The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 is making a comeback this year. A lot of improvements have been made to the new model, including the upgraded interior features and a 12” infotainment screen which now comes as a standard across all trims.
The starting price of the base trim has been reduced for the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 in order to make it more affordable. We really like the automated parking system of ID.4 with a sharp turning radius to help you in closed parking spaces.
Read on the detailed review of the new 2023 VW ID.4!
Volkswagen ID.4 Performance
The Best of VW ID.4
- The noise-proofing of the interior cabin is amazing.
- Volkswagen ID.4 offers plenty of cargo space.
- The range of upper trims is quite decent.
- A tight turning radius can help you in close garages.
The Worst of Volkswagen ID.4
- Base trims will feel very sluggish.
- Handling is not as responsive as it used to be.
- The interior uses low-quality plastic.
- The infotainment system of VW ID.4 is very outdated.
Volkswagen ID.4 Prices and Trims
To provide you with every possible combination of motor power, range, and battery specification, Volkswagen ID.4 is offered in at least seven different trim levels. The basic trims are Standard, Pro, and S. Then there are the mid-level trims called AWD Pro and Pro S. Finally, Pro S Plus and AWD Pro S are the top-of-the-line variants which also happen to be the most popular ones.
The price of basic Standard Trim starts at $39,997. After that, you have to pay $44,976, $45,174, $48,878, $49,941, and $52,373 for Pro, S, AWD Pro, Pro S, and Pro S Plus trims, respectively. The highest AWD Pro S trim can be bought for a price of $53,885. Upper and lower trims differ in the motor output and feature pack mainly. We’ll shed light on these differences further.
Motor Power, Performance, and Top Speed
Volkswagen ID.4 is not the fastest EV on the market. ID.4 comes with two different options for the electric motor. The single-motor version can produce up to 201 hp at a torque of 229 lb-ft. The rear-wheel drive VW ID.4 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. Single-motor variants have a maximum load towing capacity of up to 2,200 lbs.
The dual-motor variant of Volkswagen ID.4 comes with an all-wheel drive powertrain. The power output of the dual-motor configuration can go up to 295 hp with a maximum towing capacity of 2,700 lbs. The acceleration and power delivery of all-wheel drive trims is much better in comparison to the rear-wheel option. It can breach the 60 mph mark in less than 5.4 seconds.
Although all-wheel drive trim provides better acceleration, Volkswagen ID.4 lacks the quotient of quirky acceleration we would expect from an electric SUV. The top speed of RWD and AWD ID.4 is also very average. The RWD variant tops at 100 mph, whereas the AWD variant can reach a top speed of up to 112 mph. There is ample room for improvement in this area.
Volkswagen ID.4 Range and MPGe
VW ID.4 is expected to give a driving range of up to 208 miles on a 58 kWh battery pack. You can opt for a 77 kWh battery pack to extend the range up to 275 miles. The range of Volkswagen ID.4 is decent, but it is behind the likes of the Tesla Model Y and Kia EV6. They have a range of 330 miles and 310 miles, respectively.
It is observed that all-wheel drive trims of Volkswagen ID.4 will give better MPGe as compared to the rear-wheel drive variants using the same battery pack. While driving on a highway at a speed of 75 mph constantly, VW ID.4 rear-wheel drive gave a range of 190 miles with an estimated MPGe of 80.
On the other hand, when Volkswagen ID.4 with AWD drivetrain was tested on a highway. Under similar conditions, it went more than 200 miles. The highway MPGe of AWD ID.4 was over 88, while in the city, the MPGe figure would go up to 103. This goes on to show that AWD drivetrain is more efficient as compared to rear-wheel drive.
Battery Size and Charging Time
Volkswagen ID.4 comes with a standard lithium-ion battery pack of 58 kWh. However, there is an option to upgrade this battery pack to 77 kWh in order to increase the range by 67 miles. Obviously, there is also a downside of adding to the curb weight of your VW ID.4.
