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2024 VW ID.4 Changes, Range, & Price – The Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, which will go on sale in 2024, will be the company’s first mass-market electric vehicle. It will enable customers to make the transition from vehicles powered by internal combustion engines since it will combine usability, comfort, and a sufficient driving range. We simply wish that it had a more lighthearted personality while it was driving. Models with rear-wheel drive come standard with one motor and 201 horsepower; customers who choose all-wheel drive get two motors, bringing the total power output to 295 horsepower.
The minimum range for a single charge is around 208 miles, while the maximum range per charge is approximately 275 miles; however, the basic Standard trim, which is less expensive, matches its more enticing price tag with a smaller battery that only provides approximately 208 miles of range. The ID.4’s DC fast-charging capabilities, which are included as standard, enable topping up your battery at one of the many public charging stations a rather painless and speedy process.
In preparation for the 2024 model year, Volkswagen has shifted the manufacture of the ID.4 destined for the American market to its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The entry-level Standard model was added to the roster this year with an appealing base price; but, it has a smaller battery pack that has a capacity of just 58 kWh and comes with an estimated driving range of 208 miles. Also brand new to the ID.4 family is the poshest trim level, the Pro S Plus, which adds luxury options such as heated rear seats, an automated climate control system with three zones, one-of-a-kind 20-inch wheels, and a premium audio system.
All versions now come standard with the bigger 12.0-inch touchscreen display, which was offered as an option in the previous model year. Additionally, Volkswagen has sprinkled in various subtle aesthetic updates, such as gloss black exterior trim, new wheel designs, and adjustments to the paint colors that are available. New interior upholstery choices have been added, and Pro S variants now feature illuminated Volkswagen insignia on the front and rear of the vehicle. The center console has also undergone a minor change.
Although the new Standard model has the most attractive price tag, we recommend going with the more advanced Pro version since it will help you get the most out of the ID.4’s battery life and enable you to take advantage of DC fast charging at public charging points. The upgrade to the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive engine that is an available option is well worth it since it not only increases the amount of horsepower but also enhances performance.
Given that the majority of the changes made to the 2023 ID4 are either aesthetic or have a small influence on performance, our experiences behind the wheel aren’t all that dissimilar to those we’ve had with earlier ID4 models that we’ve evaluated. In other words, the ID4 provides a ride that is quite pleasant and smooth, has decent acceleration and precise handling, and comes in a nice package with a ton of standard goodies. It is reasonable to conclude that the dual-motor all-wheel-drive system that comes standard on the ID4 is designed primarily for traversing gravel, snow, and fire roads, or whatever the vehicle’s clearance constraints would allow.
We drove an ID4 AWD Pro S on a day journey from Nashville to Chattanooga, which included both highways and winding and mountainous back roads, but we did not stop to charge the vehicle in between trips. I was only able to go 229 miles out of the 255 miles that are supposed to be possible on a single charge with the AWD Pro S model. When I got to my destination, the battery had exactly zero percent charge and zero miles of range left. I had really driven a few miles after the gas gauge reached zero, and when I got home, I couldn’t believe that the vehicle hadn’t left me stranded on the side of the road. (To put this into perspective, another AWD Pro S traveling the same route arrived with 27 percent of its fuel left and 90 miles to go.)
Given that I didn’t move from driving mode “D” to “B,” which provides higher energy regeneration to charge the battery, until towards the conclusion of my journey, it’s possible that I might have maintained more range and gone farther if I had operated in “B” the whole time. I only switched from “D” to “B” near the end of my trip. I’m also certain that the constant highway speeds contributed, in the end, to the loss of a few kilometers that I might have used. In theory, the ID4’s “plug-and-play” link with Electrify America stations, which allows you to drive up, plug the vehicle in, and instantly start charging provided your account is set up, would have made it extremely simple to stop for a charge. However, in practice, the ID4’s “plug-and-play” relationship with Electrify America stations did not work.
In the cabin, the basic touchscreen display is a 12-inch touchscreen that is bright and simple to use from the driver’s seat. It has physical buttons for the main categories of the menu as well as haptic touch buttons for adjusting the temperature and volume. The previous year’s cloth seats have been changed to standard new mélange fabric and leatherette, and they give enough of support and comfort for at least 200 miles of sitting. The new center console configuration also offers extra storage space and a phone charging station. The recently released “Galaxy” interior color, which is available on the S, Pro S, and AWD Pro S trim levels, is the one that you should go for. It has blue highlights on top of a white steering wheel and white seats.
