The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV
Price: £37,900
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 52 kWh/ 77 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 221 - 329 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position to become the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles. The automotive company currently has a number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale, to include:



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The All-Electric VW ID.4 SUV


The series production of the all-electric VW ID.4 commenced in August 2020 at the company’s factory in Zwickau (Germany). The ID.3 VW hatchback electric car is also manufactured at the same location. The pure electric ID.4 is a compact crossover, well suited for families, seeking practicality and ample interior space. The ID.4 EV is a good all-rounder and a decent option for those seeking to migrate to zero-emission electric driving. The ID.4 is the second electric vehicle (EV) to use the bespoke MEB platform, after the all-electric ID.3.

The VW ID.4 has much to offer families and company-car drivers keen to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving. For a start, the e-SUV is available in two EV battery sizes (52 kWh and 77 kWh), giving consumers a wider choice based on their needs. Moreover, the EV is available as both, a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD).

For the smaller 52 kWh EV battery, the manufacturer claims a zero-emission electric range up to 223 miles (WLTP), and for the larger 77 kWh EV battery, the claimed e-range is up to 329 miles (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the EV delivers a useful and practical electric range, for most day-to-day needs and for longer distance motorway driving.

For those new to electric driving, a number of factors impact the claimed range. These include: driving profile, weather conditions, road surface, wheel size, onboard services used, passenger load and more. The electric car also incorporates regenerative braking to increase the efficiency and electric range. For the 52 kWh EV battery a pure electric range closer to 190 miles is more realistic, while for the larger EV battery, an electric range closer to 280 miles is realistic.

The VW EV offers DC charging up to 125 kW for the 77 kWh variant and up to 110 kW DC for the 52 kWh variant. Both variants can be charged up to 80% in 38 minutes. Just enough time for a coffee and short motorway break.

The EV does incorporate a three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. Given that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, most of us will not be able to take advantage of the three-phase onboard charger. For those with access to three-phase (11 kW) charging at home or at work, the 52 kWh EV can be fully charged in 7 hours and 30 minutes. Single-phase EV charging (7.4 kW) will take longer. The 77 kWh EV battery will take just over 12 hours for a full charge.

Though the EV can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN plug, we at e-zoomed do not encourage using a domestic plug for charging an electric car. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight when the electricity prices are lower. We also recommend charging on a regular basis. This way charging times are reduced and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. The manufacturer offers a 8 years/ 100,000 miles warranty. 

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive VW ID.4 (52 kWh) electric SUV can achieve 0-62 mph in 10.9 seconds (maximum power: 170 PS). The all-wheel drive VW ID.4 (77 kWh) can achieve 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds (maximum power: 265 PS). The top speed for the EV is 99 mph. Of course, the electric car also benefits from instant torque.

The VW EV has a host of features on offer, to include: lane assist, park assistance plus with front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, dynamic road sign display, front assist – autonomous emergency  braking with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring and more. The electric SUV is practical, with ample legroom and headroom for passengers. The EV has a 543 L boot space.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. You can lease the ID.4 electric SUV via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link!


PROS CONS
Good pure electric range All-wheel drive (AWD) not standard for all variants
Available in two EV battery sizes 125 kW DC not standard for all variants
11 kW onboard charger as standard Top of the line trim is expensive

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The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (Available in 7 Options, Starting From)
ID.4 Life Edition (from £37,900)
ID.4 Style Edition (from £41,320)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two EV battery size: 52 kWh/ 77 kWh
Charging:Up to 125 kW DC Rapid Charging standard. 11 kW onboard charger
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1640
Width (mm):1852
Length (mm):4584
Wheelbase (mm):2770
Turning Circle (m):10.2
Boot Capacity (L):543

ID.4 (52 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:52 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):221 – 223 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(kWh/ 62 mi):
16.3 – 16.5
Charging: 110 kW DC Rapid Charging (5%-80%: 38 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC 11 kW AC (0%–100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:9 – 10.9 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):109
Max Power (PS):148 – 170
Torque (Nm): N/A
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,968
Colours:12
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

ID.4 (77 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):318 – 329 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(kWh/ 62 mi):
16.6 – 17.2
Charging: 125 kW DC Rapid Charging (5%-80%: 38 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%–100%: N/A)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:6.9 – 10.4 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)/ All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):174 – 265
Torque (Nm): N/A
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,124
Colours:12
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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