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Behind the wheel of the Volkswagen ID.4 crossover

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Behind the wheel of the Volkswagen ID.4 crossover

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After years of anticipation, I assuredly got to see and touch a Volkswagen ID.4 crossover back in mid-September. I advised it from every angle, sat in the seats, and handled the controls. But it wasn’t until bygone that I absolutely got behind the wheel of this gamechanger from Volkswagen for the U.S. market.

Volkswagen ID.4
The view from behind the wheel

VW gave me 45 account to myself on a route that let me admeasurement the white crossover’s behavior on city streets, freeways, and empty, narrow country roads. The good news is, the ancestor model acquitted itself just fine, thank you!

Like my September visit, this test was anxiously able with cleaning, masks , and distancing. I took the virus-free test ride on my own, after adequate a masked chat in the parking lot with the affable VW press folks on a baroque autumn Northern California day.


In the ID.4 you feel like you’re sitting up high — just as the American buyer demands — but with a low center of gravity, thanks to the array pack below the floor. When you turn the fat council wheel, the ID.4 responds. It’s as fun and easy to push into a corner as a Golf. The active motor appropriately moves the car ahead when you press the accelerator.

Volkswagen ID.4
With batteries low, you sit high, but corner well

As an EV, the ID.4 lets you select D for Drive or B for Regen with a click on the dash-mounted switch, so you can choose one-pedal active when you want it. I found the regen just right on the back roads but addled it off on the freeway so I could take my foot off the right pedal now and then.

In the countryside, the silent drivetrain delivers that exhilaration you get with EVs—a activity of flight and admiration at so much motion in buzz quiet. The ID.4 appearance plenty of glass—including a huge sunroof—so you can see outside, but you don’t have to hear it. The car buzzes its “hey, pedestrians!” noise when abetment up and when it’s moving slowly (for parking lots), but you won’t hear it while driving.

The autogenous is angular, but not overdone, and the small info pod on the council wheel serves as a source of burning info after being overwhelming. The center dash panel offers a set of rectangles to choose from. There, you can:

  • Set up and use your phone
  • Select radio and other media
  • Configure and use a clear aeronautics system
  • Configure agent settings
  • Connect to apps (including Android Auto and Apple Carplay)
  • Fine tune the audio sound
  • Customize a alternative of bright ambient lighting
  • Request help

Volkswagen ID.4
The crossover profile

A longer term test will give me a chance to really work these options, but I can say that the audio works fine and the aeronautics came in handy when I found myself in a altered place than my printed route indicated.

Comfy chairs

The seats were comfy for the ride, and I can brainstorm taking longer trips in this new car. With an official range of 250 miles, you could build in one charging stop to make the San Francisco to Los Angeles trip.

Volkswagen ID.4
One charge to LA

The ID.4 introduces a new design accent to America. Europeans have enjoyed the ID.3 hatchback for a while now, but VW absitively that this will be our first taste of VW’s new line of EVs. While VWs have always put form over function, this design appearance softer, more carnal surfaces with a friendly, developed face and taut detailing.

You can place an order now and expect a car in early 2021. For now, your ID.4 will be built overseas, but before too long, the Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant will start making ID.4s. That should access availability and will be the start of the less big-ticket entry-level model.

The next step will be a full week-long test, and we can’t wait. With a new look and drivetrain, the Volkswagen ID.4 may end up having the impact of the Beetle or the Golf for VW in today’s rapidly evolving automotive world.

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Appear December 29, 2020 — 01:00 UTC

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