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 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):
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
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