New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV revealed with up to 323 miles of range


Volkswagen has followed up first deliveries of the new ID.3 electric hatchback with the reveal of its next all-electric model: the ID.4. It’s positioned as a five-seat electric SUV, similar in size to the popular Tiguan, and will compete directly with the Skoda Enyaq and Tesla Model Y. 

Based on the group’s MEB platform, two battery sizes have been confirmed for the ID.3: a 52kWh unit and a larger 77kWh battery. However, from launch, only models using the larger battery pack will be offered, with the cheaper 52kWh models available later in 2021.

Entry-level ID.4s with the smaller battery pack are claimed to be able to cover a maximum range of 224 miles on a single charge. Drive is provided by an electric motor, available with 146bhp or 168bhp, that powers the rear wheels. 

Versions with the larger 77kWh battery are capable of unlocking a range of 323 miles on a single charge, says VW. A 201bhp electric motor powers the rear axle, capable of propelling the car from 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 99mph.

VW will also offer this model with a less powerful 177bhp motor, while the brand has also confirmed that a range topping all-wheel drive version is coming too. It would likely take on ID.4 GTX badging and borrow its drivetrain from the Skoda Enyaq vRS, with 302bhp sent to both axles helping deliver a 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds.

As for charging, three levels are anticipated. While unconfirmed, it’s likely that the entry-level 52kWh ID.4 will default to a 50kW standard, which would enable a 0-80 per cent recharge in around an hour. However, 100kW charging has been confirmed, which would double that baseline speed, but is likely to be an optional extra. Versions with the 77kWh battery, however, will be made available with 125kW charging, capable of adding 199 miles of range in half an hour. 

New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4: design

As the second model in the all-electric Volkswagen ID line-up, the ID.4 consolidates the design language and themes introduced by the ID.3, morphing many elements of the firm’s electric hatchback into a larger SUV package. As such, much of the exterior is recognisable.

The surfacing is clean like on the ID.3 hatchback; the headlights with their interactive IQ. Light LED units form a front end comprising a full-width LED lighting bar and a blunt, grille-free front end. The glasshouse is large with a windscreen stretching far towards the front axle, and the shoulder line is reminiscent of its smaller sibling too. It gets a different tailgate with full-width LED tail lights, while SUV touches include wheel-arch cladding and a more protruding rear window, which helps to give the ID.4 a more boxy SUV shape.

Against the tape measure, the ID.4 is 4,580mm  long, placing it between the regular Tiguan and the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace in terms of length. Boot space comes in at 543 litres with all seats in place, or 1,575 litres with the rear seats folded down. 

New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4: interior and technology

A wheelbase of 2,700mm, in combination with the under-floor packaging of the battery and the rear-axle mounted electric motor, means Volkswagen claims that the ID.4 has almost as much room as cars from a segment up above inside.

The dashboard is familiar, borrowing plenty from the ID.3 hatchback. A thin centre console with cupholders and storage spaces sits low between the driver and passenger, and the dashboard is defined by angular vents and lines. However, the most prominent features are the screens – a central infotainment display sizing up at 10-inches – 12-inches on top spec cars – and a small digital instrument panel. Both can be commanded through the new “Hello ID” voice control system.

The ID.4 introduces a new augmented reality head-up-display. This is capable of projecting 3D graphics onto the windshield as if they are objects on the road ahead, such as navigation prompts to show you exactly which lane you should be in at a roundabout. 

Unlike the ID.3 hatchback, the ID.4 is available with adaptive dampers and dynamic chassis control. Lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking will be standard, while adaptive cruise control will be offered, as will the latest version of Volkswagen’s Travel Assist semi-autonomous driving assistant. 

New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4: price and on sale date

Volkswagen has so far confirmed just two versions of the ID.4 for the European market. Both versions use the 77kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor system and are very highly specced. 

Prices begin from 49,950 euros (£45,800) for the ID.4 1st Edition and 59,950 euros (£55,000) for the ID.4 1st Edition Max before any government incentives. Apply the £3,000 uk plug-in government grant, and it looks as if the high-spec launch versions coming to the UK will begin from around £43,000. However, VW UK has yet to confirm its own pricing and specification, which could differ. 

Both launch versions are limited to 27,000 units. Once they have sold, Volkswagen will focus on delivering more variants of the ID.4 throughout 2021. When entry-level 52kWh cars land on sale, expect the price tag to drop towards the £35,000 mark. 

Click here to read our review of the new Volkswagen ID.3…


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