Wednesday, November 1, 2023

2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Dual Motor Pro S AWD: The Brand’s Entry-Level EV Crossover

Highlight: The ID.4 is available in a rear wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configuration.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $54,090 (Base Model- Single Motor RWD): $40,290

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; AWD; front fog light; adaptive cornering front lighting system; a radar activated cruise control system; a lane assist system; an emergency assist system; an electronic blind spot monitor; a rear camera; and heated front washer nozzles; an automatic brake hold feature; and a compact spare tire; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (SE R-Line): 18-inch wheels; 7 speed automatic transmission; a start/stop engine; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a leather wrapped steering wheel; heated steering wheel; heated front seats; power front seats; leather like seating area; a lip spoiler; power trunk (open/close); a keyless entry system; a push button ignition system; wireless charging compatible for all devices; and twin chrome exhaust pipes

Options: none

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: an 8-speaker audio system with and AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM radio

Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard

USB Connectivity: Standard

Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles

Battery Warranty: 8 years/100,000 miles

Standard Horsepower: 145-hp, 201-hp or 295-hp (Depending on trim)

Driving Range: 209, 255 or 275 miles (Depending on motor size)

Towing Capacity:  2,200 lbs to 2,700 lbs (Depending on motor size)

What’s New: For the 2023 model year, VW has made a host of changes to make its first all-electric vehicle more affordable. The ID.4 is now available with a smaller 62 kWh engine which significantly lowers the price point and decreases the driving range. Also a new 12-inch infotainment screen and parking plus system is standard too.

Why (Test Model):

Sexy design

Available in a RWD or AWD configuration

Driving mile ranges varies from 209 to 275, depending on trim

Higher level trims offer more horsepower and a larger motor

A new smaller motor offers a lower MSRP price

Three motors available


A heated steering wheel

Rides like a luxury vehicle

Power sunshade

Vehicle ignition starter is programmed to turn on and off automatically, when entering or exiting vehicle

Automatic parking system is standard

A new touchscreen 12-inch infotainment 

Qualifies for the $7,500 tax IRA federal lease credit


No automatic brake hold feature, which was once a trademark for the VW brand

Takes a moment to understand how to operate the infotainment system (eg. turning the ventilation system off and on)

Quirky design for power rear window control from the driver’s seat

Limited rear visibility due to integrated rear center integrated headrest

Where did this name derive from? Why not a simple name?


The ID.4, which is currently VW’s only electric vehicle, is available in a rear wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configuration. Depending upon the trim one selects, this determines the motor size, the horsepower and the driving range.

VW’s roomy compact crossover is available in several trims: Pro, Pro S and Pro S Plus.  Each trim is available with the single or dual mode motor, depending upon if it’s a rear wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configured vehicle. Based on the configuration of the vehicle it could impact the driving range and horsepower.

Our higher end ID.4, which was outfitted with a dual motor engine, had the ride quality of a premium class vehicle. While we really liked the vehicle, two of the drawbacks was mastering the infotainment center, which controlled such features as the ventilation system, to the quirky design of the rear window switch. VW engineering team didn’t keep the American car market in mind when creating some of the basic operational features, making them more complicated than needed.

Overall, at a starting price of approximately $40,000, before the $7,500 federal tax lease credit kicks in, VW has lowered the price of entry for the 2023 model year, making the ID.4 more attainable for buying seeking a fully electric vehicle.

Competition: Ford Mustang Mach-E and Nissan Ariya

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