First VW EV crossover set to debut later this month
Early driving impressions of ID.4
The Volkswagen ID.4 isn’t set to be revealed until later this month, but a German journalist has already gotten hold of the electric crossover and is showing off what it can do both on-road and off.
Thomas Geiger is one of the big names in automotive journalism in that country, so Volkswagen gave him one of the first media goes in the EV. He drove it at VW’s Ehra-Lessien test centre and gives us the scoop for Nextmove.
Starting on VW’s off-road rally course, with rear-drive, he says it’s fine for fields, trails, and light water. 204 hp driving those back tires, letting it hit 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds. The fun shuts off at a limited 160 km/h. All wheel drive comes next year with another motor in the front making the total 300 hp.
52 kWh and 77 kWh batteries to start mean a range of 350 km or 520 km on the more optimistic WLTP scale. It can charge at 100 or 125 kW, though we should be clear all of these are early-access and European figures so they are subject to change.
Geiger says the ID.4 is shorter than the Tesla Model Y, but offers more space inside. It doesn’t offer a third row, but he says that if it did, it would be much larger than Tesla’s. Instead, it gets 600L of storage space, about 2/3rds of a Tiguan and 200 L more than a T-Roc.
There’s also a good look at the working of the interior we first saw revealed this morning including the simplified gauge cluster and info display. Geiger says that while the ID.3 is cheap on the inside for a VW, the 4 is more of what buyers are expecting in material quality.
In the video, we also see the outside, minus a few bits of camouflage on the headlights. It’s not a very traditional shape with all those curves, but it looks quite handsome, and, dare we say, a little Beetly.
Expect the full reveal of the ID.4 the 23rd and deliveries sometime next year. And yes, make sure the subtitles are on.