Is the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Really an EV for Everyone?

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV, winner of the 2021 World Car of the Year Award, is still emerging. It hasn’t yet been crash-tested by the International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Nor has it earned a range rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And while it seems like a good car, is the Volkswagen ID.4 really an electric vehicle for everyone? 

side view of a blue 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 driving up a hill in an open area with a modern building in the background
A new Volkswagen (VW) ID.4 SUV electric automobile | RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images

How much does the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 crossover EV cost?

close up view of the rear logo of a blue 2021 Volkwsagen ID.4 EV crossover
A new Volkswagen (VW) ID.4 SUV electric automobile | RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images

According the Volkswagen website, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV starts at $39,995. Following tax credits, VW advertises that this price can drop as low as $32,495. The range-topping trim, the all-wheel drive ID.4 Pro S, will retail for $48,175––according to The Verge.

There is also a First Edition trim that is exclusive to the 2021 model year. This slots between the two and includes both the available Gradient and Statement packages. Outside of being included in the First Edition trim, these packages cost $1,500 and $4,500, respectively. However, the First Edition trim is already sold out.

While these prices may still feel a bit steep, they are in the ballpark range for a majority of comparable crossovers. Compared to the Tesla Model Y, which starts at $39,999, it’s also in the same ballpark as other electric SUVs. Take the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, for example. 

This Toyota crossover isn’t fully electric. It starts at $38,250 according to Toyota’s website. However, its pricing easily climbs up toward $50,000 when buyers begin adding trim levels and equipment packages. 

How long is the range for this entry-level crossover EV? 

According to Volkswagen, the EPA estimates that the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV can drive up to 260 miles on a full charge. That means the ID.4’s 77 kWh battery pack is ample enough for the daily needs of most drivers. Both the Hyundai Kona Electric ($39,090) and the Kia Niro EV $37,390) have similar ranges, so again this Volkswagen EV is on par with its class.

But the Tesla Model Y has an EPA estimated electric range of 316 miles, according to Car and Driver. So drivers that need a longer range may have to opt instead for the Tesla option. 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV owners can charge their BEV at home on either a 110- or 240-volt charger. 

It can also use DC fast charging. According to Volkswagen, the L2 home charger can charge the ID.4 crossover EV in about 7.5 to 11.5 hours. At a DC fast charging station, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV up to about 62 miles in only 10 minutes. Overall, the Volkswagen ID.4 should have enough juice for most urban and suburban drivers. 

a timing chart showing how long it takes for various Volkswagen ID.4 models to charge on different types of charging docks
Chart showing charging times | Volkswagen

Not that the age of a battery, the topography of the driving landscape, and the general condition of the vehicle all affect range numbers. In addition, battery capacity can decrease overtime with use. Volkswagen recommends all ID.4 EV owners consult the owner’s manual to read up on all the details.

Is the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 for everyone? 

Volkswagen’s original message and purpose in the automotive industry was to bring premium fit and finish and high performance to a more mainstream audience. Does the Volkswagen ID.4 deliver? We think it does. Especially after driving this crossover EV, I agree that this is a car that feels nice for the price

In addition, the electric powertrain of the Pro S that I tested was satisfying and the interior felt like good quality. In fact, this is the first fully electric car I ever drove. To say the least, I was impressed by the overall experience.

No car, especially no EV, is for everyone. But for the mainstream market, the 2021 ID.4 has plenty to offer. This is, at the very least, an EV that every electric SUV shopper should try out. It’s certainly a good step in the right direction after the Dieselgate debacle.

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