs.

Review by Chris Lilly

VOLKSWAGEN ID.4: PERFORMANCE

The ID.4 range has quickly expanded to include a variety of powertrain options. Already, VW offers the ID.4 with two different battery capacities and four different power ratings. The model tested here is likely to be one of the better selling ones, featuring a 77 kWh (net) battery and a 150 kW electric motor driving the rear wheels. The 0-62mph time is a reasonable 8.5 seconds - decent but hardly rapid - and the ID.4 feels like a well rounded vehicle with few weaknesses in terms of performance. There is plenty of mid-range punch, and the motor doesn’t run out of puff at higher speeds at all.

HANDLING

In terms of handling, the ID.4’s set-up suits the performance perfectly. The suspension almost bludgeons road imperfections into submission, with the solidity you would expect from a VW family car. It’s an impressive way to deal with lumps and bumps, and serves the ID.4 well in town in particular. Thanks to a lack of motor up front, the turning circle is relatively tight, and the steering is precise; ideal traits for urban driving. It’s good fun on an open road too, and capable of crossing large distances quickly and easily. There’s a GTX model in its way that should provide ore thrills for those looking for them. Instead, this version of the ID.4 ticks all the boxes required of a practical SUV.

BODY STYLE

There’s little for anyone to dislike about the ID.4’s styling, and if anything, I reckon it’s the tidiest of the VW Group triumvirate, which includes the Skoda Enyaq iV and Audi Q4 e-tron. A lack of front ‘grille’ is a bog contributor here, but it’s generally well proportioned, and has a few nice details to liven the surfaces up a bit. Inside it all translates to a very spacious interior, far larger than rival internal combustion engined rivals. Head room is understandably good, but rear leg space is a real boon, and there remains a good-sized boot to swallow up all a family can throw at it.

COMFORT & CONTROLS

VW ID.4 Pro Performance review interior

VW’s cabin matches the exterior’s clean design nicely, but almost too much so. The driver’s digital instruments don’t offer much by way of variety in terms of customisation. The large touchscreen system in the centre of the dash dominates both the visual elements and the controls, but could be easier to use and quicker to respond on occasion. There are a number of touch controls that take a short while to get used to, but work well once you’re tuned in. Comfort throughout is good, build quality feels up to scratch for a VW product. If the ID.3 is the electric Golf, the ID.4 feels every inch the electric Tiguan - just with more space.

VOLKSWAGEN ID.4: RANGE & RUNNING COSTS

This version of the ID.4 features a range of up to 310 miles on a charge, which is extremely impressive. It’s enough to quash claims of ‘not enough range’ for a great many buyers. There are shorter range models available too at a little over 200 miles available from the 52 kWh models, and the maximum range available from the ID.4 line-up is 322 miles on a charge. In testing, by the end of more than 400 miles, the average range on a charge was 270 miles, though this included a few longer motorway trips. A better average for most drivers would be 285 miles on a charge, which was achieved with no real attempt at economical driving. Many drivers would comfortably see 300 miles of real-world range I should think.

GREEN CREDENTIALS

The 77 kWh ID.4 can charge at 125 kW DC, using a CCS connector, though smaller battery models can charge at up to 100 kW DC. AC charging is possible at up to 11 kW, with DC charging times as low as 38 minutes for the 77 kWh models, and 7:30 hours on AC. VW has a useful brake energy recuperation set up with paddles behind the wheel for the driver to control strength levels. The strongest level will almost allow one-pedal driving, but not quite, though there are a few other options that see a flexible system on offer.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Core trim levels available from VW cover Life, Style, Family, and Max. These trims are available across the Pure, Pure Performance, and Pro Performance powertrain options. Fitted as standard are 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, We Connect app connectivity, 10-inch infotainment system with navigation and smartphone connectivity, wireless phone charging, keyless go, air conditioning, and parking sensors front and rear.

VOLKSWAGEN ID.4: MODEL SUMMARY

The VW ID.4 is every inch the spiritual successor, and modern day version, of the Golf. The ID.3 may be more similarly proportioned, but it’s the SUV that ‘feels’ more like the continuation from VW’s famous hatchback. I prefer the way the ID.4 drives compared to the ID.3 as well, and it somehow has more character.

VW ID.4 Pro Performance review rear

Model tested: Volkswagen ID.4 Pro Performance 1st edition
Body-style: SUV
Engine / CO2: 150 kW electric motor / 0 g/km
Trim grades: Life, Style, Family, and Max - plus GTX family

On-road price: from £32,495. As tested £40,800
Warranty: Three years / 60,000 miles
In the showroom: Now
Review rating: 4.5 Stars

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:30th Nov 2021

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