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 / Pro Performance||77kWh||316-317 miles||12hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||34mins (10-80%, 125kW)|
The ID.4 is now available with five powertrains: Pure, Pure Performance, Pro (which are all rear-wheel-drive), Pro Performance (rear or four-wheel drive) and GTX, which is available exclusively with four-wheeldrive. 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.
These trim levels can also be specified with the Pro and Pro Performance powertrains. Both 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 ID.4 has a maximum range of 213 miles with the 52kWh battery (211 for the Style trim), while the 77kWh versions boosts that to nearly 320 miles. 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 Niro EV’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.
You can top the ID.4 up quickly thanks to 100 or 135kW 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 135kW 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 mostly 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