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VW ID.4 revealed | First All Electric VW SUV comes with 323 miles

In a nutshell: VW ID.4

  • New VW ID.4 gets long-awaited world premiere.
  • Electric motor with 150 kW (204 PS), achieving a range of up to 323 miles.
  • Large vehicle interior, pioneering operating concept.
  • This is Volkswagen’s first fully electrically driven SUV generating zero local emissions and is produced with a ‘carbon-neutral balance’.

The entire motoring world’s eyes are on this, the new Volkswagen ID.4 - the German firm’s first ever electrified SUV.

And with a range of 323 miles combined with decent power and room for the entire family, you’d better believe the compact crossover market segment is sitting up and taking notice.

The ID.4 will, then, be a rival to the likes of the soon-to-be-launched Nissan Ariya and the incoming Tesla Y.

And it’s the big brother to the already-released VW ID.3.

The fully-electric ID.4 is described by VW as ‘sporty yet comfortable’. And underpinning the entire vehicle is the 77 kWh battery that generates 204 PS and directs the shunt to the rear wheels.

Not only does the ID.4 have a class-leading range of 323 miles - significantly more than the upcoming Nissan Ariya’s 310 mile range - it’s also quick off the mark.

The first 62mph is dispatched in 8.5 seconds and throttles on to a top speed of 160 km/h.

Meanwhile VW is also quick to point out that because the ID.4 enjoys ground clearance of 21cm, it will also perform well on ‘gentle off-road terrain’.

The ID.4 has ‘athletic proportions’, according to VW, and on range-topping models owners will enjoy interactive IQ.Light LED matrix headlights as well as 21 inch alloys. Normal LED lights are standard on base models.

The 4.58 metre-long ID.4 is also being pitched squarely at families, as it boasts plenty of room for passengers and luggage.

Depending on the rear seat backrest’s position, the luggage compartment boasts a capacity from 543 to 1,575 litres. The equipment range of the ID.4 also includes a family-friendly electrically-driven boot lid, roof railings and a towing bracket.

And VW is also making a big deal about the new operating system, based on two touchscreen displays - one of them 12 inches large - and a ‘Hello ID’ voice control.

There’s an augmented reality head-up display as an option while the ‘Discover Pro’ navigation system brings ‘We Connect Start’ online services on board, and allows you to update the vehicle remotely.

When it comes to charging, plug the ID.4 into a quick-charging station and you’ll get 80 per cent power in just around 30 minutes.

And a VW spokesperson adds: “Volkswagen is establishing an ecosystem of sustainable electric mobility surrounding ID. models. ID.4 customers will receive a vehicle that has been produced with a carbon-neutral balance. And if it is charged using sustainably produced electricity – like Volkswagen Naturstrom – it will remain carbon-neutral on the road too.”
Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen, adds: “The ID.4 is an emotional all-rounder which will impress many customers with its efficient electric drive, generous amount of space, modern assist systems and powerful design. As the first global electric car, this model will roll out our modular electric drive matrix platform that has been developed specifically for electric mobility the world over. Volkswagen is thus once again demonstrating its leading role in innovation, technology and quality on the high-volume market.”

The ID.4 is tipped to go on sale later this year priced from £45,800 before any government incentives.

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