New Volkswagen ID.4 trim levels join range

Three new trim levels for Volkswagen’s electric SUV join special 1st Edition

  • 77kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor
  • Now available in four trim levels
  • Prices start from £41,570

Volkswagen has today opened its order books for three new versions of the ID.4 electric SUV, following the launch of the 1st Edition last month.

The three trims - called Life, Family and Max - are available with the same Pro Performance powertrain as the high-spec 1st Edition model, which consists of a 77kWh battery and a 201bhp electric motor that can deliver up to 323 miles of electric range.

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The price tag, however, will be slightly higher than the 1st Edition due to the revised terms of the government’s plug-in car grant. Prices start from £41,570, so the ID.4 is currently not under the new price cap of £35,000 for grant eligibility. Volkswagen has confirmed, however, that more affordable entry-level models will arrive in the coming weeks, which will see the starting price of the ID.4 fall to less than £32,000 with the grant.

The ID.4 is likely to be a big seller for Volkswagen, as it taps into demand for electric cars and SUVs. It shares its underpinnings with the ID.3 and the forthcoming Skoda Enyaq iV, and will be a direct rival to electric SUV models like the Tesla Model Y and Nissan Ariya.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: interior and trim levels

Features are sorted into three fixed equipment packs across the range to simplify the ordering process for customers, as has already happened with the ID.3.

The entry-level Life model offers a high level of equipment as standard. The Interior Style Package includes a 30-colour ambient lighting for the dashboard and door trims, split-folding rear seats with a load-through hatch and centre armrest, and ‘play and pause’ pedals. The Infotainment Package adds a 10-inch Discover Pro touchscreen system with sat nav and inductive smartphone charging. An LED strip along the bottom of the dashboard can change colour and blink to alert the driver to notifications, and work with the sat nav and safety systems to suggest direction changes. Finally, the Comfort Package brings a heated windscreen, two front and rear USB ports, two-zone climate control, and heated front seats and steering wheel.

The mid-range Family builds on the Life specification by adding 19-inch alloy wheels and upgraded equipment packs. The Design Package Plus brings LED matrix headlights, privacy glass for the rear windows and a large panoramic sunroof. Meanwhile, the Comfort Package Plus upgrades the climate control to a three-zone system with luggage nets in the boot, and the Assistance Package adds a rear-view camera and keyless start.

The range-topping Max is the most comprehensively equipped model. The Infotainment Package Plus gives the ID.4 a larger 12-inch infotainment system and head-up display. The Interior Style Plus pack is bolstered by the addition of sport seats with integrated headrests, front heated seats and massage function with pneumatic lumbar support. Finally, the Assistance Package Plus provides a range of driver assistance tools, including Travel Assist, Lane Assist, Emergency Assist and Side Assist systems, while parking is made easier with the addition of the Area View cameras.

The exclusive ‘1st’ badging marks out the 1st Edition model from the others, alongside brown interior highlights and 20-inch alloy wheels. Standard equipment includes the upgraded LED headlights, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated seats and steering wheel, a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, sat nav and adaptive cruise control.

Piano Black and silver trim adds to its design, while the seats are upholstered in an eco-friendly mix of artificial leather and ArtVelours made from 20% recycled plastic bottles.

Design

The ID.4 is available in a range of colours including Mangan Grey Metallic, Honey Yellow Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic and Blue Dusk metallic, as well as Glacier White. Buyers can opt for a contrasting black roof at no extra cost, or a purchase a silver style pack, which adds silver to the roof trim, roof rails and rear pillars for £620. It’s also possible to choose white interior styling and a white steering wheel at no additional cost.

The ID.4 is the first electric Volkswagen to be fitted with a folding tow bar too, with a towing capacity of up to 1,000 kg.

Practicality

The ID.4 is a little longer than the Volkswagen Tiguan but there’ll be as much space as a larger SUV because there’s no engine. This is in keeping with the Golf-sized ID.3, which has a similar amount of space to the bigger Volkswagen Passat.

It’s also been confirmed that the ID.4 boasts 543 litres of boot space behind the rear seats; not far behind the 615 litres offered by the Tiguan when its sliding rear seats are pushed forwards. Flipping the rear seats down frees up 1,575 litres of space. Fitted with the optional towing bracket, the ID.4 can tow up to 1,000kg.

Range and performance

A single, rear-mounted electric motor produces 201bhp, giving the ID.4 a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. According to Volkswagen, the ID.4 is capable of 323 miles on its 77kWh battery, depending on exact spec, and can regain up to 199 miles of range from a 125kW rapid charger in just 30 minutes. A 7.2kW home charger, meanwhile, takes around 11 hours to give the car a full charge.

Like the Volkswagen Golf-sized ID.3, the ID.4 is based on VW’s modular MEB platform, which was developed specifically for electric cars. The platform can accommodate a variety of different electric powertrains, allowing the carmaker to offer less expensive variants that have a single rear-mounted electric motor, two-wheel drive and a smaller battery, as well as range-topping models that have bigger batteries and a second motor on the front axle to give four-wheel-drive.

Battery packs used in MEB-based cars currently range from 45kWh to 77kWh. All Pro Performance models are currently powered by the latter. Later this year, however, the ID.4 will be offered with a smaller 52kWh battery, which will offer a range of up to 224 miles. This version will be offered with a power output of either 146bhp or 168bhp.

A performance version is also thought to be in development. Dubbed the ID.4 GTX, it would use the 302bhp twin-motor powertrain from the forthcoming Enyaq vRS, giving it a 0-62mph time of just over six seconds.

The ID.4 was originally previewed by the ID.Crozz concept, and a Crozz badge features on the Chinese website’s photos. The Crozz concept had more of a coupe SUV shape like the Mercedes GLC Coupe and Audi Q3 Sportback. It’s possible that a sleeker version of the ID.4 may join the range in the future.

The ID.4 is a carbon-neutral car, just like the ID.3. The brand plans to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2050, as it looks to reduce its overall emissions by a third in the next five years. Worldwide, the company plans to introduce 75 new electric cars by the end of the decade.

First deliveries of the ID.4 Pro Performance are expected during the first week of May.

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