Volkswagen ID.4 (2021) Review

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Volkswagen ID.4 (2021) At A Glance

+Electric SUV with Tesla-rivalling range.

-Only entry-level models qualify for plug-in car grant.

Insurance Groups are between 18–22

Following in the footsteps of the ID.3, the Volkswagen ID.4 is an electric SUV set to rival the Skoda Enyaq iV and Kia e-Niro.

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It's available in two key variants: 52kWh models (badged 'Pure') can travel up to 213 miles on a charge, while those with a 77kWh battery (Pure Performance) are capable of covering 323 miles.

There's a wide range of trim levels to choose from (from City to Max) and all are well-equipped as standard. Volkswagen's set to add a further model to the range in the form of the GTX – an electric GTI, if you like.

We've only driven the First Edition so far (with the Pure Performance battery pack) and found it to be a likeable car, with a superb ride quality. While it's not as exciting as some alternatives, it feels safe to drive and won't be daunting to anyone stepping out of a petrol or diesel car.

It's a very comfortable SUV with a spacious interior, including a generous boot. In fact, you could easily use the ID.4 as your main family car – not something that could be said for all electric vehicles.

Looking for a second opinon? Why not read heycar's Volkswagen ID.4 review.

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What's the best 4x4 electric estate car?
"We're looking for a medium-sized electric car with all-wheel drive and an estate bodystyle (to carry our large dog). Mileage needs are low (typically 50-60 miles per day). The Skoda Enyaq is a bit larger than we would like and I've read bad reviews of the ID.4's infotainment system. What do you suggest I buy?"
I don't think you'll find an electric car with four-wheel drive that's much smaller than the Enyaq. You could try the Audi Q4 e-tron – it's a more premium choice, based on the same platform as the Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4. Also consider the new Hyundai Ioniq 5. If you're willing to compromise on AWD, a Kia e-Niro could be a good option.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I need a spacious but compact family car - should I buy a hybrid or electric vehicle?
"I have Mercedes-Benz C-class Estate. I want to change it for an electric or hybrid car. I can probably downsize to something smaller than my current estate, but I need space for my dog or a set of golf clubs in the back. I have a budget of £50,000. What do you recommend?"
If you have a high annual mileage, I would go for a hybrid. The Mercedes-Benz C350e petrol-electric hybrid is available as an estate so it's perfect for the dog. It can travel short distances using battery power alone – so there's the potential to save a lot of money on petrol if you can charge the battery at home and rarely do long drives. On the other hand, having the petrol engine to fall back on means you're not going to be left hunting for a charger mid-journey. I'd also consider the BMW X5 xDrive 45e. It's also a petrol-electric hybrid but it has a longer electric range and its powerful six-cylinder petrol engine means it has loads of performance. If you fancy going down the pure-electric route, I would recommend the Volkswagen ID.4. It's smaller than your Mercedes but should have a similar amount of interior space. It was designed from the ground up to be electric so takes advantage of its compact motors to give you an interior that feels very light and airy. Top-of-the-range models also offer a range of more than 200 miles and lively performance.
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Which electric car is right for me?
"I have a BMW X1 automatic on a lease that expires this November. I would like to replace it with an electric car, which needs to be large enough to transport golf clubs and trolley, or take 3 passengers and have a range of 200+ miles. The car needs to be stylish. My husband says we should wait for at least a year to buy an electric car but I then have the problem of what to do when my lease ends. Any advice please including cars I should consider? I do not want a large car, something slightly smaller than the X1 would be preferable."
A Volkswagen ID.3 should have enough range and a big enough boot for your needs, also worth giving the larger ID.4 a look – it more closely matches the size of your X1. I'd also recommend the Kia Soul EV and the Hyundai Kona EV. Most small EVs – cars like the Mini Electric and the Honda e – won't have the boot space or range you need, however, it's worth checking out the Peugeot e-208, which has a long range for a small EV, though can't guarantee your kit will fit.
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We're changing our car next year. Should we go all-electric or hybrid?
"We're looking to change our current car (SEAT Ateca) next year and wondered whether to go all-electric or hybrid. Normally (out of lockdown) we would only do about 6 long journeys a year and weekly only about 6 short runs. We don't have a garage but do have a drive and somewhere to put a charging point. "
If most of your day-to-day driving is within the range of an EV and you can charge at home, it could be a good time to go electric. It probably depends on the length of your longer journeys and your willingness to get acquainted with the (flakey but improving) public charging infrastructure. The new Volkswagen ID.4, for example, has a range of 310 miles. This'll drop slightly in the real world, but if you can cover your long journeys with only one stop to charge, it won't be too much of a nuisance.
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