The slowest and most basic method of charging your Volkswagen ID.4 is at home. You can add approximately 6 miles of driving range using a single-phase wall plug with 2.3 kW AC power. In total, it would take somewhere between 24-28 hours to charge the battery pack up to 80%. It is important to note that charging the first 80% takes nearly 60% of the total time to charge a battery.
At a Level-II charging station, you can charge your Volkswagen ID.4 in about 7.5 hours. It is good to know that the ID.4 supports DC fast charging as well. The maximum DC charge power is capped at 118 kW. At this rate, you can add up to 320 miles range per hour. But in order to get to 80%, it should take you no more than 33 minutes.
Interior Design and Cargo Space
The interior of Volkswagen ID.4 is pretty basic, with a bunch of high-tech features. You are greeted with a 12” infotainment touchscreen panel backed by a 7-speaker sound system. Smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link is standard. The 6-way manually adjustable front seats come with a heating feature.
Volkswagen ID.4 has one of the most versatile cargo spaces for an SUV. Behind the third seating row, there is 30.3 cubic feet of space. The rear seats come with a 60/40 split. You can extend the cargo space up to 64.2 cubic feet by folding the rear seats. In addition to that, there is plenty of leg, head, and hip room for all three seating rows.
Volkswagen ID.4 Exterior and Dimensions
The exterior of Volkswagen ID.4 has been kept very sleek and minimalistic same as most other Volkswagen SUVs. VW ID.4 has been made from fully galvanized steel panels, so there is no risk of catching any rust. Automatic high beams and LED brake lights, along with deep tinted glass, add a lot of character to the exterior of Volkswagen ID.4.
Volkswagen ID.4 is laced with 19 x 8-inch wheels and all-season tires. The wheelbase extends up to 108.9 inches, while the length, width, and height of VW ID.4 are 180.5, 72.9, and 65.1 inches, respectively. The curb weight of Volkswagen ID.4 is around 4,788 lbs with a smaller battery pack. If you choose to get a large battery pack, the weight will increase accordingly.
Braking and Handling
The braking power of the new Volkswagen ID.4 has been improved in comparison to previous models. ID.4 is equipped with regenerative disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear side. According to Edmunds, a user tested the braking distance of Volkswagen ID.4 on a flat surface. He was able to bring his SUV to a full stop under a distance of 122 ft.
Similarly, the handling experience of the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 is slightly different from the previous version. The steering response of 2023 ID.4 has been optimized to eliminate the possibility of oversteering. The SUV isn’t as fun to drive as it used to be, but this also means that it is safer than before. For safety reasons, still, you cannot fully disable the stability control system.
Convenience and Safety Features
Let’s talk about safety first. Volkswagen has always been a brand to prioritize safety. The sturdy yet flexible design has enabled Volkswagen ID.4 to earn a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes with at least six airbags and side-impact beams embedded in the chassis to provide extra protection in case of an accident.
Volkswagen ID.4 was tested for all three categories of frontal crash, side crash, and rollover. During a head-on collision between two VW ID.4 SUVs, the vehicle exhibited an excellent level of driver and passenger safety. Same was the case with the side barrier and utility pole crash. The five-star rating shows that Volkswagen ID.4 is completely safe to drive.
Volkswagen spares no expense to enhance the riding experience. Features such as cruise control, VW car-net safe, tracker system, assisted lane changing, electronic stability control, side impact beams, blind spot assist, and collision mitigation come standard on Volkswagen ID.4.
Final Verdict: Should You Buy Volkswagen ID.4
The new 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 is much better in comparison to its predecessor, and on top of that, the starting price has been reduced to attract more customers. However, if you’re in the market for an electric SUV, there are quite a few options for you.
For example, you can consider the champion of electric SUVs Hyundai Ioniq 5, or you can also opt for a Tesla Model Y, which might not offer as generous cargo space, but it surely has better range and power delivery than Volkswagen ID.4.
What do you like the most about the all-new 2023 VW ID.4? Would you like to buy it? Let us know in the comments below.