Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle for the U.S. market was the e-Golf. Sold between 2015 and 2019, this EV was built on the bones of the Golf hatchback. The new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 was designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle. Customers at the Seaside Volkswagen dealership are impressed by the ID. 4’s electric range, cabin space and efficiency.
The VW ID.4 is a compact crossover that’s smaller than the Tiguan but offers nearly as much passenger space. The ID.4 has an EPA-estimated range of 260 miles. To make the ID.4 an even more rewarding proposition, Volkswagen is including three years of complimentary fast charging at Electrify America stations. According to the Volkswagen dealer in Salinas, there are more than 2,500 recharging stations throughout the United States.
The 2021 ID.4 seats five passengers and comes in three trim levels: Pro, Pro S and 1st Edition. The ID.4 is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and runs on an 82-kWh battery pack. Rear-wheel-drive models are equipped with one electric motor that puts out 201 horsepower. All-wheel-drive models employ two motors, one that powers the front wheels and another that runs the rear wheels. This setup generates 302 hp. 1st Edition trim levels only come with rear-wheel drive. Towing capacity maxes out at 2,700 pounds.
Owners can charge the battery at home using 110-volt or 240-volt connections. The Volkswagen ID.4 can also make use of DC fast charging. The ID.4 can be charged from 5% to 80% in approximately 40 minutes at a public DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging,.
The automotive press is impressed with the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4. U.S. News & World Report writes:
“The all-new electric 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 offers loads of space and well-rounded performance... The ID.4 accelerates with confidence, and its handling manners range from breezy and comfortable to slightly sporty.”
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the ID.4 1st Edition and Pro S trims is rated at 104 MPGe city/89 MPGe highway.* As of this writing, the agency hasn’t tested the base pro model.
Standard features for the base 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 include 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, a digital gauge cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice controls, wireless device charging, and VW’s CarNet connection service with a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Standard driver-assist features include lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The optional Statement package comes with 12-way power front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a power tailgate, 30 ambient interior lighting colors, a panoramic glass roof, a 12-inch central touchscreen, and Sirius XM satellite radio. The available Gradient package includes the features just mentioned, plus 20-inch alloy wheels and two-tone exterior paint with a black roof.
* 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.