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Volkswagen ID.4 Review 2021

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a spacious all-electric SUV designed for family practicality. Released in September 2020, it joins the ID.3 as part of Volkswagen's growing range of all-electric, battery-powered cars.  

The ID. 4's roomy cabin, clever storage spaces, good electric range and a smooth, silent driving experience make it a popular alternative to rivals such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Peugeot e-2008, Kia e-Niro and Audi Q4 e-tron. 

Our Volkswagen ID.4 Review covers:

Volkswagen ID.4 Key Features

  • Sleek looking design with smart LED headlights and LED light bar
  • Well built, high-tech interior with 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system 
  • 543-litre boot, which expands to 1,779 litres with rear seats down
  • Available with a 52kWh and 77kWh battery with a range of power outputs
  • Six trim levels available, including Life, Style, Family, Max, GTX and GTX Max

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

Similar in size and practicality, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a futuristic-looking version of the Tiguan. It follows in the footsteps of the compact ID.3 hatchback by offering usable space and good levels of onboard tech, in addition to a comfortable ride, making it a great family car leasing option. 

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The ID.4 looks like something straight from the future on the outside. Its high bonnet and slim LED headlights, and full-width LED light bar at the front help make the ID.4 stand out on the road. It also has a bulbous back end with a wide lightbar that mimics the car's front. 

Inside, there's plenty of space with a decent amount of head and legroom. Rear seat passengers will have no issues getting comfortable in the ID.4 with the flat floor allowing three adults to sit across the rear bench in comfort. 

At the rear, the ID.4 boot can hold up to 543 litres, expanding to an impressive 1,779 litres with rear seats folded down. Boot practicality is a real strength of the ID.4 compared to its rivals, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E at 402 litres and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 at 527 litres. Thanks to its relatively low boot lip, loading items into the ID4's boot is also super easy.

Interior and Trims

The ID.4 stylish and high-tech interior is roomy inside. The dashboard feels nicely put together with some high-quality materials helping to give the cabin a classy look. One stand out feature is the strip of LEDs below the windscreen, which sweep left or right when approaching a junction. The sat-nav voice instructions also don't interrupt the music playing in the car.

All models come with a 10-inch display Pro touchscreen infotainment system as standard or a 12-inch Discover max touchscreen on Max models and above. The large touchscreen controls practically everything in the cabin but is a little tricky to interact with. However, loading times are quick, and the screen is crisp, displaying all the data you need while driving. 

Six trim levels models are available, including the Life, Style, Family, Max, GTX and GTX Max.

The entry-level Life model comes with LED headlights, wireless app-connect, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control and 18-inch Aero steel wheels on the 52kwh model and 19-inch Aero steel wheels on the 77kWh model.

The Style trim comes with privacy glass, heated front seats, leather-wrapped heated multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera and 17-inch Falun alloy wheels.

The Family trim comes with a Design Pack Plus, including Matrix LED headlights, tinted windows and a panoramic glass roof. It also adds an Assistance Pack, including a rearview camera, keyless entry and 19-inch Hamar alloy wheels. 

Max models come with a 12-inch Discover max touchscreen infotainment system, augmented reality head-up display, Top-Sport Plus seats with 12-way electric adjustment, and 19-inch Hamar alloy wheels.

The GTX trim comes with fabric GTX rear seats, Matrix LED headlights with automatic headlight control, poor weather light and entry lighting. It also adds 65% rear tinted glass and 20-inch black diamond-turned surface wheels. 

The top-of-the-range GTX Max model adds laminated safety glass, dynamic chassis control and a panoramic glass roof.

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, the ID.4 comes with two battery options, including a 52kWh and a 77kWh. Both provide different outputs, with the choice of 146bhp, 168bhp, 201bhp or 295bhp.

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All ID.4 models come with rear-wheel drive, with only the range-topping GTX Max model having a four-wheel-drive option and more power thanks to its two electric motors. This puts the GTX Max on par with its rivals, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

On the road, the ID.4 feels better to drive than its competitors as its body movements are far better controlled and a lot more forgiving over larger bumps and potholes. However, there are smoother-riding electric cars on the market, such as the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Hyundai Ioniq 5.  

Overall the Volkswagen ID.4 is a great practical, well-equipped electric vehicle which is why it features in our best electric cars for families guide.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Volkswagen ID.4 start from £38,105.00 OTR* or to lease from £392.49 per month.

Want to know more about leasing the Volkswagen ID.4? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the biggest car leasing companies in the United Kingdom. All of our leasing agreements include a complete manufacturer's guarantee, road tax for the duration of the lease, breakdown coverage, and free mainland GB delivery (exclusions apply).

Plus, with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms, leasing a Volkswagen ID.4 could be cheaper than buying outright with a bank loan or dealer finance.

*'On the road' price is correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.   

Customer Reviews

Volkswagen ID.4
Average Rating Based on 10 reviews
4.5 out of 5

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4.6 out of 5
Richard Volkswagen ID.4 109kW Life Pure 52kWh Auto (110kW Ch) MY22

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4.1 out of 5
Lee Volkswagen ID.4 109kW Life Pure 52kWh Auto (110kW Ch) MY22

Car good. Practicalities of electric car as main vehicle need serious consideration before committing.

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3.0 out of 5
Paul Volkswagen ID.4 109kW Life Pure 52kWh Auto (110kW Ch) MY22

The software is rubbish lots of glitches. I hate the lack of a paper manual. The use of touchscreen and the lack of switches makes it too easy to get distracted

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5.0 out of 5
Issam Volkswagen ID.4 109kW Life Pure 52kWh Auto MY22

The car is excellent I don’t have no issue so far with it

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3.7 out of 5
Llewellyn Volkswagen ID.4 109kW Life Pure 52kWh Auto (110kW Ch) MY22

The ID4 drives fine, but the build quality is not good. There are numerous intermittent issues with the vehicle locks i.e. unlocking the vehicle is challenging, to the point of being potentially dangerous if the vehicle occupants needed to get out of the vehicle quickly. The sat nav is also challenging and often does not find destinations. The adaptive cruise control is also inconsistent e.g. on some stretches of motorway it believes the speed limit is 100 mph, additionally it frequently fails to detect stopped vehicles ahead.

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5.0 out of 5
Rachel Volkswagen ID.4 109kW Life Pure 52kWh Auto (110kW Ch) MY22

Not the vehicles fault but more availability for charge points

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5.0 out of 5
Antonio Volkswagen ID.4 109kW Life Pure 52kWh Auto (110kW Ch) MY22

Best thing I ever did, hassle free car

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5.0 out of 5
Graeme Volkswagen ID.4 150kW 1ST Edition Pro Performance 77kWh Auto

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4.9 out of 5
Kevin Volkswagen ID.4 150kW 1ST Edition Pro Performance 77kWh Auto

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4.6 out of 5
Malcolm Volkswagen ID.4 150kW 1ST Edition Pro Performance 77kWh Auto

All good except lousy user interface with menu's you struggle to navigate and a non effective app

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