2021 Volkswagen ID.4

MSRP range: $39,995 - $48,175
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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Review

  • Lots of helpful safety and technology features come standard
  • Spacious interior with lots of small-item storage
  • Impressive real-world range and electrical efficiency
  • Some controls can be difficult to operate
  • Low-quality cabin plastics cheapen the experience
  • All-new all-electric SUV
  • About as much interior space as VW's Tiguan
  • An estimated range for rear-wheel-drive models of 250-260 miles
  • Kicks off the first generation of the ID.4 for 2021

The 2021 ID.4 is the first U.S.-bound Volkswagen built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Note the key "ground up" part. Volkswagen's first U.S. market EV was the e-Golf — not much more than a Golf hatchback with an electric motor and batteries instead of a gas powertrain. VW sold it from 2015 to 2019, and while we like the way it drove, its range wasn't very impressive. VW says the ID.4 is optimized from the get-go for the best range, efficiency and interior space possible.

Marketed as an SUV, the ID.4 is smaller than VW's Tiguan small SUV. It's 4.6 inches shorter and 1.9 inches lower than the Tiguan. But its wheelbase, which is the measurement between the front and rear wheels, is only about an inch shorter than the Tiguan's. With the wheels pushed farther apart, the ID.4 has more space for passengers. In fact, it has nearly identical passenger accommodations as the Tiguan. The ID.4's EPA-estimated range of 250 to 260 miles is plenty for most EV buyers, and Volkswagen is throwing in three years of complimentary DC fast charging at Electrify America stations.

Overall, the ID.4 has everything necessary to be an intriguing pick for an electric SUV. But is it the right EV for you, or should you maybe get a Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Ford Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model Y instead? Read the categories of our Expert Rating below to help you decide.

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The all-new ID.4 is a true family-friendly EV at a budget-friendly price. It comes with plenty of standard features and has a pleasingly spacious cabin. It pushes the envelope with technology too, featuring wireless smartphone integration and hand gesture control for the infotainment system. It's not without faults, but overall the ID.4 is a compelling pick for a practical, utility-oriented SUV.
The ID.4 splits the difference between your average mainstream EV and your average compact SUV. It's quick by SUV standards, needing only 7.7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in our testing. Just know that other EVs are quicker still, such as the Hyundai Kona Electric (6.6 seconds) and Tesla Model Y. Around turns, the ID.4 is stable but a long way from being sporty. This isn't an electric GTI.

Braking performance is excellent in panic-stop situations. But the brake pedal requires a little too much finesse to smoothly stop in more casual scenarios. Also, we're disappointed that the ID.4 lacks full one-pedal driving capability. Lifting off the accelerator initiates regenerative braking, but you still have to put your foot on the brake pedal for a complete stop.
This is a comfortable EV. Most notably, the climate control system does a great job of keeping the cabin at a consistent temperature even in the Eco setting. There are even some fun temperature presets to choose from based on how you're feeling. It's also decently quiet. You'll hear some outside and road noise when driving, but the ID.4 proved to be just as quiet in our sound measurements as other top EVs.

The seats are cushy but could use a little more thigh support for drivers with long legs. We'd happily trade the massage seat function for a ventilated seat option, which isn't offered. Ride comfort is OK, but the ID.4's rather soft suspension tuning means you'll feel some pronounced up-and-down body motions when driving over bumps.
The ID.4 has a spacious cabin that's easy to get in and out of. It's also easy to see out of. But we were disappointed with some of the unintuitive controls. Mundane things such as the window controls are way overcomplicated, incorporating a touch-sensitive button to switch between front and rear window operation, instead of just having one switch per window. Indicator lights for many of these controls also wash out in direct sunlight, making it hard to tell which mode you're in. Add in some laggy responses by the infotainment screen and you have a cocktail for frustration.

On the upside, the ID.4 allows you to just get in and drive. There's no ignition or power button to start the car with. You'll also appreciate the driver cluster that moves with the steering wheel, so it's always in your line of sight.
There is a lot of great technology packed into the ID.4. Wireless CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard (you can still plug in if you prefer), and there are plenty of USB-C ports to go around. There's also a spot reserved for wireless phone charging. If you're not into using smartphone integration for navigating, the onboard navigation system is quite good and easy to use. The sound system won't blow you away, but that's about the only downside here.

