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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

Volkswagen ID.4
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
217-310 miles52-77kWh12hrs 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.

Charge time

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.

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