The VW ID.4 SUV – VW’s stunning new all-electric about to launch in the UK.
There is a limited batch of VW’s first “all-electric” SUV coming to the UK from April-May time.
The ID.4 is being pitched into the market to compete with the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electrical along with models Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y.
It’s already looking like there are some excellent deals to be had. But how does VW’s first global fully-electric car stack up?
Here we’ll answer some of the most commonly-asked questions.
What can I expert from the engine?
The ID.4 comes with a range of models offering varying levels of output and mileage range. Perhaps the most impressive is the “first edition” model with a mileage range WLTP rated 323 miles, 204 Ps (which is essentially an equivalent of Horsepower) and a top speed of 99mph.
What does WLTP rated mean?
WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure – and despite having more words than letters in it’s anacronym – it is essentially a testing procedure to see how all vehicles perform in everyday conditions. The caveat here of course is that it won’t account for things like your personal driving style, weight carried and so forth – so the mileage range should always be taken as more of a best case for what you could expect.
In terms of future models, VW are readying a 266 Ps version and also looking at releasing a GTX hot-hatch version.
How long does it take to charge?
One of the main considerations in switching to an electric vehicle is the charge time.
In the ID.4, The battery can be charged from 0-80% in 38 minutes – with 80% providing plenty of power for most average days use.
To achieve 100% there is a battery fast charge time of 450 minutes, however charging to 100% regularly can impair the battery’s longevity.
What’s it like to drive?
Autoexpress sum it up perfectly when they say that the car – despite it’s weight – is “fun to drive” and… “surprisingly agile and links nicely with the light and accurate controls”.
It also comes with simple controls and not too many buttons or gadgets to leave your head spinning, making it a perfect introduction to the EV market.
What “tech” does it come with?
The car has a minimal interior but comes with a 10 or 12” display infotainment touchscreen – depending on the trim chosen.
The ID.4 main cabin features can be controlled by the, rather excellent, “Hello Volkswagen” voice control system.
It also comes with excellent “driving assist” features such as lane assist, reversing camera and a rather cool digital display for the dashboard instruments.
There is also “ID.Light”. This is superb feature which uses a band of LED light running across the width of the windscreen which changes colour and pattern to supplement and support navigation controls, charging status and prompts for other useful driving assist features.
What’s it like to drive in towns & cities?
Despite being slightly bigger than the VW Tiguan, with a tight turning circle, the ID.4 is an SUV that is a doddle to park and deal easily with tight spaces.
Who is it most suitable for?
As an SUV the ID.4 is the perfect family car. It can also comfortably fit two adults in the back – 3 at a push. The ID.4 also comes with ample boot space, and the rear seats fold to reveal an excellent sized space.
The ID.4 can also tow a tonne in weight and is also the first VW electric vehicle to come with the option of a towbar.
The ID.4 is going to be a hugely popular electric vehicle and the “1st Edition” will be a landmark in VW’s foray into the electric market.
There are already some superb deals to be had for when the vehicle lands in the next couple of months – if you would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.