In many ways, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a key model in the German group’s strategy towards electrification. First of all, it is the brand’s best-selling electric vehicle. Then it was the first to be marketed worldwide (the ID.3 was initially only sold in Europe).
A generously sized SUV, it is the second model in the ID family, just behind the ID.3. It debuted on the market at the end of 2020 and was elected car of the year 2021beating another electric, the Honda and the world-famous Toyota Yaris Hybrid.
An “electric only” platform
THE Volkswagen ID.4 was born on the MEB platform that Volkswagen has developed in 2026 for its new family of electric cars. The ID.4 was anticipated by the concept ID. CROZZ which, along with the ID, defined the style of the brand’s electric cars and the technology behind the group’s zero-emission models that appeared in the following years.
The MEB platform has a modular structure and the capacity to accommodate batteries of different sizes. It can also serve as the basis for two-wheel drive models, with a single electric motor (usually rear-mounted), or four-wheel drive models, with an electric motor on each axle.
Volkswagen’s MEB platform
All the space you need
The Volkswagen ID.4 has a length of 4.58 meters a width of 1.85 meters and a height of 1.61 meters. Its regular shapes and sleek design make it imposing without weighing it down. A model designed to be efficient, its Cx has been taken care of by numerous details: the front air intakes, which direct the airflow, the door handles and the rear spoiler are a few examples.
Thanks to its electric character and its wheelbase 2.76 meters, it offers plenty of space on board for occupants and luggage. Inside, you are very comfortable, even in the back, thanks to the many centimetres available for the legs and head. The trunk offers a capacity of 543 liters, which increases to 1,575 liters when the second row is folded.
The restyled 2023 Volkswagen ID.4
The trunk has regular shapes and a good design with hooks, side compartments and a practical double bottom for storing charging cables.
- Length: 4.58 meters
- Width: 1.85 meters
- Height: 1.61 meters
- Wheelbase: 2.76 meters
- Chest : 543 to 1,575 liters
A completely revised powertrain
The ID.4 along with its SUV-coupe variant ID.5 accounted for the majority of Volkswagen’s EV sales, reaching over 223,000 registrations out of a total of 771,000 cars. In late 2023, the car received a major update which, rather than touching on styling in detail, brought a substantial technical overhaul.
One of the most important new features concerns the engines. The ID.4 was the first model to adopt the AP 550 units, which it shares with the ID.7. These are motors mounted on the rear axle which develop a power of 286 hp and one torque of 545 Nm (the previous ones stopped at 204 hp and 310 Nm). In four-wheel drive versions, the engine is associated with a second unit mounted on the front axle (this has not been improved), which brings the power of the system to 340 hp.
Besides the engines, Volkswagen has also worked on other aspects of the powertrain. For example, the battery charging power increased from 77 kWh to 175 kW for models with all-wheel drive and 135kW for rear-drive models. The German manufacturer has also worked on the energy management software, improving the overall efficiency of the drive system and, therefore, the autonomy. To improve charging, Volkswagen has also introduced battery pre-conditioning, which reduces the time spent at the charging station.
The function of pre-conditioning which brings the battery to an ideal temperature for recharging, can be managed automatically by the car via the navigation system, which also schedules stops, but can also be activated manually via the infotainment menu.
The new infotainment
Speaking of infotainment, the Volkswagen ID.4 received the new advanced voice assistant system with a 12.9-inch central touchscreen at the end of 2023 (previously it stopped at 10 inches). The user interface also changes, more intuitive and facilitating navigation between the different areas of the menu.
In the cabin there is now a 12.9-inch central touchscreen
The larger screen was also introduced by the decision to move the drive mode selector from the tunnel to the steering column. Below the central screen are new touch-sensitive buttons (now backlit) that control the climate control and radio volume.
Also new (but optional): an advanced head-up display with augmented reality, which projects more information than ever on the windshield, such as remaining range, average consumption and battery charge level.
Safety as standard
With the latest update, the ID.4 has also received an injection of technology on the front of the active safety. All versions are equipped as standard with cruise control, parking assistance, emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keeping assist, anti-slip braking when cornering, driver fatigue detection and traffic sign recognition.
Additional packages can be added on request, including Adaptive Cruise Control (which has also been improved), Travel Assist with emergency maneuvering assistance, reversing camera, Side Assist Plus with monitoring and shift alert track and the proactive passenger protection system.
The ID.4 is produced in Europe, China and the United States
Currently, the ID.4 is available with two battery sizes: 52 and 77 kWh. In the first case, only the 170 hp rear-wheel drive version can be chosen. In the second case, the offer is wider. There are rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive models with 286 hp and the GTX variant, at the top of the range, which, in addition to four-wheel drive, develops 340 hp.
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