VW ID.4 Launches to the World

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Volkswagen’s drive towards cleaner driving has taken a big step forward with the introduction of the electric ID4. At an online press conference Motorhub was told the all electric SUV will be a global car and available in rear wheel drive and later all wheel drive versions. The ID.4 is a vital car and a key tool in the German giant’s rehabilitation from ‘dieselgate’.

The ID.4 is built on VW’s group MEB electric platform that underpins all its new compact/medium sized electric vehicles like the VW I.D3 and Skoda’s and Audi’s EV offerings. When quizzed about launching an electric SUV VW says the SUV form is the most important and popular body type for cars right now. Unlike its sister car the chunky Skoda Enyaq the ID.4 has gone down the sleeker more aerodynamic route. The ID4 has a 21cm ground clearance and a 1200kg towing capacity. The roof rails can carry 75kgs.

Inside the cabin features better quality materials and better lighting than the ID.3 – to help it sit in the class above it. The ID.4 is fully ‘connected’ with VW’s next level software that include the next step up in augmented really head up display (a similar software update is due in to be added to I.D.3 in 2021). The ID.4 has more cabin space than the car’s footprint would have you believe. The ID.4’s electric power train means there is no transmission tunnel. The 204hp/320nm electric motor is so compact it can fit in a sports bag! The cabin space is larger than VW’s best selling Tiguan SUV yet the ID.4 has a turning circle smaller than a VW Polo supermini. Volkswagen says this makes the SUV ironically a perfect city car and socially acceptable. Three child seats can fit in the rear and the boot holds 543 litres – so it is a very practical car.

Battery size (VW quotes their net capacity) and electric motor choices will deliver impressive range (up to 520km) and performance. This will accommodate a broad range of customer’s needs. Like the ID.3 the battery pack comes with a 8 year/160,000km warranty that it will hold 70% or more of its listed capacity. An optional warranty extension will be available too.

Rapid charging capacity can deliver up to 320km of range in just 30 minutes from an Ionity charger. VW says a motorway break is typically 26 minutes (gotta love German precision).

The ID.4 is capable of GTI-like in-gear acceleration. 0-100 km/h 8.5 seconds. VW says the rear wheel drive set up will be assured and not tail happy with excellent enhanced traction control.

The ID.4 goes arrives in 2021. A first edition model will kick off the model. It features lots of kit wrapped up in a value for money package e.g it gets a heat pump and tow hitch as standard. VW says the ID.4 occupies a unique place in the electric car market as the model is not positioned in the premium sector. VW says it will have a number of pre configured models on sale and it will pay attention to what customers are looking for and amend offerings accordingly. The ID.4 will be the first compact SUV that is delivered to the customer with a net neutral CO2 value.

Irish pricing starts from €42,995 net of €10,000 grants and it goes on sale in January 2021. VW Ireland expect to sell 1,700 in a full year. May 2021 will see a more affordable ID.4 that has a 58kWh batter (range circa 340km) with an asking price of circa €35,000 net.

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Michael is Motorhub's Editor. Well known from TV and radio, Michael has been writing, presenting and judging cars since the mid 90's. He is a renowned Producer/Director and documentary film maker. Dozens of credits include: The Whole Way Round (Gay Byrne), The Shamrock Run (Alan Shortt), The Viking Run (Clodagh McKenna) and The Irish 66ers (David Mitchell) and The Climb for Kids (Colin Farrell). Print credits include: the RTE Guide (motoring editor 1999-2003), many national daily papers and Sundays including The Irish Times (freelance) plus other magazines. National radio credits include multiple at RTE Gerry Ryan show, the Mooney Show, The Dave Fanning Show, Drivetime etc. TV credits as a motoring expert include RTE's flagship current affairs show Primetime and TV3's Ireland AM. Michael also presented RTE's car show Drive! in the late 90s and directed some items in MPH2 on TG4. Michael contributes weekly on motoring issues to The Last Word show with Matt Cooper on Today FM. Michael has represented Ireland's motoring journalists in Motorsport at the International Mazda MX-5 endurance race series in Italy and the Arctic Ice Race. He has been a Car of the Year Judge for 20 years, more recently a judge for Van of the Year. Michael is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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