James LipmanCar and Driver
VW played its safe with its new electric ID.4, imbuing it with the same practical appeal found in today’s conventional compact crossovers, but it lacks much of the unconventional character that makes EVs interesting.
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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is a new electric compact SUV model.
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It’s similar in size to gas-powered competitors such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
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In our real-world, 75-mph testing, we recorded a highway range of 190 miles.
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This rear-wheel-drive version has a single 201-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle.
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It has a 77.0-kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-estimated 190 miles of highway range.
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There will be a more powerful all-wheel-drive version coming later this year.
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Our test car was the 1st Edition version, which comes with special badging.
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The two-row, five-seat interior is spacious, with plenty of room in the rear seat.
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The optional 12.0-inch touchscreen runs the latest version of VW’s infotainment software.
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Many of the climate controls and other functions are controlled via touch-sensitive sliders and haptic buttons.
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