Execs: Affordable worth; extra passenger and cargo area than EV rivals; surprisingly deft dealing with; sturdy security scores; made in America
Cons: Nonetheless some irritating inside controls; some low cost inside supplies; slower to cost than some rivals
The 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 is a wise electrical SUV that’s roomy, good to drive and fairly priced. We like the inside design aesthetic, which is clear and attention-grabbing, with out an excessive amount of visible litter, whereas leaning into the quantity of passenger area it gives. Opening the doorways reveals a a lot bigger automobile than you see from the skin, and the spacious rear seating is nice for comfortably conveying full-grown grownup passengers or youngsters in cumbersome automotive seats.
Our largest criticism with the ID.4, although, has been about its inside controls — particularly a sluggish and clumsy infotainment system in addition to some irritating touch-sensitive sliders for issues just like the HVAC and audio quantity. For 2024, VW has mounted a few of that, by revising the infotainment with sooner software program and higher menu group, in addition to backlit illumination for a few of these sliders … however solely within the trims utilizing the bigger battery possibility. The extra funds minded ID.4s with the smaller battery nonetheless use the identical hair-pullingly aggravating tech. Nonetheless, we’re extra prone to suggest the ID.4 after these updates.
It is also a deal with to drive, with clean, easy acceleration and adept dealing with. It’s not as quick as different EVs, however nonetheless loads fast, and the big-battery fashions get much more energy and vary for 2024. It is available in rear- and all-wheel drive, so there are some choices for many who need to stability vary and functionality with funds. That mentioned, we’d suggest ponying up for the larger battery, not only for the elevated capability, however as a result of these are the variations with the quality-of-life updates we’ve been asking for because the ID.4 launched for the 2021 mannequin 12 months.
Inside & Expertise | Passenger & Cargo Area | Efficiency & Gas Financial system
What it is prefer to drive | Pricing & Trim Ranges | Crash Rankings & Security Options
What’s new for 2024?
For the 2024 mannequin 12 months, some important adjustments come to the model with the bigger, 82-kilowatt-hour battery. Each rear- and all-wheel-drive variants get extra energy because of a brand new rear motor shared with the upcoming ID.7 sedan. This bigger-battery model additionally will get a much-needed replace to the infotainment software program. There’s now a much bigger, 12.9-inch touchscreen (up from the 12-incher that carries over within the 62-kWh mannequin), in addition to newly illuminated contact sliders for quantity and temperature adjustment.
What are the ID.4 inside and in-car expertise like?
The ID.4’s cabin feels spacious and ethereal, particularly with the glass roof, whereas a few of the supplies, just like the properly coloured leatherettes, assist keep that contemporary feeling. It is an inviting area that feels smooth, fashionable and unencumbered. Some underlying plastic items are on a budget facet, particularly compared to rival EVs, however they’re not too distracting. Our largest gripe is with a few of the controls, notably the dearth of bodily buttons and knobs. The touch-sensitive local weather, quantity and menu controls are tough to make use of, and there aren’t devoted buttons for the rear home windows up entrance (it’s a must to faucet one other management to modify the 2 obtainable toggles between entrance and rear home windows).
Whereas the 62-kWh fashions nonetheless use the identical sluggish and poorly organized 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system as in 2023, the 82-kWh fashions see some important and welcome tech upgrades, beginning with a 12.9-inch show with sooner response and easier-to-use menus. It is extremely customizable, with a number of pages and layouts that may show your most well-liked functions and data. On the prime and backside are mounted operate bars. The decrease is a devoted local weather menu that is at all times accessible, and might have particular shortcuts added to it. The highest bar is customizable for shortcuts to your most well-liked apps and menus. We’re happy to report that the system is lastly fast and responsive. We’re additionally grateful for the illuminated contact slider controls that make a neater time of adjusting the temperature at evening, although we might nonetheless favor bodily buttons or knobs. Even illuminated touch-sensitive controls require your eyes to remember from the highway for too lengthy.
How large is the ID.4?
In the event you have a look at the specs, you may see the VW ID.4 is correct in the course of the compact crossover bunch. Nevertheless, its electrical structure makes it a Granny Smith in a basket of Galas. Sure, it is not so long as a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, as an example, however its wheelbase is significantly longer. That is greatest seen within the actually gigantic again seat. We have been in a position to match an unlimited rear-facing Britax Boulevard little one seat behind each the passenger and driver seat set for a 6-foot-3 driver. Meaning you possibly can match two rear-facing automotive seats within the again seat, a rarity, whereas additionally equating to palatial legroom for giant youngsters and adults. Heck, go forward and convey alongside a couple of basketball gamers.
Admittedly, the ID.4’s prime electrical rivals, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, have equally beneficiant passenger area on account of related architectural causes. Nevertheless, the VW is greater off the bottom and SUV-like making loading these youngsters into their automotive seats a bit simpler. VW additionally holds a decisive benefit by way of cargo capability. It has 30.2 cubic-feet of area behind its again seat, which lands it in the course of the compact SUV pack whereas blowing away the EV pack. In our ID.4 cargo space baggage take a look at, the ID.4 falls in need of mega-carriers just like the RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson hybrids, however simply swallowed extra stuff than the EV6, Ioniq 5 and Mustang Mach-E.
