The Volkswagen ID.4 Just Leveled Up

The Volkswagen ID.4 is an impactful model for the German automaker because reducing its carbon footprint wasn’t always a priority. Volkswagen has changed its tune in recent years and is fully embracing electric vehicle production. The ID.4 is the company’s competitive electric compact SUV option. It had decent range before, but the compact SUV just got a significant upgrade.

The Volkswagen ID.4 is getting a range boost

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Volkswagen has a lot of ground to cover in the electric vehicle space after the infamous Dieselgate scandal. The automaker was forced to pay serious fines after the EPA discovered that several of its vehicles were violating new carbon emission reduction policies. Now, Volkswagen is part of a group of several automakers that are leading the charge into the electric future. It’s even working on a multi-billion dollar charging network.

The Volkswagen ID.4 is currently Volkswagen’s best-selling electric model. According to Motor1, Volkswagen is increasing the ID.4’s range for 2022 and 2023. The 2022 model will get a boost above the previous 250-260 mile max range. All ID.4 models are getting a price increase as well.

While a price increase may not be ideal for consumers, a range boost means more practicality for the ID.4. The base model ID.4 Pro will start at $41,995 or $34,495 after electric vehicle tax credits.

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

A yellow Volkswagen ID.4 is inside a Volkswagen auto tower.
A yellow Volkswagen ID.4 SUV electric automobile is on display at the storage facility auto tower of German carmaker Volkswagen | Ronny Hartmann/AFP via Getty Images

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is a great electric SUV model because it provides plenty of value for its price. After federal electric vehicle tax credits, the ID.4 is affordable considering its range.

The ID.4 has enough acceleration to be exciting, which is important for an electric SUV to keep drivers interested. The compact SUV model also has great driving dynamics and handling. The single motor version produces 201 horsepower. The dual-motor ID.4 makes an exhilarating 295 horsepower.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 all-wheel drive model gets about 249 miles of range before needing to be recharged. The ID.4 Pro S model gets about 240 miles of range. The electric compact SUV model is competitive because it perfectly balances power, range, and style thanks to its sleek exterior design.

Should you buy a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4?

A blue Volkswagen ID.4 is driving on the road.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is driving on the road | Volkswagen

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is a great electric compact SUV option, but it has plenty of competition. Its biggest competitor is the popular Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Mach-E is the Blue Oval’s first electric Mustang and first Mustang SUV. The electric SUV model boasts great acceleration, comfort, and style. It is also available in several trims that offer more power and range.

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select starts at $43,895, or $36,395 after federal electric vehicle tax credits. It gets 247 miles of range and makes 266 horsepower. The Mustang Mach-E was Car and Driver’s 2021 EV of the Year as well as a 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Volkswagen ID.4 is capable, but Ford’s electric compact SUV is more exciting because of its quicker acceleration.

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