The German carmaker launched the ID.4 electric vehicle in the US. The $40,000 immediately catches attention, and the 250-miles range is not half bad. However, don’t expect it to perform well in a straight line.
Volkswagen revealed its brand-new ID.4, the first-ever electric car built on the automaker’s MEB or modular electric vehicle platform sold in the US. Furthermore, the ID.4 is also the first affordable VW electric crossover to come to the States. It starts at $40k, so Volkswagen obviously targeted the Tesla Model Y here.
One of the most important aspects of any electric car is the battery range. Here, the ID.4 compares favorably to most electric crossovers with an EPA estimate of 250 miles, thanks to its 82-kWh battery pack.
However, don’t expect exhilarating performance from VW’s first electric crossover. The ID.4 features a single motor powering the rear axle, producing 201 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque, for a 0-60mph sprint of 8.5 seconds and a top speed of only 100mph. Not bad, but not incredible either.
Tesla Model Y, for instance, is more than 3 seconds quicker to 60mph and has a top speed of 135mph. With that being said, Volkswagen is expected to launch a dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant producing a more satisfactory 302 hp next year.
You can charge the ID.4 using both AC or DC fast chargers. The onboard 11 kW charger can give you 33 miles of juice in one hour. For faster top-ups, the car supports 125 kW DC fast chargers, filling the battery back to 80% in around 38 minutes.
The car doesn’t skimp on comfort, either. The interior is quite spacious and provides a lot of legroom, even with the driver’s seat pushed back completely. According to VW, passengers will enjoy the same comfort as in the larger Tiguan. Moreover, the rear cargo volume is 30.3 inches, excellent capacity for the category.
The cabin has some hi-tech features as well. For instance, you can control almost any function in the car via the central 10-inch touchscreen. When driving, you can also get most of the information on a 5.3-inch screen in front of the steering wheel. And even better, VW’s “Hello ID” feature lets you use a natural voice to control the settings. For example, you can say, “Hello ID, I’m cold” to turn up the heat.
Meanwhile, the Discover Pro navigation system hosts services such as We Connect Start on board. Also, driving assist systems, such as Travel Assist, make the driving experience smoother. Potential customers will be glad to know that Volkswagen also installed the hardware and software so that owners can download updates on their own.
As for the exterior, Volkswagen went with an elegant, yet muscular and athletic look. The LED matrix headlights and 3D LED taillights certainly help with creating that next-gen styling as well. For maximum eye candy, customers can choose up to 21-inch diameter rims.
Volkswagen will offer the ID.4 in Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic, and King’s Red Metallic exterior colors.
ID.4 is also the second of VW’s EVs sold in Europe, where ID.3 first entered the market.
“The ID.4 was engineered, loaded and priced to win the hearts of SUV owners who are simply ready to go electric and fall in love with Volkswagen again,” said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America.
Despite VW’s sentiment, the ID.4 is still pricey when you compare it to regular crossovers. But keeping the federal government’s $7,500 tax credit in mind, the price comes down to $32,500.
Furthermore, VW is also in a partnership with Electrify America to provide three years of free charging! This offer might definitely ease the ID.4 into the market.
The first deliveries should start by the end of 2020, with other variants coming next year. Let’s hope that Volkswagen makes fair use of its electric-driven Dieselgate redemption this time.