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Volkswagen ID.4 range, battery & charging

Decent range and rapid-charging capability mean the Volkswagen ID.4 is a practical electric car to own

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

DrivetrainBattery sizeRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Pure / Pure Performance52kWh211-213 miles8hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)29mins (10-80%, 100kW)
Pro Performance77kWh316-317 miles12hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)34mins (10-80%, 125kW)

The ID.4 is now available with three powertrains: Pure, Pure Performance and Pro Performance. The entry-level Pure uses a 52kWh battery and a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 146bhp. The Pure is only available in the entry-level Life and Style trims, but those cars can be upgraded to the Pure Performance powertrain for £1,380.

For that, power increases to 168bhp, although you still get the same 52kWh battery and so roughly the same driving range. The rest of the ID.4 range (the Family and Max trim levels) uses the Pro Performance powertrain, combining a 77kWh battery with a 201bhp electric motor for an appealing (if rather expensive) blend of strong performance and long driving range.

Volkswagen ID.4 range

The ID.4 Life has a maximum range of 213 miles, while slightly larger wheels on the ID.4 Style take its total down to 211 miles – they both use the smaller 52kWh battery. The Family and Max models of the ID.4 have maximum ranges in and around 320 miles thanks to their larger 77kWh battery. We achieved around 235 miles with this battery in early spring weather – not optimal, but not the depths of winter, either. That figure puts the ID.4 behind a Kia e-Niro’s real-world range, despite the fact that the Kia’s official figure is lower, at 282 miles.

Charge time

You can top the ID.4 up quickly thanks to 100 or 125kW rapid charging capability, with the difference in battery size all but cancelling out the difference in total charging times across the various models. If you buy a model capable of charging at 125kW and can find a fast enough charger 'in the wild', you can add nearly 200 miles of range in just 30 minutes. Using a home wallbox charger, you can take the 77kWh battery from empty to full in 12 hours and 15 minutes, which is doable overnight. The 52kWh versions take eight-and-a-half hours to do the same.

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