Electric Range, Design, Price, Photos
After a long march towards electrification, Volkswagen has finally unveiled the 2021 ID.4 crossover, the brand’s first long-range electric vehicle in the US market. Taking a page from the ID.3 sedan, which will not be coming to the United States, the VW ID.4 rides on the company’s MEB platform and arrives to fight with the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Kona EV and the Kia Niro EV in the electric crossover segment. Launched in the first quarter of 2021, it can’t come soon enough.
This is not the first EV x VW effort on our shores. The e-Golf gave the world a glimpse of Volkswagen’s all-electric aspirations, but by the time it was canceled in the US, it only offered a range of 125 miles and a starting price of 31,895. $; Earlier models only had 86 miles of EPA rated range. The ID.4, on the other hand, promises up to 250 miles per charge, as well as available all-wheel drive (each of the aforementioned EV rivals are front-wheel drive only).
EV range: large battery, medium distance
The 2021 ID.4 will come standard with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery, beating the Bolt (66 kWh), Niro EV and Kona EV (64 kWh), Mustang Mach-E (75.7 kWh), and no a Nissan Leaf Plus crossover (62 kWh). However, the much larger battery does not have a longer estimated range. According to Volkswagen, the ID.4 will travel 250 miles before needing to be recharged, behind the Bolt’s 259 miles and the Kona’s 258 miles – though still ahead of the Niro’s 239 miles, the Mach base’s 230 miles – E and the 226 miles of the Leaf. .
A rear-mounted electric motor producing 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 228 pound-feet (309 newton-meters) is competitive in this class of EV crossover, producing horsepower identical to that of the Kona and Niro, but much less. of torque (Korean cousins offer 291 lb-ft or 395 Nm). The Bolt makes a little less horsepower, but again, a lot more torque, at 200 hp (149 kW) and 266 lb-ft (361 Nm).
The overtly sporty Mustang also outperforms the Niro, with 255 hp (190 kW) and 306 lb-ft (415 Nm). Even the Nissan Leaf outperforms the ID.4, with 214 hp (160 kW) and 250 lb-ft (339 Nm). It asks the question: Where does the greater battery capacity of the ID.4 end up, if not the overall EV range or outright power?
|Volkswagen ID.4||Chevrolet Bolt EV||Ford Mustang Mach-E||Hyundai Kona EV||Kia Niro EV||Nissan Leaf Plus|
|Battery capacity||82 kWh||66 kWh||75.7 kWh||64 kWh||64 kWh||62 kWh|
|Range||400 kilometers||409 kilometers||230 kilometers||408 kilometers||379 kilometers||366 kilometers|
|Base power||201 hp (150 kW)||200 hp (149 kW)||255 hp (190 kW)||201 hp (150 kW)||201 hp (150 kW)||214 hp (160 kW)|
|Basic torque||228 lb-ft (309 Nm)||266 lb-ft (361 Nm)||306 lb-ft (415 Nm)||291 lb-ft (395 Nm)||291 lb-ft (395 Nm)||250 lb-ft (339 Nm)|
That said, the ID.4 is expected to leave front-wheel drive competitors panting once its available twin-engine configuration hits the market a few months after the single-engine model. Adding a front-mounted electric motor enables EV all-wheel drive and boosts horsepower to 302 hp (225 kW) – torque is still unconfirmed, but we’d bet on at least 325 lb-ft ( 441 Nm). It’s not clear whether all-wheel drive will reduce overall range, but if Volkswagen can offset the extra engine weight with more efficient horsepower, it could be a fair deal.
To help reduce range anxiety among ID.4 buyers, three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America stations nationwide will be needed. Volkswagen announced the program just days before the launch of the ID.4, giving the car’s original owners or renters a near-zero way to refuel. Electrify America will still charge an inactivity fee if the VW is not disconnected within 10 minutes after charging is complete, and the benefit does not extend to business customers, including rideshare operators. Yet for the average consumer, three years of free recharging is a compelling benefit.
Exterior: smiles and style
Earning extra points for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is its smart and attractive styling. With friendly, accessible curves that belies the rest of VW’s somewhat aggressive lineup, the ID.4 looks more like the company’s historic Beetle, Bus and Karmann Ghia models. Of course, the pleated front and rear lights look modern, especially with their pretty LED ringed accents and full-width front and rear light bars.
With no front grille except for a bumper-mounted cooling intake, the front is sleek and crisp, avoiding the pitfalls of a fake radiator opening or a massive, pristine look. The interior of the lighthouse is intricately designed, with a sparkling spotlight covered in geometric LED textures. Adding a little more visual pop to the front is an illuminated VW logo on models equipped with the $ 4,500 Statement package.