All ID.4s benefit from a suite of standard advanced driving aids, from adaptive cruise control with lane keeping to blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The systems proved to be well tuned and useful in our testing, especially in slow-moving traffic.
This is one of the more versatile EVs around. It offers a substantial 30.3 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seat. The rear seats are split 60/40 and fold forward flat for 64.2 cubic feet of space. This is more than what you'll get from something like a Hyundai Kona Electric but not as much as what the Model Y offers. If you don't need that flat area, you can drop the rear cargo floor down a level for slightly more space. Small underfloor storage is a great place for the mobile EVSE (charger).

The ID.4's real genius shows in its interior storage accommodations. A smart, configurable center console area with removable cupholders and partitions makes for an ultra-flexible front cabin. Generously sized door pockets, too. And the rear seat room makes this the best mainstream EV for car seats, with easy-access anchors. This is a very family-friendly EV.
The ID.4 First Edition has an official range of 250 miles and a consumption of 35 kWh per 100 miles. We ran the ID.4 on Edmunds' real-world range loop on a 100% battery charge (a charge of 80% is recommended for daily use), and it went a total of 287 miles and consumed less energy than its official rating at just 28.8 kWh per 100 miles. That's just marginally less efficient than a Nissan Leaf and an admirable result for a vehicle that's quite a bit bigger.
The ID.4's appeal comes from its combination of a roomy size, reasonable price and helpful real-world range. Interior build quality is a bit hit-and-miss — some of the high touch-point areas are made out of hard, cheap-feeling plastic — but for what you're paying, the ID.4 is well equipped.

New owners get three years of unlimited fast charging at all Electrify America stations, and Volkswagen provides basic and powertrain warranty coverage for four years/50,000 miles, covering the battery for eight years/100,000 miles. You also get two years/20,000 miles of free maintenance, which probably won't amount to much work for an EV, but it's still nice to have.
List the ID.4's high points on paper, and it looks like a home run. Features including gesture control, massaging seats, a full suite of advanced driving aids and rear-wheel-drive architecture are just a few of the enticing items. Unfortunately, not everything is executed as well as it needs to be, which can be worse than if they weren't offered at all. But the ID.4 has so much else going for it that most of those issues can be overlooked. Its spaciousness, practicality and a healthy driving range make it very appealing to the masses.

We don't consider this a fun-to-drive vehicle in the recreational sense, but it does make for comfortable transport that we wouldn't mind driving every day. And as one of the more spacious vehicles in the class with a decent amount of real-world range, it can certainly get you places where fun can be had.

Which ID.4 does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend the ID.4 in its base trim, the Pro, with its full suite of standard driver safety aids. The Pro S offers some upscale features such as a power liftgate and a larger 12-inch touchscreen, but we think the base ID.4 Pro has all the basics covered.

Volkswagen ID.4 models

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is a fully electric small SUV with seating for five people. The ID.4 is available in three trim levels: Pro, Pro S and 1st Edition. The ID.4 has an 82-kWh battery pack and a 201-horsepower electric motor that drives the rear wheels. An all-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro S, with 302 hp, will be available after the initial launch.

The base ID.4 Pro standard feature highlights include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • DC fast-charging capability (up to 125 kW)
  • Keyless entry
  • Automatic headlights
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • 10-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Voice controls
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (wireless capability for both)
  • VW's CarNet connection service (with onboard Wi-Fi)

Standard driver safety aids for the base ID.4 Pro are combined into a package called IQ.Drive and they include:

  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Volkswagen and the car in front and can also react to traffic signs and set speed)
  • Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued and can slow the vehicle to a complete stop)
  • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

ID.4 Pro S
Adds more luxury features, including:

  • LED adaptive headlights
  • Power tailgate with hands-free open and close functions
  • Illuminated exterior Volkswagen logos
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Upgraded front seats with massage function
  • 12-inch touchscreen with gesture control
  • Adjustable floor panels for the trunk

An optional Gradient package is available for the Pro S and it includes:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Black roof and silver bumper accents
  • Roof rails

The 1st Edition adds the contents of the Pro S trim level and the Gradient package plus:

