New Volkswagen ID.4: roomy electric SUV debuts

Published: 23 September 2020

► First proper look at production ID.4
► It’s the second model from electric ID family 
► Launching later in 202

VW’s second ID model is here: this is the new ID.4 SUV. The all-electric people mover is the next step in Wolfsburg’s plans to bring out an entire series of EVs numbered 1 to 7.

The new ID.4 is designed to be a roomier and more practical model to the ID.3 hatch, with the same powertrain options underneath. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s based off the ID Roomzz concept.

So it’s a family SUV, then…

Yup. It’s longer, with a longer wheelbase, than a Tiguan – so VW claims it has as much room as a full-size SUV. Still a five-seater, but with a much larger boot area than the ID.3 – 543 litres as opposed to the 3’s 385.

The overall look hasn’t changed a great deal from the concept; there’s almost a shooting brake-like swept-back silhouette to the car, with a bluff front end. VW says the ID.4 can be had with LED Matrix lights under its IQ.Light tagline, with 3D-effect rear lights as an option (pictured on the yellow car).

id4 rear yellow

Power and range specs, please

The ID.4 uses the same basic platform and drivetrain as the ID.3. To ensure as much power and range as possible, the SUV has the 201bhp, 229lb ft version of the ID.3’s electric motor driving the rear wheels, kept spinning by a 77kWh battery pack. It’s capable of a 0-62mph sprint in 8.5 seconds, and VW claims a maximum range of 323 miles.

VW's electric plans explained

Choices will expand to include all-wheel drive and a larger-capacity battery pack in 2021.

Any other details?

Little else that isn’t already available on the ID.3. The interior concept is essentially the same, even if there’s more space inside than the hatchback; clean cockpit with a twist-action gear selector attached to the drivers’ instruments and storage cubbies in the centre console.

id4 interior

An augmented-reality head-up display is on the options list – something VW managed to get out of the door before Mercedes did with the new S-Class – and the connected infotainment system has real-time traffic data, live updates on the state of nearby chargers and the ability to pre-condition your car via a phone app.

When and how much?

The ID.4 will first go on sale in two limited editions: 1st and 1st Max. The 1st version has 20-inch wheels, heated seats, parking camera, two-zone climate control, adaptive cruise, navigation and more. In Germany, VW says this version will cost €49,950 – meaning a price tag of around £45,000 in the UK before the Plug-In grant.

id4 blue overhead tracking

Go for the 1st Max and that spec list is topped up by the aforementioned LED matrix headlights and 3D rear lights, 21-inch wheels, adaptive dampers, a panoramic glass roof and a powered, hands-free tailgate, augmented reality head-up display and more safety tech. Yours for €59,950 in Germany, or around £55k in the UK.

These two limited edition models will arrive in dealers towards the end of 2020, with more powertrain options and regular specifications coming in summer of 2021.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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