The New Volkswagen ID.4 EV SUV
Volkswagen Unveils The all new 2021 ID.4 EV SUV
September 23, 2020
- Reservations for the ID.4 start online today
- MSRP starts at $39,995 for ID.4 Pro before potential $7,500 Federal tax credit
- Estimated 250 miles of range on ID.4 1st Edition 82 kwh battery
- Compact SUV will be available in rear-wheel drive 201-hp and all-wheel-drive 302-hp configurations
- Three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no additional cost
- Modern design pairs with high-tech features, like DRIVE® advanced driver assistance technology and a smart
infotainment system, using voice and touch
“The ID.4 was engineered, loaded and priced to win the hearts of SUV owners who are simply ready to go
electric—and fall in love with Volkswagen again. “It drives like a GTI, it has the packaging of a Tiguan and the
purpose of the Beetle. All the best things about VW in one package.”
The ID.4 EV compact SUV is based on the modular electric drive architecture (MEB). While it is the
brand’s newest platform, it also represents a return to Volkswagen’s roots, with the electric motor
located at the rear, just like the original Beetle.
The heart of the ID.4 is a battery pack comprised of 288 pouch cells in 12 modules, positioned in the
underbody to create a low center of gravity for optimal driving dynamics as well as extremely
well-balanced weight distribution. It is housed in a lightweight aluminum structure that is bolted to
the frame, helping to improve rigidity.
At launch, the vehicle will be offered with an 82kWh (gross) battery and a rear-mounted AC
permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen
estimates that the ID.4 82kWh RWD 1st Edition models will have a range of 250 miles with a full charge
on the EPA cycle. A powerful, electric all-wheel-drive variant with 302 hp will follow later in 2021.
The ID.4 also comes with three years of fast charging with Electrify America at no additional cost,
helping to reduce range anxiety. The ID.4 can be charged with both alternating current (AC) and direct
current (DC) fast-charging capability. The 11 kW onboard charger allows the ID.4 to charge the battery
33 miles in about one hour, and charges to full in around seven and a half hours at a home or public
Level 2 charger. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80
percent charged in about 38 minutes.
The ID.4 is designed to be strong, yet agile. The chassis and body are made from steel. The front
suspension is a strut-type with lower control arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar.
In the rear, the ID.4 uses a multi-link rear axle with coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll
bar. With 3.5 turns lock-to-lock and a stellar curb-to-curb turning radius of 33.5 feet, the ID.4 feels
nimble, especially among other compact SUVs.
A combination of brake types is used on ID.4. It features disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes
on the rear—the difference being specific to electric vehicle needs. As EVs rely on regenerative
braking, disc brakes on the rear can be less effective than drums after long periods of not being put to
Like the platform, the design of ID.4 represents a move towards the future with a nod to the past. At the
front, the Volkswagen logo is able to be positioned centrally because there is no radiator grille, as it
was on the Beetle. Large LED headlights flow backwards, hinting at the aerodynamic nature of the car,
while a sculpted front bumper with large intake-like scoops and honeycomb accents give the car a
powerful presence. Models fitted with the Statement package add an illuminated Volkswagen logo and an
illuminated light line that stretches outward from it, creating a striking light signature.
Front to back, clean, flowing lines alternate with crisp edges for a refined, yet futuristic look. A
softly molded side section curves under the crisp rising shoulder line and flush illuminated door
handles. The low greenhouse runs out into a strong C-pillar—a classic Volkswagen design feature—and into
a long spoiler. The ID.4’s aerodynamically refined exterior helps it achieve an excellent drag
coefficient of 0.28.
The ID.4 sits squarely in the middle of the compact SUV segment, size-wise. It is 4.6 inches shorter than
the Volkswagen Tiguan, at 180.5 inches, with a 0.9 inch shorter wheelbase at 108.9 inches. It is 1.9
inches lower than Tiguan at 64.4 inches high for the rear-wheel drive model, and 0.5 inches wider, at
The ID.4 will available in six exterior colors—Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone
Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic and King’s Red Metallic. All models come with a body
color roof, black roof rails, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The Statement package adds a panoramic
fixed-glass roof, premium LED projector headlights with Volkswagen’s Adaptive Front-lighting System
(AFS) and power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamp signature, while the Gradient package (sold on top
of the Statement package) upgrades to 20-inch wheels, black roof, and silver roof rails and accents.
The first fully-electric SUV features ample space and a modern design. Passenger volume is similar to the
Tiguan despite the overall smaller footprint, with 99.9 cubic feet total. Legroom is a comfortable 41.1
inches for front passengers and 37.6 inches in the rear seat. Cargo volume is 30.3 cubic feet behind the
second row, and 64.2 cubic feet with the seats folded.
The interior of the ID.4 mirrors the futuristic look of the exterior, with functionality almost
completely controlled by touch or voice control. The 5.3-inch ID.Cockpit (digital driver display)
replaces the traditional instrument cluster and is operated with touch-sensitive controls on the
leather-wrapped multifunction heated steering wheel. Three tiles show the most important information,
with the display for battery status and range underneath. The traditional gearshift is replaced by a
large rocker switch on the right of the ID.Cockpit, and a control panel to the left of the steering
wheel integrates the lighting functions, including automatic headlights.
A 10-inch Discover Pro touch infotainment display is located in the middle of the dash panel, angled
slightly towards the driver. This screen can be configured to driver preference, and manages the
standard navigation system, all telematics, entertainment, driver-assistance systems and vehicle
settings; it is upgraded to a 12-inch Discover Pro Max infotainment display with the Statement package.
