Volkswagen ID.4 range, battery & charging
Decent range and rapid-charging capability mean the Volkswagen ID.4 is a practical electric car to own
|Range||Battery size||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|217-310 miles||52-77kWh||12hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||35mins (10-80%, 125kW)|
For now, the only model of the ID.4 that’s available is the First Edition, with a 77kWh battery. In the future, the ID.4 will also be offered with a smaller 52kWh battery, with a choice of either 146 or 168bhp power outputs. The 77kWh model has a rather more impressive 201bhp.
In the ID.3, the smaller Golf-sized model in the ID range, the models with smaller batteries take less time to charge, but naturally have less driving range as well. Expect them to be cheaper to buy when they arrive, too – so if you don’t do a lot of miles each week, they may be a better option. The ID.4 comes with a standard type 2 charging cable that’s six metres long. You have to pay extra for a three-pin plug – it’s £180.
Volkswagen ID.4 range
The range of the lesser ID.4 models that are on the way should start from around 217 miles, although the 77kWh model that’s available now has a more impressive range of 310 miles.
In our experience, we achieved around 235 miles of range in early spring weather – not optimal, but not the depths of winter, either. That figure would put it behind a Kia e-Niro’s real-world range, despite the fact that the Kia’s official figure is lower, at 282 miles.
You can top up quickly thanks to 125kW charging capacity. Find a fast enough charger 'in the wild' and you can add nearly 200 miles of range in just 30 minutes. The battery goes from 10-80 per cent in 35 minutes at this speed, too.
Upgrades to the motorway charging network are coming, which is good news for owners of the First Edition model that gets 125Kw charging as standard.
Using a home wallbox charger, you can take the battery from empty to full in 12 hours and 15 minutes, which is doable overnight.
In This Review
- 1VerdictVolkswagen's first electric family SUV is practical, spacious and great to drive
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingDecent range and rapid-charging capability mean the Volkswagen ID.4 is a practical electric car to own
- 3Running costsElectric power means fuel costs are low, and company-car tax rules mean the Volkswagen ID.4 is a very tempting business choice
- 4Electric motor, drive & performancePunchy electric motor delivers excellent performance and the ID.4 is relaxing to drive
- 5Interior & comfortInterior quality could be better, but the ID.4 is packed with the latest technology and is very well equipped
- 6Practicality & boot spaceA roomy interior and big boot means the ID.4 is a practical family car
- 7Reliability & safetyIt’s early days yet, but long service intervals and the simplicity of electric-car technology hint at good reliability