  • Unique pedals with "Pause" and "Play" logos
  • White interior accents
  • A tow hitch with a tow capacity of 2,200 pounds (with trailer brakes)
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Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 4.9 stars
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, GREAT introduction to the EV experience
Matt R,
1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD)
We were looking to get out of an expensive finance mistake and ended up leasing a 1st edition ID4. We already have a VW Beetle and know that VW is a great brand and has always offered us an affordable option but with a focus on driver experience and affordable tech plus compared to other vehicles maintenance cost has always been great. The ID4 feels like a luxury vehicle in the 1st edition trim. Seats are extremely comfortable. We drove 365 miles on the highway from the dealer and found it to be very quiet, adequately powerful and fun to drive. The safety and tech features are top notch. We of course had range anxiety due to our distance from purchasing dealer but we were pleasantly surprised. Electrify America stations did give us a couple of issues (some were because of operator error) but their support line has a human answer the call within 1-2 minutes, amazing! We made it home with no worries and are already planning next mini road trip. Visibility on front windshield is superb. Panoramic moonroof (viewing only no open) is amazing. GREAT storage for drinks / flexibility of moving storage holders for big cups etc. Wireless charging is a plus. Android Auto & Apple Car Play. USB-C plugs. Motorized trunk opening/closing. Hard to talk about long term range yet due to new ownership. I would say this vehicle feels next get but is still enough like a regular crossover SUV that it is not a drastic change. I don't want to attract too much attention personally. My only complaint so far is the infotainment system seems to have too many options. I also personally like traditional buttons and knobs for climate control / radio. There is a volume "slider" and temp up and down buttons but most of the ac controls are on the screen. We will get used to it. Minor complaint. I would prefer it to have a spare tire but I know most vehicles are moving to eliminate that as well. All in all, this feels like a high-end affordable electric vehicle. We are optimistic that charging infrastructure will continue to improve in Texas. For now, it does have our most travelled routes places like El Paso, Midland, DFW and then El Paso, San Antonio, Austin. I would highly recommend this vehicle.
5/5 stars, Move Over, Elon. You've Got Competition
Jewopaho,
1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD)
We've never been VW fans. Each time we test-drove one, the vehicle fell short of the competition. However, the ID.4 not being your typical Volkswagen, we pursued a possible purchase. We drove a demo, and were impressed. The general consensus from three dealerships was that we'd have to order one to our specs online, then wait for it to be built and shipped from Germany. The fourth dealer in the area showed one available. By the quirk of luck, a model (1st Edition) dressed exactly as we would have ordered it was sitting on that showroom's floor. Apparently, the purchaser declined delivery, and we were able to buy it. For starters, it doesn't look like any EV on the road ... no funny shape (looks just the same as a standard SUV) or cheesy interiors (actually borders on the upscale). Range is around 250 miles, three years of free charging through Electrify America, $7500 tax credit (provided you owe that much on your return) ... priced fairly (MSRP $45,100, we paid $44,400). Driving is a pleasure, smooth without being sloppy, plenty of pickup (entered the freeway with no problem), responsive handling, comfortable seating, not to mention quiet. We've also driven a Tesla Model Y ... no comparison whatsoever. If you can get to drive an ID.4, do it. You'll be impressed, too.
5/5 stars, Performance, Style, Comfort
Sunil Asthana,
1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD)
Superbly designed well balanced EV at a good price. Loving the white steering wheel, roomy interior, good acceleration (yes not as good as TESLA), comfortable seats. However would like to have Home-Link as a OEM option and not a add on. Overall great SUV that meets all my expectations for performance and comfort. The additional 7500 federal tax rebate is a plus.
5/5 stars, Game changer for VW, Tesla better watch its back!!
Robert,
1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD)
Got my ID4 1st Edition at VW Boston last week. I have to say that this vehicle feels by far like the best purchase for value of any vehicle out there if you are looking for a gas-saver EV with good range without settling for a cube/drab looking transportation pods (the case for most EVs out there except for Tesla). First, gas savings. I commuted in my SUV over 200 miles daily. I will now save $600 a month in gas. Second, I get a $7,500 credit from Uncle Sam and a $2,500 check from the State of Massachusetts for getting an EV. For me, I am essentially net out of pocket zero for the first three years that I get to own this excellent piece of German engineering that the ID4 is. Range: I'm getting about 280 on a charge as long as I keep my highway speed between 60-65. Your range will decrease as you increase your speed. Safety features galore. Anything that is out there the ID4 has. Luxury features, too many to mention. My favorite one: seat massage on both the driver and passenger side. Panoramic Moonroof, CarPlay/Android, Semi Autonomous Driving (car seems ready on the hardware side of things for full auto- software blocked for now to semi-autonomous with warnings and system triggered to brake and park car if it does not detect a driver). Stop and go Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Braking etc. I could go on and on about all the features in this vehicle. Slight negatives, voice control lags 2 or 3 seconds too long something that I am sure will improve over time with over the air updates. Slight negative turned into a positive- tactile touch screen was unresponsive on day one. I scheduled service with VW Boston, gave me a loaner (Jetta SEL-nice car for the the price point), ordered a new computer for my infotainment and I picked up car two days later. Infotainment works great now- lagging is gone and touch screen responds to tactile commands easily. I believe the use of the touchscreen for basically almost every command for the car features may be a little bit of a hassle for those who prefer buttons but I've found myself getting used to it easily over the course of several days. Charging- I've used Electrify America for the fast charge and gotten about the reported 80% in 35 minutes. Did this while shopping at the Home Depot where they had the charging stations in the parking lot. I also get to charge in my condo where we have free charging stations. Btw, VW gives you 3 years of free charging too. If you are looking for an EV mid-size SUV with everything going for it the ID4 I feel is by fat the best choice. I considered Tesla Y, but the ID4 with its German Engineering DNA has a better fit and finish. This VW surpasses all of the companies previous products, more in line with Audi-like finish. My bet is that the ID4 will compete head to head against the Tesla Y and the Mustang EV in sales and win. TY VW you put out a great product. Tesla is going to have to up their game now and this can only benefit all consumers.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 videos

