Down Electric Avenue with the Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 brings electrification to the masses.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 front fascia
The 2021 VW ID.4.

Put down 2021 as the year when the electric vehicle pivot hastened. This year, mainstream manufacturers such as Ford and GMC are bringing to the market their first-ever dedicated electric vehicle lines. Not to be left out is Volkswagen, which recently introduced the ID.4, the first in what promises to become a long line of new EV models from this German brand.

The Volkswagen ID.4, though, is the most affordable of this new breed of EVs. With a starting price of about $40,000 and a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 available for many buyers, the ID.4 matches the price of some gas-powered models. With standard rear-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive, no model will cost you more than $50,000. That is not bad for this all-electric, five-passenger vehicle.

VW ID.4 Exterior Highlights

The VW ID.4 is nearly the same size as the Volkswagen Tiguan, a gas-powered model. That is also the only thing they have in common as the new model is based on VW’s new electric-dedicated architecture. We have driven both vehicles and can tell you that the ID.4 is the style-maker of the two.

Upfront, the VW does something that no Tesla model does: it gives a semblance of a grille or at least a slice of connecting trim between the headlamps. The lower portion is detailed as well.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 profile

You are forgiven if you think there is an engine under the hood. There is not, although some components are present, including a radiator and the washer fluid reservoir. Thus, you won’t find a traditional frunk (front trunk) as you do in most electric vehicles.

The ID.4’s profile is handsome with flowing lines, a curving beltline, and fashionable chrome wheels. Our test model came in white with a contrasting black roof and trim. Everything seems to flow to the rear with its sloping roof. The rear lighting element design matches the front. It is almost hard to believe that this is an affordably priced EV as the style is certainly a cut above.

VW ID.4 Interior Highlights

Inside, the cabin is bright and futuristic. Typical of today’s electric vehicles, the dashboard is spartan, with a small instrument panel behind the steering wheel and a larger display in the center console. As simple as the design is, Volkswagen offers nice touches too, including a sculpted dashboard, brightwork trim, and fabric-wrapped seating surfaces.

Big door pockets are ideal for squirreling away small things, including drinks, snacks, and keys. The accordion cover for the center storage compartment is a nice touch, although the storage area itself is quite small.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 seats

The front seats are comfortable and supportive for the average-sized adult. They are not plush, but they are not cardboard thin either. We were pleasantly surprised by the 60/40 split-bench rear seat as you can truly seat three individuals back there.

The cargo area is another plus with 30.3 cubic feet of standard storage space and 64.2 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The battery pack is tucked underneath, therefore there is no intruding hump to get in the way. Manufacturers are truly finding ways to maximize space with EVs.

Matt Keegan
Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan is a journalist, media professional, and owner of this website. He has an extensive writing background and has covered the automotive sector continuously since 2004. When not driving and evaluating new vehicles, Matt enjoys spending his time outdoors.

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