VW ID.4 GTX: new e-performance brand starts here

Published: 28 April 2021

► New GTX variant of ID.4 revealed
► Start of new hot electric variant family
► Plus full details on electric SUV

GTI, GTD, GTE and now GTX. VW has officially announced the new performance variant for its range of electric ID cars, starting with the ID.4 GTX.

The ‘X’, according to VW, is said to signal the crossing over into a new electric dimension for the brand’s sporty EVs. But this isn’t the first time the GTX name has been used; VW used the trim name for a sporty Scirocco model in the 80s.

But this is a firm look into the future, not the past. The new GTX variant will expand across future ID cars, next in line being the ID.3.

What does the ID.4 GTX bring to the party?

More power, obviously. The ID.4 GTX makes 295bhp and has all-wheel drive as standard, utilising one motor per axle.

That whumping electric shove allows the GTX to sprint to 62mph in 6.2 seconds – just a touch quicker than a Mk8 Golf GTI – and onto a lowly 112mph. VW claims 298 miles on a full charge of its 77kWh battery.

id4 gtx front driving

You can add some extra dynamism with the Sports and Sports Plus packages; the former lowers the suspension by 15mm, the latter adds adaptive dampers that link with the vehicle dynamics manager.

It doesn’t look that different…

Not hugely, no. But, if you look at it in context of the GTI range, a Golf GTI isn’t a wild departure from the donor car, either. Still, along with some fresh paint colours, ID.4 GTX models have 20-inch wheels as standard, with 21s an option.

id4 gtx seat

The front bumper has a new DRL signature, with three vertically laid-out squares of light, and it comes with the ID.4’s 3D rear light clusters as standard. The AGR-approved seats (the German Campaign for Healthier Backs) are thickly bolstered with a honeycomb-pattern, leather-free upholstery.

When does the ID.4 GTX arrive?

VW says the ID.4 GTX will arrive in the summer for a price of €50,415 in Germany. Expect a price tag of around £50k in the UK, as the current highest ID.4 trim is already around the £49k mark.

Read more on the VW ID.4 below.

VW ID.4: the CAR lowdown

VW ID4 front

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.

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.

Now the range has expanded, the ID.4 range starts at £41,570 for the Life trim.

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By Jake Groves

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