ALISTAIR WEAVER: A few weeks ago, we published the results of our Edmunds' EV range test based on real world driving. They were startling. While some brands-- most notably Tesla-- failed to hit their official EPA figures, others such as Porsche dramatically overperformed. You can read all about it at edmunds.com/range. Not surprisingly, the results generated plenty of debate. And Tesla were quickly on the phone. Their engineers argued that we'd underestimated the real range. Even when they indicated range at zero, they said, there's still a safety buffer. And this buffer they reckoned. And Tesla would hit its EPA figures which are measured when the battery's spent. It sounded like a challenge. So we headed to a top secret test facility in the Mojave Desert to find out what happens when you run an EV to a stop. In this film, we're going to reveal the results and more importantly explain what they mean to you, the EV consumer. Here's our head of testing, Jonathan Elfalan, in the desert. JONATHAN ELFALAN: So we've gathered arguably the most important EVs of the moment. We've got the Ford Mustang Mach-E. We've got the Volkswagen ID.4. And we've got the Tesla Model 3. All three of them have been provided to us by their manufacturer. But we also brought along the Model 3 and the Model Y that we used in the original test because we own them. These are real cars that we paid real money for. We've plugged these cars in overnight. They sat on the chargers. They charged to full capacity at the same ambient temperature. And we've installed GPS base data loggers from industry experts Racelogic. And we're going to use those data loggers to accurately measure distance. We actually set the tire pressures overnight. We've allowed them to come to temperature. And now, we've aired them down to the exact specification from the manufacturer that appears on the door. We're basically running these cars to manufacture spec with full batteries. And this is basically the most controlled that you can get. And now, we're going to drive these cars all into they stop. [MUSIC PLAYING] So it's a 7.5-mile oval. And we're doing one hour driver stints. All the cars are going out in 30-second gaps. So they're running all at the same time. They're hitting all at the same time. For every single step, the car will be driven by a different driver so that it's not one driver in each car so that every driver or every car gets a fair shake at this. And by driving the cars at a constant 65 miles an hour up until they reach zero, everything is normalized. So it's a completely level playing field. [MUSIC PLAYING] ALISTAIR WEAVER: That's actually my wife's car. She's so pleased we're putting miles on the lease. When the indicated range is zero, all of our cars were running at 65 miles an hour. JONATHAN ELFALAN: I'm pulling off to the gravel right now. Volkswagen completely dead in the water. [MUSIC PLAYING] - Hey, look at that. It's playing a little dance song because your car stopped. And now you're stranded. Just reached 0 miles an hour. I'm at marker nine. ALISTAIR WEAVER: With the main batteries dead, each of the cars are for just enough power and that 12-volt batteries to get them onto the recovery truck. After all of that, we headed back to the office or at least our home offices and crunched the numbers. Here, we're going to give you the headlines. But if you want all the details, head to the article at edmunds.com/teslachallenge. First, we took a look at how long each car was able to sustain 65 miles an hour after their onboard computers registered to 0 miles of range. Jonathan, why 65 miles an hour? JONATHAN ELFALAN: Well, we picked 65 miles an hour because it's a safe highway speed. And if a vehicle isn't able to maintain that at a minimum, then it probably shouldn't be on the road at that point. ALISTAIR WEAVER: So should we get into the first results? Drumroll please. [DRUMS] So here we go. In reverse order, the Mach-E went an extra 5.8 miles. The ID.4 went 9.4 miles. The Model Y performance, 10.3, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, 12.6. And topping the list, the Model 3 Long Range, 22 miles. Then we looked at the total distance they traveled after it indicated zero until they literally ground to a halt. So here it goes. Mach-E, 7.3 miles. ID.4, 12.9. Model Y, 12.6. Model 3 Standard Range Plus, 17.6, Model 3 Long Range, 25.9. Well these results showed was a big disparity not only between the different brands, but even between the Teslas themselves. JONATHAN ELFALAN: Right. So the Model 3 Long Range in the test went over double the distance of the Model Y. Now, we're aware that age may play a factor here. Our Model Y performance has just over 10,000 miles on the odometer versus the Model 3 Long Range which is brand new. 400 miles was built just before the test. