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TESTED: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Beats EPA Range by 15%

TESTED: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Beats EPA Range by 15%

VW's new EV overdelivers in the real world

  • The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition outperformed its EPA-estimated range of 250 miles by 14.8%, covering 287 miles on Edmunds' real-world EV range loop.
  • That total puts the ID.4 in 7th place out of 17 vehicles on our EV range leaderboard.
  • The all-new ID.4 is a compact SUV that is much larger than VW's last EV, the e-Golf, but can travel twice as far on a single charge.

With an EPA range estimate of 250 miles, the all-new, all-electric 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 looks competitive on paper, but the EPA's test is laboratory-based. What kind of range can actual ID.4 owners expect in real-world driving?

We tested a 2021 ID.4 First Edition on our real-world EV range loop to find out.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition.

Testing the ID.4 in the real world

Edmunds tests every new electric vehicle on our real-world driving loop to see what kind of range you can expect starting with a full battery charge. The average ambient temperature while driving the ID.4 on our loop was 63 degrees F and we traveled a total of 287 miles, which is about 15% more range than the ID.4's EPA estimate of 250 miles.

It's worth noting that Volkswagen states the optimal battery charge for the ID.4 is 80%. For the purpose of consistent range testing, Edmunds charges all vehicles to the maximum allowable level.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition.

When charging the ID.4 back to full and calculating its energy consumption, we measured a rate of 28.8 kWh/100 miles, which is significantly lower than the EPA's estimate of 35 kWh/100 miles. In other words, our ID.4 used about 18% less energy than the EPA projected.

This also means our ID.4 was slightly more efficient than the Tesla Model Y Performance, which recorded 29.6 kWh/100 miles in our testing versus its EPA estimate of 30 kWh/100 miles. That makes more sense considering the level of performance we've experienced in the Model Y, which most often comes with a trade-off in efficiency. 

Edmunds says

The ID.4 returned a strong range result in Edmunds' testing, indicating that you should be able to meet or exceed its EPA range estimate when driving efficiently in temperate conditions. For our latest comprehensive ratings of all electric vehicles, head over to the EV rankings page.