VW ID.4 Launches to the World


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 Sheridan

Michael Sheridan is a senior and highly respected motoring journalist based in Ireland. He is a frequently heard voice on motoring, transport and mobility matters and has multiple credits on national television, national print media, national and local radio and other outlets. Michael Sheridan has been a Car of the Year Judge for more 20 years (& more recently a Van of the Year judge). Michael has produced and directed many international and national motoring TV programmes and documentaries both on cars and motorcycles - including four films on the iconic Route 66. Michael Sheridan is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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