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Literally the week before, right? JONATHAN ELFALAN: Literally a week before the test. But to be honest, the size of the gap was still a little bit of a surprise. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Certainly was. Now, to give Tesla every chance of success, we decided to run a control test on our Edmunds EV Range Loop in Southern California. This time, we took along both the Model 3 Long Range that Tesla provided and our own Model Y Performance. We run both to the end of the battery life on real roads. This time, the Model Y managed 11 miles past 0. And the Model 3 long range, 17.3. But that's actually less than the results we achieved at the test track which was even more of a surprise, Jonathan. JONATHAN ELFALAN: Right, so our assumption was that a vehicle would consume more energy maintaining a speed of 65 miles an hour than it would to travel on city streets which would result in a shorter buffer or reserve range. So we put these results to Tesla. We said that the buffer is a combination of near past conditions and instantaneous conditions. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Which means, presumably, what's just happened and what's happening now if you're not an engineer. Right? JONATHAN ELFALAN: Correct. So for these reasons, a buffer cannot be determined to a number exactly every time. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Right, so there is no fixed buffer. JONATHAN ELFALAN: There's no fixed buffer. ALISTAIR WEAVER: In a Tesla. JONATHAN ELFALAN: No. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Got it. The other interesting thing about that Tesla, as well, though, then we reran our Model Y performance. We got exactly the same range figure as we did when we originally tested it last December. JONATHAN ELFALAN: Yeah, I mean, it was a nice validation of our methodology. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Right. So where does all this leave us? Well, let's go back to Tesla's original claim that we were underestimating the car's real range because we weren't including the buffer and that if we added the buffer, they would hit the EPA figures. So taking all our newfound knowledge, let's look at the Edmunds EV range table. So which Tesla is now hit the EPA range? JONATHAN ELFALAN: Well, the Model 3 Long Range and Model S performance I think we can safely say yes. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Model X Long Range, kind of a maybe? JONATHAN ELFALAN: Maybe, maybe not-- not sure. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I'm definitely no. JONATHAN ELFALAN: Model 3 Standard Range, Model 3 Performance, and the Model Y Performance-- definitely no. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Our conclusion is there for a bit-- yes, no, maybe. But then honestly, it's all a bit academic. In the real world, which is what we all really care about, you'd be crazy to tell your EV even within 10 miles of predicted range. Not only might you get stranded, but running to extremes can also do damage to your battery. JONATHAN ELFALAN: There's a reason why Tesla and other manufacturers recommend only charging to 90% or less on a regular basis. ALISTAIR WEAVER: The Edmunds EV range test is all about offering a useful real world alternative to the EPA's more laboratory-based approach. We don't pretend it's perfect. And if you live in a cold climate or drive aggressively, don't expect to match our figures. But it's based on the hundreds of thousands of miles we're now done in EVs. We do believe it's a good approximation of what you might hope to achieve in everyday life. The fact that most Teslas don't match their EPA rating in our tests, well, just about every other manufacturer comfortably exceeds theirs doesn't make a Tesla a bad choice-- far from it. But what it does tell you is that in such an emerging market, not everything is quite what it seems. And you can't just rely on the government figures. There's certainly much more to come from us on this subject. So if you want to follow the story, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and head to edmunds.com/range for all the latest test results. And, of course, comment below. I'm 100% sure that many of you will. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Electric Car Range | Edmunds' EV Range Super Test | Tesla Model Y & Model 3, Ford Mustang Mach-E


