Volkswagen ID.4 SUV - Interior & comfort
Spacious and minimal, but with frustrating infotainment
Like the ID.3, Volkswagen's all-electric SUV has a minimalist interior, with very few physical buttons or knobs. Yet, the ID.4 is clearly also meant to be a touch more upmarket, so there are some more premium materials in the mix. Being high in the range, the 1st Edition also benefits from luxuries like a panoramic sunroof that floods the interior with light, attractive seats with integrated headrests and an augmented reality head-up display that provides useful navigation instructions.
Volkswagen ID.4 dashboard
There are some cheap plastics that hint at efforts to cut cost and possibly weight, but they aren't quite as obvious. What is unfortunately still an issue, is the confusing software for the infotainment display, which measures either 10- or 12-inches in size. Even some simple tasks are now buried deep in confusing menus, and it's hard to feel it is anything but a step backwards for a manufacturer that's previously led the field in logically designed dashboards.
The 1st ID.4 models to arrive in the UK are all in 1st Edition trim. This includes 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a rear-view camera, all-round parking sensors, heated seats and steering wheel, a 10-inch infotainment display with navigation and adaptive cruise control.
Volkswagen hasn't confirmed the specifications for the rest of the range yet, but it's likely to follow the trims for the ID.3, with a Max version offering lots of kit, followed by a Tour model promoting maximum driving range.
There isn't currently a long list of options available for the ID.4, but it's worth noting that a six metre long Mode 2 (three-pin) charging cable costs £180 extra. It's also possible to add a more energy efficient heat pump to keep the car cool in summer and warm in winter, costing £1,250. If you want to tow a small trailer, a folding towbar can also be added for £850.