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What should I be paying?

A quick reminder, then: you’ve two battery sizes, 52 and 77kWh. The smaller battery has 146 (badged Pure) or 168bhp (Pure Performance), the bigger one 172 (Pro) or 201bhp (Pro Performance) in rear-wheel drive guise, and 261 (Pro Performance 4Motion) or 295bhp (GTX) in all-wheel drive guise. 

Prices for the 52kWh battery start from £38,710 and the bigger 77kWh battery from £44,470, with the AWD variant starting from £47,910 and the range-topping GTX Max from £58,250. Ouch. 

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Still, that puts it at the cheaper end of the spectrum compared to its rivals, with - at time of writing - the Skoda Enyaq starting from £38,970, Hyundai Ioniq 5 £41,650, Audi Q4 e-tron £44,975, Kia EV6 £45,245, Polestar 2 £46,450, Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback £46,475, ID.5 (available exclusively with bigger 77kWh battery) £50,625, Tesla Model Y £51,990 and BMW iX3 £62,865.

What about trim levels?

At time of writing you’ve the choice of four: Life, Style, GTX and GTX Max.

Entry-level Life trim models get 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch with bigger battery), LED headlights, heated steering wheel and front seats, a 10-inch touchscreen system with wireless smartphone connectivity, and adaptive cruise control. One up Style trim models get auto headlights, keyless entry and start, panoramic glass roof, tinted rear windows, three-zone climate control and a rear-view camera.

GTX models meanwhile get 20-inch alloy wheels, a 12-inch infotainment display, head-up display and GTX detailing including red accents and badging. If you’re wanting to go all out GTX Max upgrades this with adaptive chassis control, a heat pump to warm the cabin with less battery drain, electrically operated tailgate with foot opening and close function, and 360-degree parking camera.

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How quickly does it charge?

Our ID.4 Pro Performance drew only an average of 50kW off a 350kW-capable charger going from 50-80 per cent charge. The spec says it'll pick up 199 miles of WLTP range in half an hour, but our test saw it gain only about 100 miles WLTP (80 miles real) in that time.

VW also has a charge roaming app so you can use chargers of many networks, with a single monthly bill. That reduces the need to sign up to dozens separately. Still, as with all other EVs, owners will almost always charge on AC at home overnight.

What's the best spec?

As is the way with most EVs, the smaller motored, bigger batteried version is arguably the pick of the bunch here, meaning Pro spec with 172bhp and 77kWh battery. You don’t need more in a family crossover.

Life trim probably has enough to appease most buyers, though Style trim slightly improves the ID.4’s rather bland image. Of the available options, it’s well worth considering the energy efficient heat pump, at £1,050. 

Warranty is three years and 60,000 miles, but the battery is eight years and 100,000 miles.

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