Volkswagen ID.4 Review 2023
Volkswagen ID.4 At A Glance
The Volkswagen ID.4 is a stylish and competent electric SUV that rivals the Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. It's not the most exciting choice, while the very similar Skoda Enyaq iV arguably does more for less – but, in typical VW form, the ID.4 is a convincing all-rounder and a strong introduction to electric cars.
Rather than sticking to a simple line-up, the Volkswagen ID.4 attempts to cater for every buyer. The range starts with the basic ID.4 Life (which doesn't even have alloy wheels) and builds all the way up to the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX (a sporty electric GTI, if you like, with a price tag that pitches it against premium alternatives like the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Audi Q4 e-tron).
There are two battery sizes available: 52kWh and 77kWh. Don't dismiss the smaller battery straight away – it still has a range of up to 213 miles, which will be more than sufficient for a lot of buyers. A rapid charger will add nearly 140 miles of range in around half an hour, too, so it'll be perfectly useable for longer journeys.
If you regularly venture further afield, though, you'll want to look at the 77kWh ID.4 with its range of up to 322 miles. This is available in two forms: the Pro Performance, with a single electric motor providing 204PS, or the twin-motor (and therefore four-wheel-drive) ID.4 GTX. This is quickest ID.4 on the bunch, accelerating to 62mph in a pretty sharpish 6.2 seconds.
If you're in the market for an electric SUV that's fun to drive, you'd be better looking elsewhere. But the Volkswagen ID.4 does an excellent job of not feeling too weird – you can just drive it like any other car, albeit a very refined and efficient one.
That's mirrored by the relatively conventional cabin, too, although Volkswagen's tried the minimalist approach by fitting a large touchscreen display as standard along with annoying touch-sensitive controls for the air conditioning. It's a real weak point of the Volkswagen ID.4 – it's just not very user-friendly, but at least Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
The spacious cabin is very user-friendly, though, even if it lacks the sliding rear seats of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. It's obviously more spacious than the smaller Volkswagen ID.3, while a completely flat floor and a heap of useful stowage areas makes the ID.4 a very versatile family SUV.
Volkswagen ID.4 prices start from around £36,500, while top-spec models are more than £55,000. It represents reasonably good value, especially when you factor in running cost savings compared to a conventional SUV like the Volkswagen Tiguan.