Volkswagen has been talking about its future electric vehicle lineup for years now, but finally the talk is materializing for the U.S. market. Today the automaker revealed the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, a battery-electric crossover that may just have the goods to be The People’s Car of the electric car era.
One of the most disruptive aspects of the ID.4 versus other battery-electric crossover on the market is something really simple: it’s size. Most battery-electric crossovers on the market today are on the smaller side of the spectrum, making them untenable for most American car buyers. ID.4 resolves this issue with a wheelbase of 180.5 inches, bringing it in lockstep with high-volume sellers like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV-4.
The dimensional similarity to some of the most popular crossovers on the market doesn’t stop at its wheelbase. Cargo room and legroom are also nearly identical to the market leaders, suggesting size isn’t going to be a negative like it is for the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Hyundai Kona EV.
That interior space is housed in a relatively minimalist interior design. Unlike most EV’s on the market, the ID.4 interior isn’t entirely focused massive screens. Instead there’s a rather small display acting as the gauge cluster resting in front of the driver and a larger (though modest by today’s standards) touchscreen in the center of the instrument panel. There’s also some odd switchgear in the ID.4; such as some HVAC controls on the left side of the steering wheel and the gear selector sticking out from the right bezel of the gauge cluster display.
Preliminary ID.4’s will be powered an electric motor resting at the rear axle that generates 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque, a power output that will likely give the ID.4 a similar feel to comparable gas-powered crossovers. The motor will be supplied power by a 82-KWh battery pack that Volkswagen will be good for 250 miles, putting the ID.4 on-par with much smaller battery-electric crossovers when it comes to range.
A dual-motor version of the ID.4 will be offered a few months after launch. Volkswagen is mum on details, but has confirmed it will feature 302 horsepower.
All ID.4 feature DC fast charging that Volkswagen says will flow about 33 miles of range per hour into the battery pack. A charger rated at 125-kilowatt will be able to charge the ID.4 from 5% to 80% in about 38 minutes.
Speaking of charging, all ID.4 buyers will be entitled to three years of free charging with the Electrify America network of chargers. This is certainly Volkswagen’s way of trying to negate any and all potential barriers from everyday Americans buying the ID.4.
Perhaps the biggest barrier the Volkswagen ID.4 is crossing is its price. It will start at $39,995, putting it right in the middle of the American car market before tax credits, such as the $7,500 federal tax credit and applicable state incentives. The all-wheel drive version will arrive later in 2021 with a $43,695 base price, a heated windshield and a trailer hitch.
Early ID.4 buyers can opt for a 1st Edition model priced at $43,995, which features various option packages, special badging and a white interior. This version of the ID.4 will start arriving at the end of 2020, while the base trim level will begin arriving in early 2021.