The slightly curved shoulder line of the side profile adds a bit more retro flavor to the VW ID.4, although the chic crossover black plastic rocker panels and wheel arches spoil the clean design somewhat with a false robustness. White contrasting roof accents (paired with a black painted roof) make the upright SUV look lower and sleeker – and a bit more like a Beetle, if you squint.
The rear view is as stylish as the front, with the one exception being the picky black reflector surrounding the corners of the bumper – these pods would look much nicer in body color. The full-width LED tail light panel features some of the same geometric inlays as the headlights, interrupted in the middle by another illuminated VW logo. From stem to stern, the ID.4’s generally clean design is attractive, distinctive and futuristic.
Interior: Modern furniture, Maxi Space
The story is much the same inside. A 5.3-inch digital instrument panel emerges from the steering column (much like an on-board computer for a bicycle), and it’s much smaller than expected from the same brand that brought us Volkswagen Digital Cockpit – that’s a good thing in this minimalist cabin. The simple display features three reconfigurable tiles that show the most important information, with the charge status and battery range below. Touchscreen controls on the steering wheel provide inputs for the dashboard.
Simple gauges allow the massive infotainment display to take center stage, literally and figuratively. Measuring 10.0 inches for the base model and 12.0 inches for the ID.4 Statement, the center console tilts slightly towards the driver, with sliders for A / C temperature and audio system volume mounted just right. under the screen. Standard navigation and touchless gesture control bring premium functionality to the Volkswagen.
True to its minimalist style, the ID.4 receives an unusual toggle switch in place of a traditional transmission selector. Mounted on the right side of the gauge cluster, the switch opens up plenty of room in the center console for a wireless-charging smartphone compartment, two USB-C sockets, two cup holders and a large compartment, with more storage underneath. the console near the floor.
The E-VW has 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, rising to 64.2 with the rear seats folded down – no word on a frown just yet. This compares favorably to each of the ID.4’s electric competitors, beating their cargo space by 7 to 15 cubes. In fact, the VW has more room with the rear seat in place than the Nissan Leaf with it folded. The Volkswagen’s 99 cubic foot passenger room is also best-in-class, which zero-emission families should keep in mind when purchasing their next vehicle.
Safety: modern technology, standard
No one should be surprised to learn that the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has a long list of standard active safety features. The company’s new line of driver assistance technology IQ.Drive includes forward collision warning with pedestrian monitoring and automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. In addition, the ID.4 has road sign monitoring, parking sensors and automatic high beams.
In the event of a crash, six airbags – front and side chest airbags for the first row and a pair of curtain airbags for both rows – help protect passengers, although we’re surprised at the lack of knee airbags for the front row. this day and age. Meanwhile, an extruded aluminum frame protects the battery from damage caused by an accident, and the ID.4 automatically disconnects the power grid after a serious accident. A replaceable subplate protects the battery from accidental road debris.
Price and availability
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 arrives in the first quarter of next year. Its starting price of $ 39,995 represents the base rear-wheel drive model, with piano black interior accents, black cloth seats, 19-inch wheels, a body-colored roof and roof rails. The $ 4,500 Statement package adds a few niceties (fixed glass roof, gray or black leatherette, adaptive front lighting, power folding side mirrors, and the aforementioned 12.0-inch infotainment screen and illuminated rear badges). At the top of the pile is the $ 1,500 Gradient Pack, offered only with Statement and adding 20-inch wheels, a black roof, and silver exterior accents.
Early adopters keen to show off their avant-garde vision would likely be more interested in the Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition, offering the Statement and Gradient packages for $ 43,995. Interior accents, brake and accelerator pedals with ‘pause’ and ‘play’ symbols, black mirror caps and attractive exterior badges will be unique to the former. With a savings of $ 2000 over the loaded Statement / Gradient, the 1st Edition is probably the one to get.
Pricing for the 302-hp all-wheel-drive ID.4 starts at $ 43,695, and that model will go on sale before mid-2021. Like all other ID.4 variants, it will qualify for a federal tax credit of $ 7,500, which will bring the base price of the model line down to $ 32,495 for rear-wheel drive or $ 36,195 with the all-wheel drive. VW points out that this is roughly in line with the Tiguan SEL and Tiguan SEL 4Motion.
Reservations for the ID.4 open today, costing a fully refundable fee of $ 100 for the honor of being among the first to buy future electric vehicles from Volkswagen. The 2021 ID.4 will be sold in all 50 states through a network of 600 dealers across the country.