Volkswagen ID.4 range, battery & charging
Decent range and rapid-charging capability mean the Volkswagen ID.4 is a practical electric car to own
|Drivetrain||Battery size||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Pure / Pure Performance||52kWh||211-213 miles||8hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||29mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
|Pro Performance||77kWh||316-317 miles||12hrs 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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictVolkswagen's first electric family SUV is practical, spacious, good value 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 costs & insuranceElectric power means fuel costs are low, and company-car tax rules mean the Volkswagen ID.4 is a very tempting business choice
- 4Performance, motor & drivePunchy electric motors deliver excellent performance, but the ID.4 can be very relaxing to drive, too
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortInterior quality could be better, but the ID.4 is packed with the latest technology and is very well equipped
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityA roomy interior and big boot means the ID.4 is a practical family car
- 7Reliability & safety ratingIt’s early days yet, but long service intervals and the simplicity of electric-car technology hint at good reliability for the ID.4