Volkswagen ID.4, the German giant’s first electric SUV unveiled

As expected, Volkswagen officially unveiled the ID.4 today. On the program, a 100% electric SUV derived from the ID.3 for a price of around € 43,000 to € 58,000 depending on the model.

Article written by Driss Abdi

As part of its WayToZero Project for a transformation towards carbon neutrality, Volkswagen has just unveiled the ID.4, its very first electric SUV. While the latest thermal models are scheduled for 2033, the manufacturer is expanding its range of 100% electric models after the e-Golf, e-Up! and other ID.3. The latter, which has just arrived in concession, is based on the same modular MEB platform as other vehicles of the group, including the Volkswagen ID.4 which is positioned in a much more buoyant market.

The latter takes up the classics of the genre, not without sporting a more modern design with its full grille giving pride of place to standard LED lights. The top-of-the-range version will feature dynamic IQ.Light LED matrix headlights that generate a dynamic main beam that can also greet the driver when approaching the car. The rear lights are based on a 3D LED system.

Longer than the Volkswagen ID.3, the ID.4 even exceeds the Volkswagen Tiguan with its 4.58 meters. The space on board is very generous thanks to the combination of reduced overhang doors and a consequent wheelbase of 2.77 meters. Add to that the absence of a central tunnel in the rear seats and the ID.4 offers space worthy of the SUV of the upper segment. The chest is not left with a volume of 543 liters against 385 liters in the ID.3, and up to 15,875 seats folded.

Higher than the ID.3, the SUV nevertheless retains an interesting Cx of 0.28 (coefficient of penetration in the air), which is barely more than the ID.3 (0.27). An important factor in limiting wind resistance, in order to optimize energy consumption and therefore autonomy.

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Only one (big) battery for the Volkswagen ID.4 at launch

Available in four colors blue, white, gray and yellow, the Volkswagen ID.4 will only be marketed with a battery type like the ID.3 at launch. Unlike the sedan which has a 58 kW liquid-cooled battery while waiting for versions of 45 and 77 kWh, it is therefore the latter that equips the brand’s first electric SUV.

Integrated between both axles with a weight of almost 500 kg, it promises a range of 520 km (against up to 542 km for the ID.3 with the same battery). Note that the battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km. On the recharging side, Volkswagen announces 30 minutes to recover up to 320 km of autonomy on a 125 kW terminal.

No change either on the side of the mechanical endowment which is the same as that of the city car ID.3. We therefore find the same engine of 150 kW (204 hp) which delivers 310 Nm of torque. Volkswagen announces a 0 to 100 km / h in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 160 km / h. Two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions are also expected later.

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A clean interior

If you’ve read our review of the Volkswagen ID.3, you already know everything about the interior of the ID.4 which is a simple copy and paste. We therefore find the small instrumentation screen behind the steering wheel as well as the central infotainment screen up to 12 inches.

Most buttons give way to touch controls and voice assistant that we invoke with the Bonjour ID command. The system is also largely inspired by the world of smartphones with touch buttons under the main screen which offers several features by using them with one or two fingers. And like the ID.3, the Volkswagen ID.4 offers plenty of storage space, particularly in the central console released from the gear selector which is now integrated on the steering column.

The marketing of the Volkswagen ID.4 will be modeled on that of the ID.3, fewer delays. Announced a year ago, the electric compact was first available for booking with a deposit of 1,000 euros for the limited 1st Edition version. An operation which had been crowned with success with more than 10,000 reservations recorded in just 24 hours.

On the price side, the prices of the Volkswagen ID.4 have not yet been officially communicated in France. On the other hand, in Germany, they have been made official. The 1st Edition, which carries most of the options, will be priced at € 48,690, while the ID.4 Pro will cost € 43,330. Finally, the 1st Max version will be offered at a price of € 58,440.

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