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2022 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV review

2022 Volkswagen ID.4
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2022 Volkswagen ID.4 sits in the sweet spot between economy and performance, with two trims—Pro and Pro S—and two power levels to choose from: 134 horsepower and 199 horsepower (electric motor). A 7.2-kWh lithium-ion battery comes standard on both trims, with DC fast charging available as an option.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 car overview:

2022 Volkswagen ID.4
2022 Volkswagen ID.4 (Photo by official vw id 4)

The ID.4 is a crossover SUV available in two different trim levels: Pro and Pro S. The standard features of both trims include everything you’d expect from a crossover: power tailgate, keyless entry, push-button start, navigation, rearview camera and more . The base engine for both models is a 125 kW electric motor that powers front wheels via a single-speed transmission and regenerative braking setup, while a 135 kW version of that same motor powers all four wheels via an upgraded transmission and additional differential gear.

How much does the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 cost?

The pricing for both trims is $45,595 before applicable tax credits and incentives. In some states, including California, buyers are eligible for a $2,500 Clean Vehicle Rebate from the state government ($3,500 if you buy your ID.4 in California), and a federal income tax credit up to $7,500 that’s due to expire at year-end 2021 (so take advantage of it while you can). The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 offers two trim levels, Pro and Pro S.

How far can I drive on a full charge?

On a full charge, with only air conditioning running, you’ll travel a distance of 210 miles. The range figure is based on driving at an average speed of 55 mph and with climate control set to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s roughly as hot as most people like it). That said, conditions vary so mileage can vary somewhat depending on how you drive, where you drive and which features are in use. Overall though, assuming above-average driving habits, we expect real-world figures to be within 5 percent of EPA-estimated range or better than what we’ve noted here.

Range and Performance 2022 Volkswagen ID.4:

The ID.4 Pro is equipped with a 70 kW electric motor that produces up to 232 horsepower and has a range of 310 miles on one charge (EPA). The Pro S features an 82 kW electric motor and can go up to 240 miles on one charge (EPA). Both models feature fast charging capabilities: they can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes or 40% in 12 minutes using DC fast chargers. They are also capable of being charged at home with Level 2 chargers: 7 hours for an 80% charge, or 4 hours for a full charge. Other performance-related features include regenerative braking, adaptive cruise control, and Fender Premium Audio System’s 8 speakers and 1 subwoofer system.

Things I love about 2022 VW ID 4:

The Keyless entry and push button start are really convenient features that make getting in your car quick and easy when you’re not in a rush, but it doesn’t take much longer than normal to get your car going either way. The handling is light and very responsive to my own commands on-the-go when I don’t want to wait for an autocorrect feature to correct my steering; it requires minimal effort from me, making me feel like a pro (even though I know I have quite a ways to go). The 8 inch infotainment system touchscreen display is extremely bright and high definition which makes watching videos or pictures more enjoyable as well as really looking at maps while driving to find new routes!

Things I don’t like about 2022 Volkswagen ID.4:

The awkward shape of its silhouette makes it look like a squished version of the Golf, which is definitely not appealing. The steering wheel also looks very different from other VW models, as if it came out of a sci-fi movie. The dashboard also gets my attention by having more buttons than I am used to finding in modern cars (I’d prefer less buttons). When it comes to its interior space, I find that there is just about enough room for 5 adults or 4 adults and 2 children to be seated comfortably.

Comparing it to other cars:

Cars equipped with a 35-kW CCS fast charging are able to fill up their batteries in just under 20 minutes; cars equipped with 50 kW or 100 kW chargers can add 100 miles (160 km) of range in just a few minutes, making them suitable for long-distance travel, while they take slightly longer to fill up. The (previously available) Bolt EV featured a single port that allowed it to charge at either 12 kW (Level 1, 2) or 80 kW (Level 3). The Pro S model sports three ports: one DC Fast Charging port that is rated at 125 kW as before, and two additional 120-kW AC charging ports.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, if you’re looking for a small SUV and can afford it at $38,995 for the Pro S trim level or $32,495 for the base Pro trim level (including destination fees). This is a great price point that won’t break your bank when combined with free charging from Electrify America stations. It’s also important to note that it isn’t just about how much you spend, but how long you plan on keeping your car—the shorter your ownership of an electric vehicle (EV), typically, means more money in savings! You can also look into leasing options through VW Credit if paying off a monthly payment is still too much of a burden to handle right now.

Rating, from 1 to 5 stars:

4 stars for ID.4 Pro S and 3 stars for ID.4 Pro Are you a fan of electric cars? Are you looking to buy one but don’t know what to get? If so, then we can help you with that by providing an unbiased comparison of some of today’s best electric cars! Our main focus is: ‘how do they really perform?

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