The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is the first model to emerge on the brand's all-new electric vehicle platform. The compact crossover features a rear-motor layout, uncompromised cargo space, and an EPA-estimated 250 miles of range.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Overview
Choosing Your Volkswagen ID.4
The Volkswagen ID.4 is offered in two trims: Pro and Pro S (Statement). Prices start at $39,995 including destination for the Pro and climb to $44,495 for the Pro S. Buyers are also eligible for a federal tax credit up to $7,500.
The ID.4 was briefly available in special 1st Edition trim, which sold out the very day Volkswagen started taking reservations.
The ID.4 starts out with rear-wheel drive and a rear-mounted electric motor. For $3,680, buyers can upgrade to all-wheel drive and dual rear motors on either trim. Both setups use a single-speed automatic transmission.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)||Range|
|Electric Motor||201 hp||228 lb-ft||97 MPGe||250 miles|
|Dual Electric Motors||302 hp||Not Yet Rated||Not Yet Rated||Not Yet Rated|
According to Volkswagen, recharging a fully depleted battery takes 7.5 hours on a Level 2 home charger, or about 33 miles for every charging hour. At a DC fast-charging station, the battery can go from 5% to 80% charge in 38 minutes. Every ID.4 comes with three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America, a nationwide network of charging stations.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The ID.4 is a compact, two-row crossover with ample room for five. Although the motor is located under the cargo area, the ID.4 has a flat load floor and good capacity for its size. There's 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and 64.2 with it folded.
The ID.4 leaves nothing to the options list when it comes to driver assistance technology. Every example comes with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, road sign display, and automatic high beams.
The ID.4's standard infotainment system offers a 10-inch touchscreen, navigation, seven audio speakers, wireless device charging, HD radio, four USB ports, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The built-in wi-fi hot spot can accommodate up to four devices at a time.
Upgrading to the Pro S trim brings a 12-inch touchscreen with gesture controls.
The Pro trim features a cloth interior with heated and power-reclining front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, digital instrumentation, voice controls, and ambient lighting. Other equipment includes proximity key access, automatic wipers, full LED exterior lighting, black roof rails, and 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels.
The Pro S adds leatherette upholstery, 12-way power front seats with memory and lumbar massage, a fixed panoramic sunroof, a handsfree power liftgate, expanded ambient lighting color choices, and the 12-inch touchscreen. The outside receives adaptive headlights and illumination for the grille and door handles.
The $1,500 Gradient Package furnishes 20-inch wheels, a black painted roof, and silver roof rails and body accents.
The dual-motor AWD setup is a bargain at $3,680. We expect it to transform the 2021 VW ID.4 into an impressive all-around performer. It's where our first dollar of options money would go.