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$39,995
Battery & Range
EPA KWh/100 mi.: 35
Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): 7.5 hr.
EPA Electricity Range: 250 mi.
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 180.5 in. / Height: 64.4 in. / Width: 72.9 in.
Curb Weight: 4559 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 30.3 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite ID.4 safety features:

Adaptive Cruise Control
Maintains a driver-set distance between the Volkswagen and the car in front. It can also react to traffic signs and set speed.
Driver Attention Warning
Issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued and can slow the vehicle to a complete stop.
Forward Collision Mitigation
Warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios.


Volkswagen ID.4 vs. the competition

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2021 Tesla Model Y

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Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Tesla Model Y

While we like both the ID.4 and the Tesla Model Y, the two models don't have much overlap. The priciest ID.4 just crosses over into base Model Y territory, and the VW's 250-mile range doesn't match the Tesla's 300-plus miles on a single charge. The Tesla is quicker too. But if you're simply looking for an affordable and approachable EV, the ID.4 is likely the way to go. Read Edmunds' long-term test of the Tesla Model Y.

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Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a new favorite of ours. It provides an excellent blend of performance and style along with a quiet and spacious interior. Unfortunately, pricing quickly rises from the base trim level, especially if you're opting for desirable powertrain upgrades. Objectively, the Mach-E is one of our favorite EVs to drive, but the ID.4 is more budget-friendly.

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Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Hyundai Kona Electric

If the ID.4 seems a bit large for your taste, we recommend taking a look at the Kona Electric. It has less passenger space and cargo space, but in exchange it's sportier and more fun to drive. From bumper to bumper, the Kona is about 16 inches shorter than the ID.4. Both models come with an impressive collection of safety and technology features.

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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Impressions

What is the ID.4?

The 2021 ID.4 is the first U.S.-bound Volkswagen built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Note the key "ground up" part. Volkswagen's first U.S. market EV — the e-Golf — was a Golf hatchback with an electric motor and batteries instead of a gas powertrain. VW sold it from 2015 to 2019. VW says the ID.4 is optimized from the get-go for the best range, efficiency and interior space possible.

Marketed as an SUV, the ID.4 is smaller than VW's Tiguan small SUV. It's 4.6 inches shorter and 1.9 inches lower than the Tiguan. But its wheelbase, which is the measurement between the front and rear wheels, is only about an inch shorter than the Tiguan's. With the wheels pushed farther apart, the ID.4 has more space for passengers. In fact, it has nearly identical passenger accommodations as the Tiguan.

How does the ID.4 drive?

When the 2021 ID.4 first goes on sale in the spring of 2021 — pushed back from the original launch date of winter 2020 — through a VW reservation program, it will initially come with a single electric motor mounted at the rear axle and driving the rear wheels. The motor produces 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque.

The ID.4 is quick off the line, but that initial rush of acceleration falls off quicker than in other EVs. In Edmunds' testing, the ID.4 accelerated to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. For comparison, the Hyundai Kona Electric, while smaller and lighter than the ID.4, can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Still, if you're used to acceleration from, say, a regular gas-powered Toyota RAV4, the ID.4's acceleration will seem sporty in comparison.

With a curb weight of 4,699 pounds, the ID.4 is heavy when compared to a typical gasoline-powered small SUV. Some of that weight is masked by the floor-mounted location of the heavy battery pack. Pretty much every new EV uses this design to help lower its center of gravity, which thereby helps make the car feel more hunkered down when you're going around turns. Even so, the ID.4 doesn't feel especially sporty compared to other electric SUVs such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y.

