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Volkswagen updates its sporty electric ‘GTX’ models

Who says you don’t get anything in life for free?

Because Volkswagen has just updated its all-electric ID.4 and ID.5 ‘GTX’ models to include a host of equipment as standard - kit that was previously a more expensive optional extra.

In case you’re not sure what the GTX models are all about, here’s a bit of a refresh.

The ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX are sportier, dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variants of their respective base SUVs.

Both models are underpinned by the same electric platform - a 77 kWh battery and considerable power of 299 PS. With the smaller ID.4 GTX, you can expect it to sprint from 0-62mph in just 6.3 seconds.

The ID.4 GTX gets a range of up to 310 miles between charges while the ID.5 GTX can go slightly further, at 318 miles before it needs to be plugged in again. Both leccy VW siblings can also support rapid charging of up to 135 kW. Still a tad unsure on the lingo? Read out guide to translate what kWh and kW really means.

Those fundamentals remain the same with this update. But what’s new is the amount of hardware on offer.

As standard, right out of the box, you can now enjoy a climate comfort windscreen, which features reflective material that repels infrared radiation and stops the cabin from heating up so rapidly in warm weather.

You also get tinted side and rear windows, heated front seats, a variable centre console, and an updated ‘Air Care Climatronic’ air-conditioning system, which works to filter-out harmful airborne nasties and also has better stationary air conditioning.

There’s also two USB connection points.

All of the above were once additional extras you had to pay a premium for - they’re all now equipped from the off.

Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales and Marketing for the VW ID. family, says: 

“The success of the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX confirms our strategy of positioning the GTX brand independently. We will continuously expand this brand and offer a GTX variant for every ID. model in future – from the ID.3 to the ID. Buzz.”

Both of the GTX models will appeal to lease customers who want ‘performance and everyday suitability’, according to VW.

There are two electric motors - one on the front axle, one on the rear - to provide the firm’s ‘4MOTION’ all-wheel-drive for optimum stability and traction.

And there’s clever software at play here, too.

A VW spokesperson explains: 

“The drive motor on the rear axle is often able to power the vehicle all by itself. As soon as the driver wants to shift to a sportier style or needs more traction, the asynchronous machine on the front axle is activated. This takes place in just a few fractions of a second and so smoothly that it is unnoticeable for the driver. Not only the powertrain, but also all braking, steering and chassis control systems are controlled by the vehicle dynamics manager, depending on the selected driving profile.”

You can also lease a regular VW ID.4 from Select Car Leasing from around £398 per month *at time of writing

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