Menus can be moved using gesture control, simply swiping one’s hand in front of the screen. Sliders for
volume and temperature adjustment are located on the inclined surface below the display.
“Hello ID.” natural voice control is standard in the ID.4. The car follows the instructions spoken by the
driver and passengers and is capable of understanding many commands from everyday language, such as
“Hello ID., I’m cold” to turn up the heat.
The ID.4 will feature ID. Light—a light strip below the windshield to support drivers in a host of
situations with intuitive lighting effects in different colors and sound prompts. For example, ID. Light
signals to the driver that the vehicle’s drive system is active and that the car has been unlocked or
locked. It accentuates information issued by some of the driver-assistance and navigation systems and
signals, both visually and acoustically, details like charge status indicator, braking prompts and
incoming phone calls.
The steering wheel, steering column, and the housings for the display and control panels in the doors are
finished in Piano Black. Seats in the ID.4 are finished in black cloth on entry models and Lunar Gray or
Galaxy Black leatherette on models with the Statement package. Entry ID.4 models feature six-way
adjustable seats with power recline, while the Statement package adds 12-way power seats, with massage
lumbar and memory, as well as 30-color ambient lighting.
ID.4 offers a range of comfort and convenience features found throughout the rest of the brand’s lineup.
Standard features include rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone Climatronic®
climate control, and KESSY® keyless access. To manage cold temperatures, the ID.4 features a standard
heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and, on all-wheel-drive models, a heated
windshield. The Statement package adds SiriusXM® satellite radio with a three-month trial, an adjustable
trunk floor, and a power tailgate with Easy Open & Close.
To complete the high-tech package, ID.4 offers standard wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect,
and Volkswagen Car-Net® with in-car WiFi capability when you subscribe to a data plan. Car-Net Hotspot
allows passengers to access the internet with up to four connected devices simultaneously, including
tablets, smartphones, laptops, gaming devices, and more—all at 4G LTE-enabled speed.
To help protect occupants, the ID.4 provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It
features six airbags as standard—front and side airbags for front passengers, and side curtain airbags
for outboard seating positions. Additionally there are a number of electronic safety systems, such as an
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
With regards to the battery, an extruded aluminum frame protects the battery system against damage in the
event of a crash, and a replaceable aluminum underbody panel protects the battery against the road.
Additionally, the battery is also disabled if the vehicle is involved in a serious accident.
With the standard IQ.DRIVE® advanced driver assistance technology, all ID.4 models include Forward
Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist); Blind Spot
Monitor (Side Assist); Rear Traffic Alert; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Lane Keeping System (Lane
Assist); Travel Assist; and Emergency Assist. In addition to IQ.DRIVE features, the ID.4 includes
Dynamic Road Sign Display; Park Distance Control; and High Beam Control (Light Assist).
Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995, for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro (available in the first quarter
of 2021), before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied. With those credits, the
entry price of ID.4 is on par with the 2021 Tiguan SEL. For highly qualified customers through
Volkswagen Credit, the monthly lease payment for a 36-month lease with 10,000 miles a year, is $379 per
month with $3,579 due at signing, excluding tax, title, license, options and dealer fees.
Starting later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,695) will be available. Both Pro models carry largely the
same equipment, with AWD models putting out 302 hp, and adding a heated windshield and tow hitch. These
models can be additionally outfitted with two packages—Statement ($4,500), and Gradient ($1,500), which
is only offered with Statement.
The ID.4 launches with a limited-run ID.4 1st Edition (MSRP $43,995). The 1st Edition models feature the
same content as the Pro model, and Statement package (minus illuminated VW logo) and Gradient package
come standard. These models also include unique features including accelerator and brake pedals with
“play” and “pause” logos, the steering wheel and column, radio bezel and door island finished in
Electric White, 1st Edition badging, black mirror caps, and a tow hitch.
Volkswagen plans to offer the ID.4 EV across all 50 states, and throughout its network of more than 600
dealers. A reservation platform debuts today on VW.com, allowing customers to reserve an ID.4 before it
hits dealer showrooms, with a fully refundable $100 reservation fee. As vehicle production starts,
reservation holders will be invited to confirm their order with an additional fully refundable $400
vehicle deposit. From placing a reservation, to production and through delivery, the customer can see
where they stand and when they can expect their ID. 4 to arrive at their preferred local VW dealer in a
simple, transparent process. At that time, the customer can transact with their dealer and complete
Volkswagen has made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris climate accord.
With that goal in mind, the ID.4 is being produced at the Zwickau factory with a net carbon-neutral
The Zwickau factory uses electricity that is sourced using renewable energy. The site includes a
highly-efficient combined heat and power plant, which, long term, is planned to use carbon-neutral
natural gas. Production of the battery cells, which are externally sourced, is unavoidably
energy-intensive, but Volkswagen has obliged its cell supplier to exclusively use electricity generated
from renewable sources for manufacturing. These measures reduce the carbon footprint of the ID.4’s
production. The rest of the carbon-neutral delivery is handled via certified carbon credits for a
variety of projects in Asia and South America that offset remaining carbon emissions.
Beginning in 2022, the ID.4 will be produced locally in the U.S. at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly
Plant. Volkswagen anticipates investing a further $800 million in the Chattanooga factory for the
production of electric vehicles, in addition to the more than $2.6 billion that VW has invested in the
area. The factory currently has about 3,800 direct employees. Once production starts in the U.S.,
Volkswagen plans on offering a localized version of the ID.4 priced around $35,000.