Volkswagen ID.4 Earns Highest-Possible Safety Rating

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, Contributing Writer - September 24, 2021

Volkswagen introduced the 2021 ID.4 as their first all-electric SUV, and its crash safety score is turning heads. The midsize SUV earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is the higher of the two awards given by the Institute.

The IIHS has six different evaluations which thoroughly test the vehicle's ability to withstand vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian collisions while protecting the passengers inside. To earn a Top Safety Pick+, the car must score a rating of "Good" on all of these tests. In addition, the front crash prevention systems on the car must also score "Advanced" or "Superior" ratings.

So how did the Volkswagen ID.4 score so well? In terms of the vehicle's specs, many safety features come standard on all trims. The driver assistance technology offered includes everything from blindspot detection, lane departure warning and prevention, LED headlights, and adaptive cruise control, to forward collision alert, parking sensors, and automatic braking with pedestrian detection.

Not only does the ID.4 come with all of that and more, but it’s also a car that feels smooth and sturdy as you drive it. The curb weight of the car ranges from a massive 4,600 to 5,000 pounds due to the battery, which by itself weighs 1,000 pounds. Because of this, acceleration isn’t as fast as some of the ID.4’s EV competitors, but at 0 to 60mph in 7.5 seconds, it performs on par with many of its gas-engine competition.

Overall this car is more than a solid pick when it comes to safety, especially when compared to other electric vehicles. The 2021 Ford Mach-E earned a Top Safety Pick as did the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt, though only after they made an adjustment to improve their headlights, both a rank lower than the ID.4 earned. The Tesla Model Y had earned a Top Safety Pick+, but the IIHS removed their safety ratings from Tesla after they stopped using radar detection.

So if you’re looking for an electric vehicle that ranks well in safety, the ID.4 is a good choice. Coming in at around $40,000, it's priced competitively. Volkswagen is trying to lower the cost further by switching to a smaller battery, but there isn’t a clear answer yet on what the new price would be.

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Sarah is a Michigan native with a background in Communication and Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University. Outside of publishing articles for CarsDirect and its sister site, Auto Credit Express, Sarah has a strong passion for literature, editing, and writing.


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