Hybrids & Electrics

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Drove off With a Major Award

It turns out, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is best around, and nothing is going to keep it down. Alright, cheesy 80’s song aside, the Volkswagen ID.4 did just claim a significant victory. This SUV beat every other car in the world for the number one spot. 

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 wins World Car of the Year 

According to Auto Blog, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV just claimed a major victory. It won the prestigious World Car of the Year award. This is a pretty epic victory to achieve. The award is decided by a panel of 93 journalists from 28 different countries. 

An image of a blue Volkswagen ID.4 outdoors.
Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

This is the first Volkswagen EV from its dedicated platform, and it was named as the most significant new car of the year. It was the top option out of 28 other nominees. Other top finalists that deserve to be mentioned include the Toyota Yaris and Honda e. 

Also, the WCOTY jury voted the 2021 Mercedes-Bez S-Class as the World Luxury Car of the year. The new 922 generation Porche 911 Turbo won World Performance Car of the Year, and the World Urban Car of the Year award went to the Honda e. 

Also, the Land Rover Defender claimed the World Car Design of the Year award. This was the 17th year for these awards. In 2020, the Kia Telluride won, the Jaguar I-Pace took the title in 2019, and the Volvo XC60 won in 2018. 

What’s so great about the Volkswagen ID.4? 

The 2021 VW ID.4 is the first fully electric vehicle to enter the United States from Volkswagen. It’s smaller than the VW Tiguan but still manages to provide plenty of space for passengers. You can get started in one for about $39,995. 

With the single-motor rear-wheel-drive variant, you get about 201 hp. But with the dual-motor all-wheel-drive model provides 302 hp. The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 can tow up to 2,700 lbs. According to Edmunds, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. 

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The Volkswagen ID.4’s 77 kWh battery pack provides a driving range of about 260 miles. The Tesla Model Y offers an EPA estimated range of 316 miles. You can charge this SUV at home with 110 or 240-volt outlets or use a DC fast charger. 

This speed is adequate and satisfactory for passing people on the highway, but rivals like the Hyundai Electric Kona reach 60 mph in about 6.6 seconds. The VW ID.4 is stable around turns with confident brakes. The cabin is relatively quiet, but wind and road noise are noticeable at higher speeds. Also, large bumps in the road can send you bouncing. 

VW ID.4 features 

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is pretty spacious, with 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and up to 64.2 cubic feet total. The rear seat is spacious for adults, and there are plenty of storage bins. 

An image of a blue Volkswagen ID.4 outdoors.
Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

A 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, but you can upgrade to the 12.0-inch display. Navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto come standard, but the software takes some getting used to. 

Standard safety features include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance. You can opt for adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode.