Volkswagen ID.4 GTX review
VW’s first attempt at a performance electric car handles well for a 2.2-tonne SUV and offers decent performance, but has the same infotainment issues as the regular ID.4
- Handles well
- Instant torque
- Good charging speed
- Confusing infotainment
- Not as fast as you'd hope
|Car type||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Electric||298 miles||12hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||34mins (10-80%, 125kW)|
Not only is the ID.4 GTX Volkswagen's first electric performance car, but it also marks the introduction of the GTX badge that’ll soon be on all the fastest zero-emissions cars the German brand offers. All signs are that an ID.3 GTX hot hatchback is on the way, but in the meantime the ID.4 GTX faces competition from faster variants of electric SUVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia EV6 and Tesla Model Y. So how does VW’s ‘high-performance’ electric SUV stack up?
From the outset, things are looking good. The ID.4 GTX features a dual-motor setup, with one on each axle, that combined produces 295bhp driving through all four wheels. With a 77kWh battery, it's effectively the same powertrain used in the top-of-the-range Audi Q4 50 e-tron quattro. And much like its Audi sibling, the ID.4 GTX will sprint from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and go on to a top speed of 111mph.
While it has two electric motors for all-wheel-drive capability, the ID.4 GTX is a rear-wheel-drive SUV most of the time; the front motor is only used when you need more traction or more performance. And despite weighing it at 2.2 tonnes – more than a long-wheelbase Mercedes S-Class – the car handles surprisingly well, even when you encounter tighter corners, thanks in part to the battery's weight sitting low in the body.
Overall, the ID.4 GTX is fun to drive, capable of delivering an instant hit of torque out of bends. It also turns in and changes direction better than the standard ID.4, and has more grip. But what about range? Does all that power and acceleration leave you needing a charge every few miles?
Well, official range is 298 miles, while our test car showed a maximum range of 224 on a full charge. Thankfully, the same 125kW rapid charging capability that higher-spec versions of the regular ID.4 get is standard, which means you can add 186 miles of range in just 30 minutes from a fast enough charger. If you recharge at home, it should take seven and a half hours using a typical wallbox.
While the GTX's charging capability is the same as the regular ID.4, styling is where the two differ. The GTX gets some sportier design cues, including new front and rear bumpers, a new rear diffuser and 20-inch alloy wheels. The chassis has also received some upgrades, including stiffer springs, firmer dampers and tweaked anti-roll bars. The GTX still has decent ride comfort, though, and the near-silent electric motors add another level of refinement to the performance SUV.
Inside, the GTX comes with stainless-steel pedals, sports seats with red stitching and a sports steering wheel, along with 30-colour ambient lighting and the same 5.3-inch digital driver’s display and 10-inch touchscreen with voice control you’ll find the regular ID.4 along. Unfortunately, the same confusing menu layout and occasionally tricky-to-use touch-sensitive interface are present, too.
Volkswagen has yet to confirm the price of its first electric performance car, but we expect it’ll cost in the region of £50,000 when it goes on sale in the UK later in 2021. Whether it’s worth that is up to you, but our initial impressions are good thanks to the GTX’s snappy acceleration and ability to handle its mass. As noted, however, it suffers from the same infotainment foibles as the regular ID.4, and despite its status as a performance electric car, it's beaten by a similarly priced company-car favourite – the Tesla Model 3 Long Range – in the sprint from 0-62mph.