Electrification in Volkswagen started years ago but the new 2021 VW ID.4 finally looks like a model that could become a bestseller. The brand-new crossover is a part of the company’s new ID line, which will include a plethora of electric models in the future. It will compete in the compact segment and the company promises more than respectable range and performances.
Besides respectable specs, you may also count on typical VW quality. The overall design resembles some other models from the brand a lot, while the cubby interior promises a lot of practicality. Finally, there is the price, which will be quite attractive for a vehicle of this size and quality. The new model will hit the market by the end of the year.
2021 VW ID.4 Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, this is a typical compact crossover. It features a 0.9 inches shorter wheelbase than Tiguan, which puts it in the middle of the segment in terms of size. Although it borrows some parts from the popular crossover, the 2021 VW ID.4 is actually based on the company’s new MEB platform, developed especially for electric vehicles.
Visually, you can notice VW’s traditionally conservative approach. Although there are numerous details at the front that accentuate the model’s all-electric character, this is still a typical Volkswagen, with a little bit dull overall layout. The overall shape and style are somewhere between hatchback and crossover. This model is two inches lower than the Tiguan, so it rather looks like a Golf with higher clearance.
On the inside, there are numerous futuristic details and the first thing that comes to mind is digitalization. There are almost no physical controls on the inside. Even the gear shifter is integrated into the screen, so all you need to do is to twist up to go forward and twist down to go back. Still, the park mode has a separate button. The instrument cluster is completely digital, while the base model comes with a 10-inch infotainment screen. Higher trim levels utilize a bigger 12-inch unit.
Besides plenty of tech features, this crossover also offers a decent level of practicality. There is plenty of room in both rows of seats, while the cargo area seems decent as well. You may count on about 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while the total cargo volume goes up to 64 cubic feet.
2021 VW ID.4 Drivetrain, Performances and Range
The initial version will come with just one electric motor, mounted on the rear axle. This motor delivers around 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque, which should be enough to satisfy most drivers. Those more demanding drivers may count on a version with the additional electric motor at the front, which adds around 100 horses. The total output goes up to 302 horsepower, so you may count on much quicker acceleration and overall dynamics. This version will also be able to tow around 2.700 pounds.
The 2021 VW ID.4 will feature regenerative braking, while the max range will probably go around 250 miles, thanks to an 82-kWh battery pack. That’s a quite respectable number for the class, which puts this model on par with crossovers like Hyundai Kona EV. Of course, you may count on all kinds of charging options, including a fast DC charger.
2021 VW ID.4 Release Date and Price
First models will hit the market by the end of the year, while other variants will join the lineup during 2021. The 1st Edition is the first to come and it will go around 45.000 dollars. Future base models will go around $41.200.