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Volkswagen ID.4

(2021 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

78
%
A

Used car score:

77
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

83
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

82
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

78
%
A

Used car score:

77
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

83
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

82
%
A

Summary


On UK roads in 2021, the Volkswagen ID.4 is the second model from the German giant’s electric sub-brand, and basically a crossover version of the ID.3 hatchback launched last year. It also won the 2021 World Car of the Year award.

Initial ‘1st Edition’ models are too pricey to qualify for Government plug-in grant aid, although cheaper versions (with less power and battery capacity) joined the range in Spring 2021, with a performance four-wheel-drive variant also on the way.

The ID.4 powertrain comprises an electric motor driving the rear wheels and fed by a battery pack. There are two performance levels (roughly 150hp and 200hp) and three battery options. In top-spec Pro Performance versions, Volkswagen quotes an official battery range of 310 miles – directly comparable to a petrol-powered car.

As the ID.4 has been designed as an EV from the outset, its batteries are neatly packaged – The Daily Mirror notes that it has much more interior space than rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz EQA, which is basically a petrol car converted to an electric one.

Journalists like the ID.4’s range, and its ride quality – according to Top Gear, the driving experience is smooth, silent and demanding nothing of the driver, though the 8.5-second 0-62mph time is considered tardy for an EV.

The exterior visuals have drawn both praise and indifference from reviews, but the interior styling comes in for more criticism – the white finish is described as sterile, while the touchscreen infotainment system annoys several. Autocar describes lights blinking in different colours and patterns to relay everything from satnav instructions to battery charging to phone calls; “moderately useful at times but mostly a bit distracting.”

Overall, however, the crossover that VW predicts may become its best-selling electric model gets the thumbs-up, Autocar concluding; “arguably no other EV is as easy to get along with.” As of April 2024, the Volkswagen ID.4 holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 78%.

ID.4 highlights

  • Impressive interior space
  • Long range with largest 77kWh battery
  • Attractive, clean styling
  • Refined and silent on the road

ID.4 lowlights

  • Infotainment system fiddly
  • Remaining battery range hidden behind menus
  • Tardy acceleration for an EV

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £37,290 on-road

Launched: Winter 2020/21
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: April 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 89%
Vulnerable road users: 76%
Safety assist: 85%

The Volkswagen ID.4 was tested in 2021 by Euro NCAP and gained a top five-star rating under the latest more stringent protocols, including an award for its Local Hazard Warning system. This transmits warnings of upcoming road safety risks to similarly-equipped cars and emergency vehicles.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of April 2024, the Volkswagen ID.4 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the ID.4 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of April 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volkswagen ID.4 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as we have sufficient data on the ID.4, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models280 milesB211 – 325 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.2 m/KWhB3.7 – 4.3 m/KWhB – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models26B22 – 50A – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£201B
Year 2£414A
Year 3£691A
Year 4£860A
Year 5£1,156A
Overall£3,322A

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The SUV offers a competitive battery range and electrical efficiency, and its insurance premiums are cheaper than the market average too. In addition, the car’s service and maintenance costs over the course of five years of ownership are predicted to be excellent.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen ID.4 has received

2022

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Family EV

2021

  • World Car of the Year

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Volkswagen ID.4, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi Q4 e-tron | BMW iX3 | Ford Mustang Mach-E | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Kia e-Niro | Kia EV6 | Mercedes-Benz EQA | Polestar 2 | Skoda Enyaq iV | Tesla Model Y | Volvo XC40 Recharge

Electric crossovers are currently few but increasing in number, and currently the ID.4 sits between a number of potential rivals that are slightly cheaper or slightly more expensive, or slightly smaller or slightly larger.

‘In-house’ competition from the Skoda Enyaq and Audi Q4 is strong, while the pioneering Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro still offer good value. The Ford Mustang Mach E is more fun to drive, with top-spec models also offering comparable range, while the Mercedes-Benz EQA is based on an existing non-electric car and its batteries eat into the bootspace.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is a very effective EV crossover with lots of space, although promised cheaper models cannot come soon enough.Volkswagen ID.4