The ID4 AWD Pro versions are predicted to reach 60 miles per hour in six seconds, which may seem sluggish for an all-wheel drive electric vehicle in this day and age; but, the more leisurely power delivery is progressive and genuinely pleasant. However, passing another car at a high speed resulted in acceleration that was less than ideal, so you should only pass if you are certain you have enough distance to do so.
Even while the ID.4’s cabin isn’t as spectacular as the ID. Crozz Concept’s cabin, which had a retractable steering wheel and sliding rear doors, nevertheless provides a modern design with high-tech features, ambient lighting, and a good amount of luggage capacity. Additionally, the ID.4 has a smaller footprint than the ID. Crozz Concept. The interior design is open and lively, and it comes standard with fabric seats that heat up the front passengers. However, upgrading to the Pro S model grants you faux-leather upholstery as well as front seats that are power-adjustable in 12 different ways and have a memory function. The cargo bay of the ID.4 has a lot of available space. We were able to place eight carry-on baggage behind the rear seat of the ID.4, and we were able to store a total of 26 suitcases when the rear seats were folded down.
The 2024 VW ID.4 has an infotainment touchscreen that is a standard 12 inches in size. The infotainment interface is the newest and best from Volkswagen, but we found it to be more difficult to use than the software from the previous generation, which is still offered in certain vehicles, such as the Jetta sedan and the Tiguan SUV. The navigation system as well as the wireless versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard features. In addition, all ID.4 versions come standard with a voice-recognition feature and a 5.3-inch digital gauge display that may be reconfigured.
Range and Performance
The ID.4 produces 201 horsepower with its single motor located in the back, while the variant with the two motors and all-wheel drive generates 295 horsepower. The maximum weight that may be towed by this sturdy vehicle is 2 700 pounds. Even in the ID.4’s most aggressive regeneration mode, the familiar one-pedal driving that electric car users have grown to cherish is mostly absent here. regeneration braking helps recuperate energy when the vehicle is slowed down, but this technology does not allow for it. In addition, electric cars often do not provide the classic “gut-punch” acceleration that gasoline-powered automobiles do.
The rear-wheel-drive ID.4 is hardly sluggish by the standards of typical small crossovers; but, its 7.6-second sprint to 60 mph in our tests reveals that it is far more relaxed than speedier EV rivals. The ID.4’s accelerating capability is improved when one opts for the more potent all-wheel-drive variant, as shown by the vehicle’s 5.4-second sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour on our proving ground. Although the ID.4 steers with less precision than some other electric vehicles, we like its refined and smooth ride quality as well as its quiet interior.
It is estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the ID.4’s optional 77.0-kWh battery pack is capable of storing enough energy to operate the SUV for up to 275 miles between charges. This puts it in competition with other electric SUVs such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV. Unluckily for VW, the EPA estimates that the range of the Tesla Model Y is 330 miles, and that number is less than that. Of course, the battery may be charged at home using connectors of 110 or 240 volts, and it also has the ability to receive a rapid charge from a DC source. The more affordable Standard model comes with a battery that has a capacity of just 58 kWh and a range of only 208 miles.
The EPA gives the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro S a rating of 104 miles per gallon equivalent in the city and 89 miles per gallon equivalent on the highway. The EPA gives the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro model a rating of 107 miles per gallon equivalent in the city and 91 miles per gallon equivalent on the highway. The rear-wheel-drive ID.4 achieved an impressive 82 MPGe and 190 miles of range on our highway fuel-efficiency test, which was conducted at 75 mph. Note that the results of our research have shown that EPA range statistics may either significantly overestimate or significantly understate the difference in real-world highway range between EVs. Our testing was carried out in temperatures that were very close to freezing, which may significantly limit a vehicle’s range, which is why the 190-mile number is more remarkable than it first seems to be.
The Volkswagen ID. 4’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base-level Standard trim in 2024 begins at $40,290. This price takes into account the destination charge and many popular extras. As you add customization choices or choose a model with a higher feature count, the price will go up. The acronym “MSRP” refers to the “manufacturer’s suggested retail price.”