There’s something warm and familiar about the all-electric 2024 Volkswagen ID 4 that makes it feel like it’s been around for a long time. Built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, it’s roughly the size of a gas-powered Volkswagen Tiguan or Nissan Rogue, and was one of the first SUV alternatives to the Tesla Model X when it launched in 2020. Its most exciting features are price and space, and it offers those qualities in a sleek, modern-looking package. A single motor with 201 horsepower and rear-wheel drive powers base models for an EPA-estimated range of 291 miles.
At a fraction of the price in the range, the 330-hp dual-motor AWD ID 4 is available with a larger battery and significantly better performance. The ID 4 can’t charge as fast as DC compared to competitors like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. However, with a starting price above $40K, the ID.4 offers plenty of space, good looks and a relaxed demeanor that should transition from filled to plugged in with ease.
Volkswagen has made some improvements to the 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 with the intention of improving performance and range in models with the larger, 77.0-kWh battery pack. That model now comes with an advanced electric motor that pumps out 282 horsepower in rear-wheel drive models and up to 330 horsepower with all-wheel drive. These models increase their estimated EPA range from eight to sixteen, to 263 and 291 miles. Other changes on the ID.4 include a new 12.9-inch infotainment display, backlit controls for volume and climate controls and some new wheel designs.
Prices for the 2024 Volkswagen ID 4 are expected to start around $41,000 and go up to $53,000 depending on trim and options.
With a single rear-mounted motor, the 2024 Volkswagen ID 4 makes 201 horsepower with the smaller 58.0-kWh battery, but the top-of-the-line dual-motor, all-wheel-drive model pumps out the larger 77.0-kWh battery. From 330 in. Maximum towing capacity is 2700 lbs. Regenerative braking helps recover energy when the car decelerates, but the one-pedal driving capability familiar to EV pilots is largely absent here, even in the 2024 Volkswagen ID 4 ‘s most aggressive regenerative mode. It also lacks the traditional gut-punch acceleration that electric vehicles often provide.
The rear-wheel-drive 2024 Volkswagen ID 4: A Closer Look at Performance, Range, and Design isn’t slow by traditional compact crossover standards, but its 7.6-second sprint to 60 mph in our test shows it’s far more comfortable than its faster EV competitors. Moving to the more powerful dual-motor all-wheel-drive model sharpens the ID.4’s acceleration performance, as evidenced by a 5.4-second jump to 60 mph on our test track. The ID.4 handles less nimbly than other EVs, but we appreciate its smooth and refined ride quality and quiet cabin.
For 2024, the 77.0-kWh model has increased EPA-estimated driving range. The all-wheel-drive variant has a range of 263 miles, while the rear-drive version boasts a range of 291 miles. There are currently no EPA estimates for the ID.4’s base 58.0-kWh battery pack. First, it managed to hold enough juice to power the single-motor rear-drive version for 209 miles between charges. This is lower than other electric SUVs like Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV. Of course, the battery can be charged at home on a 110- or 240-volt connection, and it’s also capable of DC fast-charging.
However, the interior of the ID.4 offers a contemporary design with high-tech features, ambient lighting and generous cargo space.
The interior design is streamlined and playful; Heated cloth seats for front occupants are standard, but the Pro S model comes with faux leather upholstery with 12-way power adjustable front seats with memory function. The cargo area of the ID.4 is quite spacious. We managed to fit eight carry-on suitcases behind the ID.4’s rear seats and 26 carry-on suitcases with the rear seats folded down.
The ID.4 comes with a 12.0-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard, but a 12.9-inch display is optional and features backlit controls for volume and climate. The infotainment interface is VW’s latest but not its greatest; We found it to be faster than previous-generation software that’s still available on models like the Jetta sedan and Tiguan SUV. Navigation is standard and wireless versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard. All ID.4 models come with a 5.3-inch reconfigurable digital gauge display and voice-recognition capabilities.
The information provided here about the 2024 Volkswagen ID 4 is based on available data up to my last knowledge update in January 2022. Changes or updates to the model, specifications, or features may have occurred since then. For the most accurate and current details, it is recommended to check with Volkswagen’s official sources or authorized dealerships. Additionally, specifications, prices, and availability may vary based on location and market conditions. Always refer to the latest official documentation or contact Volkswagen for the most up-to-date information before making any purchasing decisions.