There are two approaches to creating electric vehicles. Most automakers simply adapt existing gasoline models by removing the engine and substituting an electric motor and battery packs. Volkswagen chose the other route, which is to design a compact electric SUV from the ground up. According to the Volkswagen dealership of San Bernardino, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is perfectly positioned to fill the space between small electric cars and expensive electric SUVs sold by luxury brands.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 was designed to offer buyers the most interior space and the best electric range. The ID4’s EPA-estimated range of 250 to 260 miles is sufficient for most drivers. The folks at the San Bernardino Volkswagen dealership tell us that VW is providing ID.4 buyers with three years of free fast charging services at Electrify America stations.
The VW ID.4 may be small, but it’s surprisingly spacious. While it’s 4.6 inches smaller and 1.9 inches lower than the Volkswagen Tiguan, it provides passengers with almost the same amount of passenger space.
Motor Trend gave the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 high praise, writing:
“We came away impressed by the 2021 Volkswagen ID4, an electric SUV with one set of tires in the present and one in the future. It’s good fun to drive, novel but not baffling, and most important, a reasonably practical SUV. If this is what mainstream EVs will be like in the not-too-distant future, then the future might not be as dark as you think.”
The five-seat 2021 ID.4 is available in two models: 1st Edition and Pro. The first models to arrive at dealerships will feature an electric motor that generates 201 horses and 228 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is mounted on the rear axle and sends power to the rear wheels. Volkswagen states that this motor will give the ID.4 a zero-to-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds, while delivering an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 104 MPGe city/89 MPGe highway.*
An upcoming VW ID.4 model will feature all-wheel drive in the form of a second motor mounted on the front wheels. This model will produce 302 hp, provide quicker acceleration, and send power to the wheels that need it most.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, heated washer nozzles, rain-sensing wipers, a wireless smartphone charger, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-inch touchscreen, and a navigation system.
Buyers can choose the available Statement package, which features leatherette upholstery, 12-way power front seats, a power tailgate, a panoramic glass roof, 30 ambient interior lighting colors, Sirius XM satellite radio, and a 12-inch central touchscreen. The optional Gradient package starts with the features of the Statement package and adds 20-inch alloys and two-tone paint with a black roof.
Safety features that come standard include lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
* 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.