Car Review: With the ID.4, VW looks to make a move in the EV market

Volkswagen’s second EV model, the new ID.4, is more of a mainstream model than the VW Golf version that offered a fun drive, but a range that just did not cut it.

This new VW ID.4 comes out of the gates looking to end that range anxiety that hampered the Golf EV. My ID.4 AWD Pro S had a range of 250 miles in the cold weather, so in warmer weather it could be even better.

The new ID.4 is a much more user friendly EV from Volkswagen. (Photo WTOP Mike Parris)

The AWD version adds a second electric motor to the front wheels, more power and better traction. It is no sports car, but the ID.4 is peppy when you hit the accelerator pedal. This smaller crossover will tackle corners without any issues; no floating or heavy leaning like larger SUV’s. The brakes feel nice when you use them; however, you cannot drive with one pedal like other EVs.

The styling of the Volkswagen ID.4 is bold for the normally conservatively styled VW products. It is nothing radical, but still a more modern look. The sleek LED lighting clusters and the lack of an oversized grill catches your eye. Stylish twenty-inch wheels, the black painted roof, silver trim and roof rails play nicely with the Moonstone gray body color.

When you’re inside the ID.4, you quickly notice the airy feeling in the cabin. There is lots of light from the large windows and a massive panoramic fixed roof. Comfortable 12-way adjustable seats even have massage.

One thing you notice is there’s no start button, just throw it in drive and go. The ID.4 has more technology than other VW models, and it works very nicely. Oddly, there are two switches to operate four windows and the control is touchy to switch between front and rear.

Cost: As tested $52,205

MPG: 100 mpge city and 90 mpge highway; I managed 91 mpge for my week.

Safety: Dynamic road sign assist; adaptive cruise control stop & go; park distance control, front & rear; forward collision warning & autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitor; lane-keep assist & traffic jam assist; active blind spot monitor & rear cross traffic alert; high beam control; automatic post-collision braking system.

Things to know: The ID.4 is a serious EV offering from Volkswagen with space, performance and a range that allows the ID.4 to be driven past the city without any hassle.

Pros:

  • 250+ mile range and faster DC charging improves the ability for buyers.
  • Ample space for a small crossover.
  • Pricing is very competitive for the growing EV market.

Cons:

  • A few strange items in the interior, like two switches for window operation.
  • Public charging network is still lacking for easier long distance travel.

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