What are the ID.4 gas financial system, efficiency and electrical vary specs?
The ID.4 is obtainable with a alternative of batteries and both rear- or all-wheel drive, which alter how a lot efficiency and vary you get. The bottom ID.4 Commonplace comes with a 62-kWh battery and a single motor offering rear-wheel drive and 201 horsepower. VW nor the EPA have introduced vary for the 2024 fashions but, however the 2023 ID.4 Commonplace was rated at 209 miles on a full cost.
Transferring as much as the 82-kWh hour battery nets you a extra highly effective rear motor offering 282 horsepower. Choosing all-wheel drive provides a entrance motor and a complete system output of about 330 horsepower. Once more, we don’t know what the vary figures are as of this writing, however VW says it expects enhancements over final 12 months’s figures, which have been rated at 275 miles (RWD) and 255 miles (AWD).
So far as charging, the ID.4 doesn’t do it as rapidly as a few of its rivals (like Tesla, or the Hyundai/Kia E-GMP autos), however it’s not the slowest of the lot, both. The 62-kWh battery can cost at 140 kW, whereas the 82-kWh variations can do as much as 170 kW. Within the latter, VW states it will possibly cost from 10-80% in a couple of half hour. The ID.4 does benefit from the streamlined expertise of Plug & Cost at Electrify America stations. As for charging at residence or on a public Degree 2 charger, the ID.4’s 11-kW onboard charger means the 62-kW pack can absolutely cost in 6 hours, quarter-hour, whereas the larger pack takes 7.5 hours.
What is the ID.4 prefer to drive?
We haven’t had the prospect to extensively drive the 2024 ID.4 but, so we’re undecided how large of a distinction the additional energy within the 82-kWh fashions will make in apply. Within the 2023 mannequin, we have been impressed by the quick, clean and completely quiet energy supply. It wasn’t neck-snapping, however it nonetheless felt faster than most of its internal-combustion competitors. We’re curious to see if the fashions with further energy can assist shut the efficiency hole with a few of the extra highly effective EVs already on the highway.
As for its experience and dealing with, which ought to carry over from 2023, the ID.4 fairly clearly sprouted from the European department of the Volkswagen household tree that spawned the Golf relatively than the American one that includes the Tiguan and Taos. The experience is firmer and extra managed, and the steering extra quick and related in its responses (although nonetheless awfully numb). When mixed with its ultra-low middle of gravity and rear-wheel-drive structure, all of it quantities to a surprisingly enjoyable crossover to drive. We really loved flinging it round a mountain greater than the Mustang Mach-E, a end result that was simply as shocking to us.
That mentioned, the experience does allow you to really feel extra impacts from poor pavement, so some might lament the ID.4’s European really feel. There’s additionally numerous highway noise, and regardless of the brake pedal having a pure really feel to it, we want we did not have to make use of it a lot. The ID.4 does not present a heavy regenerative braking mode that permits for so-called one-pedal driving. It does have “B” mode that ends in braking whenever you elevate off the throttle, however the quantity is corresponding to the “low” modes of different EVs.
What different Volkswagen ID.4 critiques can I learn?
2021 Mustang Mach-E vs 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Comparability Check
We put the 2 long-range, rear-wheel-drive EVs face to face.
Volkswagen ID.4 Baggage Check | How a lot cargo area?
Positive, it is an EV, however it’s additionally an SUV. How does it do with SUV stuff?
2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Inside Evaluate: The nice and the irritating
We try the inside of the 2023 ID.4, admire its clutter-free setting, and observe our frustrations with a few of the controls (a few of which see enhancements for 2024, thoughts you).
2023 Volkswagen ID.4 First Drive Evaluate: One for the house crew
That is our first take a look at of the ID.4 as soon as VW introduced manufacturing to the USA and made some adjustments to it.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Drive Evaluate | A brand new electrical character for VW
Mainstream method appears proper, however will it get misplaced within the shuffle?
What’s the 2024 ID.4’s worth?
Volkswagen hasn’t launched pricing for the 2024 ID.4 but, however says it’s going to announce it nearer to manufacturing in early 2024. The ID.4 will proceed to be constructed at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which means it needs to be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit score.
Costs for the 2023 mannequin are as follows, together with the $1,295 vacation spot cost, however excluding the federal tax credit score:
- Commonplace: $38,790
- Professional: $43,790
- S: $43,790
- Professional S: $48,790
- AWD Professional S: $52,590
- Professional S Plus: $51,490
- AWD Professional S Plus: $55,290
What are the ID.4 security scores and driver help options?
The ID.4 has a full complement of normal active-safety options. These embody forward-collision warning with pedestrian and bicycle owner detection, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise management with stop-and-go functionality, lane-keeping help, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, road-sign recognition and parking sensors.
Third occasion security scores haven’t been up to date for the 2024 mannequin 12 months but, however we don’t count on them to vary from 2023. NHTSA gave the 2023 ID.4 an ideal 5 stars for total, frontal and facet crash safety, and a four-star rollover ranking. The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security named it a 2023 High Security Decide+ for its very best crash scores and sufficiently excessive scores for its headlights and automated emergency braking system.