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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 / Pro Performance77kWh316-317 miles12hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)34mins (10-80%, 125kW)

The ID.4 is now available with five powertrains: Pure, Pure Performance, Pro and Pro Performance (which are all rear-wheel-drive) and GTX, which is available exclusively with four-wheel-drive. 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 Life cars can be upgraded to the Pure Performance powertrain for £1,880 and Style cars for £1,380. For that, power increases to 168bhp, although you still get the same 52kWh battery and so roughly the same driving range. 

Life can also be specified with the Pro and Pro Performance powertrains, which are the only powertrains available on the Family ID.4 model, while Max is available exclusively with Pro Performance. Both powertrains use a 77kWh battery that offers a range of around 310 miles. Pro combines this with a 172bhp electric motor, while Pro Performance bumps power up to 201bhp for an appealing (if rather expensive) blend of strong performance and long driving range.

The GTX (which we’ve reviewed separately) comes with all-wheel-drive as standard. This has a range of around 290 to 300 miles, depending on the exact spec, and both GTX trim levels (GTX and GTX Max) have around 300bhp for even more performance.

Volkswagen ID.4 range

The entry-level ID.4 Life is the most versatile model in the line-up in some ways, as it has a maximum range of 213 miles with the 52kWh battery, while the 77kWh versions boosts that to nearly 320 miles. Slightly larger wheels with the sole 52kWh battery option on the ID.4 Style take its total down to 211 miles. The Family and Max models of the ID.4 have maximum ranges of around 319 miles as they’re exclusively available with the 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.

The high-spec GTX models come with the 77kWh battery, too, although range is lower than for other versions, at 290 to 300 miles between charges. This can be attributed to the all-wheel-drive powertrain, higher power output and added weight of the GTX’s additional standard equipment.

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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