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The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV

VW’s second ‘ID’ model claims up to 323 miles of range

Published: 23 Sep 2020

Welcome to Volkswagen’s first crack at an all-electric SUV. It’s called the ID.4 and if the shape of it looks strangely familiar, it’s because the VW shares much with the recently revealed Skoda Enyaq iV.

Like the Skoda and ID.3, the ID.4 sits on the VW Group’s MEB platform for electric cars. It seats five and at 4,584mm long, 1,852mm wide and 1,612mm high, is actually a wee bit smaller than the Enyaq. In VW terms it’s longer than a Tiguan (but shorter than the seven-seat Allspace), about as wide and a little lower. The boot is 543-litres with the seats up or 1,575-litres with them folded – a Tiguan gives 615-litres and 1,655-litres respectively.

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Early ID.4s will all be built to the same technical spec – a single e-motor making 201bhp drives the rear wheels and draws power from a 77kWh battery (that weighs almost half a tonne) mounted under the floor.

Claimed range is up to 323 miles, 0-62mph takes 8.5 seconds and the top speed is pegged at 100mph. The max charging rate is 125kW, giving around 200 miles in 30 minutes. We’re told a “top-of-the-range model with even more power and all-wheel drive” is coming later, as well as a cheaper entry-level car with a smaller battery and less range. 

The interior closely resembles the ID.3’s. Few buttons (even the ‘buttons’ on the steering wheel are touch-sensitive), big touchscreen and the same BMW i3-style gear-selector mounted on the steering column. How does it work in practice? Click here to read our review of the ID.3.

The ID.4 goes on sale later this year, and just like with the ID.3 the first cars in the UK will all be ‘1st Edition' spec. No UK prices yet, but Germans will have to pay just shy of €50,000 (£46,000).

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Like the look of the ID.4 better than the Skoda? Or will you wait for the Tesla Model Y?

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