Hotly anticipated Volkswagen ID.4 arrives
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Hotly anticipated Volkswagen ID.4 arrives

In a nutshell:

  • VW ID.4 fully-electric SUV goes on sale in ‘1ST Edition’ trim only, for the time being
  • Comes loaded with interior bling and driver assistance tech, including Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Has a range of 310 miles between charges as well as a healthy 204 PS
  • Expected to arrive in dealerships from March

With an official range of 310 miles, Volkswagen's long-awaited ID.4 has finally gone on sale – and this is what you can expect from the first model available

In case you need to get up to speed, the ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first-ever fully-electric SUV, and which had its premiere back in October last year.

A big brother to the already released ID.3, the ID.4 features an electric motor with 204 PS, giving you solid performance and a range of up to 310 miles. 

While there will eventually be an entire range of ID.4s, the only model that’s up for grabs right now for the launch is the ‘1ST Edition’ - costing from £37,800 RRP OTR after the plug-in vehicle grant is applied.

And the good news for lease customers is that the 1ST Edition is more than temptingly-specced. Equipped as standard are 20-inch ‘Drammen’ alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, tinted rear windows, and a reversing camera. 

Inside, drivers will find ‘ArtVelours’ microfleece seats which – like the distinctive white steering wheel – are heated, as well as 30-colour ambient lighting, 10-inch infotainment display and VW’s Discover Pro navigation system. 

Another nice touch is the ‘ID. Light’, first seen on the ID.3, and which is a dynamic LED band that spans the width of the windscreen and which changes its pattern to match with things like navigation signals, battery charging status and driver assist technologies or the natural voice control. 

When it comes to safety, the 1ST Edition boasts Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist, and Lane Assist, with parking sensors front and rear. And you’ll be able to choose from four different paint jobs - Glacier White, Blue Dusk, Manganese Grey and Honey Yellow. 

This particular launch model has a range of 310 miles between charges - which is virtually on a par with the Nissan Ariya and the in-bound Tesla Model Y - though that distance is expected to increase as more models join the fray. 

There’s rapid charging compatibility of up to 125 kW, with the ability to add up to 199 miles of range in just 30 minutes. 

And the ID.4 should prove no slouch - with that 204 PS of power, 310 Nm of torque and rear-wheel-drive translating to a 0 to 62 mph sprint time of just 8.5 seconds. For added peace of mind, the electric SUV also comes with the Volkswagen brand’s high-voltage battery warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles.

ID. Family Product Manager at Volkswagen UK, Joe Laurence, said: “With the popularity of SUVs as high as ever, we are proud to be introducing our first all-electric contender in the form of the ID.4. Its external dimensions are similar to the Tiguan, but thanks to the MEB platform and the packaging benefits of an electric drivetrain it boasts even more interior space along with that all-important lofty driving position.

“The ID.4 is also our first electric vehicle that can be fitted with an optional tow bar, suitable for trailers weighing up to 1,000kg. This really is an incredibly practical car, and with the batteries mounted under the passenger compartment, it has a low centre of gravity which equips it with great driving dynamics and balanced handling. We know our customers are going to love it.”

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