While the Volkswagen e-Golf, which was sold from 2015 to 2019, was the automaker’s first electric vehicle, the new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 SUV is the first electric model the manufacturer built from the ground up. VW says the ID.4 has been designed to deliver the greatest range, efficiency and cabin space. The company states the 2021 ID.4 has a range of up to 250 miles. Its SUV configuration and head-turning looks are sure to make it a popular EV at dealers like the Santa Cruz area Volkswagen dealership.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 slots beneath the larger Tiguan. It’s shorter by 4.6 inches, as well as 1.9 inches lower than its Tiguan sibling. While it’s smaller overall, it has nearly as much passenger space as the Tiguan. According to the Volkswagen dealer near Santa Cruz, the ID.4 is the first offering in a series of electric vehicles that will comprise a new ID sub-brand.
Consumer Reports writes: “As a compact SUV, the ID.4 will be entering the most popular segment in the U.S., and it could be well-poised to capture buyers who are ready to take the ‘electric plunge’ without being forced to first test the waters on a more expensive, luxury model. With a 250-mile estimated driving range and a relatively affordable starting price, the ID.4 looks ready to challenge other sporty SUVs, such as the Tesla Model Y and the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E.”
The 2021 ID.4 seats five passengers. The first models to arrive at Volkswagen dealerships will be powered by an electric motor that generates 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. The motor is mounted to the rear axle and drives the rear wheels. Volkswagen claims a zero-to-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds. Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 104 MPGe city/89 MPGe highway.*
An all-wheel-drive ID.4 model that develops 302 hp is expected later in 2021. The unique drive system will come in the form of a second electric motor attached to the front wheels, providing faster acceleration and the ability to distribute power where it’s needed.
The interior sports a contemporary design with ambient lighting, modern technology equipment and ample cargo space. The cabin design is neat and lively, with an accelerator and brake pedals that feature play and pause symbols. The ID.4 gets standard cloth seating, but the available Statement package comes with simulated leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory and a massage function.
Standard infotainment and connectivity features include navigation, voice recognition capability, a 5.3-inch reconfigurable digital gauge display, and a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen. Upgrade to the Statement package, and you’ll get a 12-inch display.
Safety features that come standard include lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode is optional.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.