Our test ID.4 stopped from 60 mph in 120 feet. That's an average distance for a small SUV, but the brakes take some time to get used to for routine around-town driving. The pedal effort is unsettlingly soft, and the mass of the ID.4 means you'll likely want to give yourself a bit more room than you may be used to.

Volkswagen will release an all-wheel-drive variant, with a second motor at the front axle, later in calendar year 2021. We think this will be the one to get since it increases total output to a more robust 302 hp.

How comfortable is the ID.4?

The test ID.4 we drove had the 12-way power-adjustable front seats. They provide a good amount of cushion and great range of adjustability. The massaging function for the driver's seat is also nice to have at this price point, though we'd prefer to get power seat ventilation if given a choice between the two.

Out on the road, the ID.4's longer wheelbase helps it deliver a smoother ride over its smaller EV competition. The cabin is also relatively well insulated against wind and road noise, and it's naturally absent of engine sonance.

The dual-zone climate controls are primarily touchscreen-based, though the touch-sensitive buttons below the screen offer quick access to temperature adjustments. Heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated mirrors are all standard.

How's the ID.4's interior?

The ID.4 cockpit is light on physical buttons or knobs. In fact, the only knob in the cabin is the drive selector that protrudes off the instrument panel, seemingly borrowed from BMW's electric i3 hatchback. There are pads with touch-sensitive simulated buttons throughout, which provide haptic feedback when pressed. If the idea of hunting around to press the right section of a touchpad seems too distracting, you can rely instead on natural voice controls. The ID.4 will be one of the only non-luxury cars with a voice recognition system that doesn't require a rigid command structure.

Though a pretty compact vehicle overall, the ID.4 has a pleasing amount of space inside. This is partially due to the versatile driver's seat. The 1st Edition model's seat is highly adjustable and even features a massage function using the lumbar support. The digital instrument panel moves with the steering wheel, so the information displayed is easily viewable no matter the wheel position.

The ID.4's cabin is also darn roomy. There's plenty of head- and legroom up front, even with the 1st Edition's panoramic sunroof. The back is also generous, with ample space in all directions and a flat floor that frees up additional real estate for a middle passenger. A pair of adult passengers are able to sit in tandem without making any compromises.

Some switchgear is obviously sourced from VW's corporate parts bin, but otherwise the ID.4's interior design is a departure for Volkswagen.

How's the ID.4's tech?

The ID.4 comes with all the tech features and driving aids you'd expect of a cutting-edge electric vehicle. A 10-inch or optional 12-inch touchscreen sits front and center and provides the majority of cabin controls. The larger screen even features gesture control, allowing you to perform certain commands by just swiping your hand in front of the screen. The system takes a while to boot up and some responses are on the slow side, but overall it performs well.

The standard suite of safety features includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure mitigation, automatic high-beam control, and front and rear parking sensors. In our testing we found that the adaptive cruise adjusts the vehicle's speed smoothly. The other driver aids work as promised and didn't issue any false warnings or detections during our testing.

You'll also get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a smattering of USB-C ports to keep all your gear charged. On the list of cool party tricks are configurable ambient lighting and the "ID. Light" — an LED strip below the windshield that illuminates in different colors to communicate to the driver. It can convey charging status while the ID.4 is plugged in, for instance, or provide another method for alerting the driver when one of the safety systems is triggered.

How's the ID.4's storage?

The ID.4 offers some neat interior storage areas, including a useful center space between the front seats with a removable cupholder tray. You can place the cupholder tray either in the space below the center stack or in the cubby just aft. That cubby is also concealable and houses a wireless phone charger and two of four USB-C charge ports. Though the ID.4 lacks a ton of raw storage space, the bins and cubbies that do exist are thoughtfully designed.

The rear cargo storage is very generous for the entry-level EV class at 30.3 cubic feet. (That's double what Tesla Model 3's trunk offers.) The rear seats are also split into 60/40 sections that fold forward with a center pass-through section, allowing some nice flexibility when dealing with longer items. The total cargo area expands to 64.2 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. This space is on the smaller end of the class if you're comparing it to what other compact SUVs, such as the Edmunds Top Rated Honda CR-V, offer. It should be noted that there is no front trunk as some EVs provide. 

How economical is the ID.4?

At the heart of the ID.4's powertrain is an 82-kWh battery pack mounted below the passenger compartment. The EPA estimates the ID.4 in rear-wheel-drive configuration will achieve 250 miles of range on a full charge.

As for efficiency, the EPA puts it at 35 kWh of electricity used for every 100 miles of driving. That's a little less efficient than rival EVs such as the Nissan Leaf Plus (31 kWh/100 miles) and the Hyundai Kona Electric (28 kWh/100 miles). Remember that with electric vehicles, the lower the kWh figure the better the efficiency.

Owners can expect to recoup up to 33 miles of range per hour of charging if they're recharging at home or using a Level 2 station. A full charge will take 7.5 hours, Volkswagen says. The ID.4 will also have DC fast-charging capability. To sweeten the deal, Volkswagen is also offering three years of complimentary DC fast charging at Electrify America stations. Using a 125-kW station, the ID.4 has the potential to recharge from 5% to 80% capacity in about 38 minutes.

What are the ID.4's trim levels?

The ID.4 will initially be offered in 1st Edition trim with a starting price of $45,190 (including destination), followed a few months later by the ID.4 Pro which starts at $41,190. The 1st Edition adds some unique badging, black exterior accents, a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, LED adaptive headlights, an illuminated grille emblem, the larger 12-inch touchscreen with gesture control, a white-trimmed interior, and a small hitch receiver with a tow capacity of 2,200 pounds.

The base ID.4 Pro standard feature highlights include DC fast-charging capability, a complete list of advanced safety features and driver assistants, a 10-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, fabric upholstery and a wireless charging pad. For an additional $4,500, the ID.4 Pro S trim adds most of the features found in the 1st Edition minus the white interior.

EdmundsEdmunds says

Other than its modest power specs, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has a lot to offer. With a roomy interior, thoughtful storage space and lots of cool technology features, the ID.4 has everything necessary to be a serious competitor. It's worth investigating if you're shopping for a well-rounded, practical and reasonably priced EV.


FAQ

Is the Volkswagen ID.4 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 ID.4 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Volkswagen ID.4 energy consumption, so it's important to know that the ID.4 gets an EPA-estimated 97 mpg-e. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the ID.4 has 30.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volkswagen ID.4. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4:

  • All-new all-electric SUV
  • About as much interior space as VW's Tiguan
  • An estimated range for rear-wheel-drive models of 250-260 miles
  • Kicks off the first generation of the ID.4 for 2021
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Is the Volkswagen ID.4 reliable?

To determine whether the Volkswagen ID.4 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the ID.4. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the ID.4's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 ID.4 and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 ID.4 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4?

The least-expensive 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $39,995.

Other versions include:

  • Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $39,995
  • AWD Pro 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $43,675
  • 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $43,995
  • Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $44,495
  • AWD Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) which starts at $48,175
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What are the different models of Volkswagen ID.4?

If you're interested in the Volkswagen ID.4, the next question is, which ID.4 model is right for you? ID.4 variants include Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD), AWD Pro 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD), and Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV (electric DD). For a full list of ID.4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Overview

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is offered in the following submodels: ID.4 SUV. Available styles include Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD), AWD Pro 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD), Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV (electric DD), and AWD Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD). Volkswagen ID.4 models are available with a undefined-liter electric engine, with output up to 302 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive. The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 ID.4 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 ID.4.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 ID.4 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Volkswagen ID.4?

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,190. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $597 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $597 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,593.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 1.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,870. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) is trending $652 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $652 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,218.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) is 1.5% below the MSRP.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,190. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $657 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $657 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,533.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 1.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 27 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,690. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $665 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $665 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $45,025.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 1.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 21 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD)

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $49,370. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) is trending $719 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $719 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $48,651.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro S (Statement) 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD) is 1.5% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Volkswagen ID.4s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 for sale near. There are currently 38 new 2021 ID.4s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $41,190 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $1,050 on a used or CPO 2021 ID.4 available from a dealership near you.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4?

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro 4dr SUV (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
97 compined MPG,
104 city MPG/89 highway MPG

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro 4dr SUV AWD (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition 4dr SUV (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
97 compined MPG,
104 city MPG/89 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG97
Transmission1-speed direct drive
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
DisplacementN/A
Passenger Volume130.2 cu.ft.
Wheelbase108.9 in.
Length180.5 in.
Width72.9 in.
Height64.4 in.
Curb Weight4559 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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