2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle

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  • Overview

    A blue 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle is shown angled left.

    Volkswagen lived up to its reputation as “the people’s car company” in 2021 when it finally delivered on its promise to build an all-electric (EV) SUV. The ID.4 ushered the German automaker into the EV segment and introduced drivers to a new family of vehicles capable of driving past every gas station without a second thought. Today, the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle expands on that promise as a more accessible, innovative, and valuable all-electric SUV than you could ever imagine.

    This idea of “more” is rooted in the SUV's MEB electric vehicle architecture, making it a purpose-built EV rather than a modified gas-powered alternative. It’s designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, which carries a lot of weight in the burgeoning EV segment. This purpose-built architecture gives the ID.4 a new level of performance and capability, more intuitive design features, and a better overall value. Coincidentally, these characteristics also make it more accessible to the masses, proving an electric vehicle can be affordable despite the high price of many rivals.

    Since its debut in 2021, the ID.4 has continuously progressed. The 2023 model packs a heavy punch with more standard technology, an updated design, and high-tech features. Its starting MSRP of $37,495 is enticing, while its three-trim lineup, two battery options, and a choice between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive make finding the best ID.4 an easy task.[a] What more could you ask for in an all-electric SUV? Fortunately, you won’t have to ask for much in the stunning, sophisticated, and capable 2023 ID.4.

    295

    Horsepower (hp)

    339

    Torque (lb-ft)

    275

    Max. Range (mi)

    Starting at

    $37,495[a]

  • Trims

    A red 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S Plus is shown from the side.

    In a world where everything is often convoluted and complex, Volkswagen keeps things simple with the 2023 ID.4 lineup. The ID.4 fleet includes the Standard, Pro, S, Pro S, and Pro S Plus trims with rear or all-wheel drive.

    The ID.4 Standard

    The Standard is new for 2023 and makes the ID.4 more accessible to drivers on a budget, with its starting MSRP of $37,495.[a] The Standard comes equipped with the all-new 62-kWh battery that offers an estimated range of 209 miles, the IQ.Drive suite of advanced driver-assist technology, a 12-inch touchscreen navigation system via ID.Light & Discover Pro Max, LED lighting, and wireless smartphone integration and charging.[b] Heated front seats add luxury and comfort, making the Standard one of the best-equipped base models in the segment.

    The ID.4 Pro

    Next in the lineup is the ID.4 Pro, available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Equipped with the 82-kWh battery, the rear-wheel-drive model offers a 275-mile driving range, while the all-wheel drive model reduces this range to 255 miles but offers exceptional off-the-line acceleration with a launch from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.[b] The AWD Pro also adds a heated windshield and trailer hitch to ensure drivers can make the most of the SUV’s capability.

    The ID.4 S, Pro S, and Pro S Plus

    The ID.4 S balances luxury and convenience, adding a panoramic fixed glass roof, premium LED headlights, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with massage lumbar, leatherette seating, a hands-free power liftgate, and a heated steering wheel. These features carry over to the ID.4 Pro S in both the rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models. However, the Pro S Plus takes a different approach and gives the ID.4 a stealthy appearance with its black-painted roof, silver roof rails, and silver accents. Inside, heated rear seats and a three-zone automatic climate control system guarantee everyone’s comfort throughout the cabin.

  • Power and Range

    A grey 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle is shown from a front angle driving on an open highway.

    Volkswagen turned heads with the original Beetle by placing its powertrain at the rear rather than under the front hood. The 2023 ID.4 takes Volkswagen back to its roots, with the MEB architecture moving the SUV’s battery to the rear of the vehicle. This purpose-built platform gives the ID.4 a distinct advantage, making the SUV more agile and stable by enhancing traction and responsiveness. It’s also responsible for the SUV's nearly-silent ride, which forced Volkswagen to generate a synthetic sound to alert pedestrians, cyclists, and others to the ID.4 on the road.

    Unique Electric Motors

    Along with this unique architecture, the ID.4 proves that performance and electric power are no longer mutually exclusive. The ID.4 relies on a permanent magnet synchronous motor that depends on hairpin winding to increase power output, improve cooling, and maximize driving range. The result is phenomenal, especially on the all-wheel drive models that add an asynchronous electric motor to the front axle. This second motor brings the SUV's output to 295 hp and 339 lb-ft of instant torque, giving the ID.4 immediate acceleration and exceptional responsiveness at any speed.

    Battery Options and Ranges

    Harnessing this power is easy whether you opt for the ID.4 with the 62-kWh battery or the larger 82-kWh battery. As expected, the size of the battery impacts the price and range of the ID.4. For example, the all-new 62-kWh battery gives the ID.4 Standard a more affordable starting price and a range of 209 miles.[b] The larger battery pack extends this range to 275 miles on models like the ID.4 Pro S.[b]

    A Variety of Charging Options

    Regardless of battery size, Volkswagen makes recharging the ID.4 straightforward and hassle-free. The automaker boasts a charging infrastructure of over 45,000 charging stations nationwide, which includes thousands of DC fast-charging stations you can use at no additional cost during your first three years on the road. With the ID.4 equipped with the Combined Charging System (CSS) socket, you don’t have to worry about compatibility since the setup allows you to use home and public charging stations. Level 2 charging can fully recharge the battery in as little as six hours, while fast-charging stations can add up to 80% battery life in approximately 30 minutes.

  • Design

    A family is shown taking groceries out of a blue 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle.

    Volkswagen is renowned for building sophisticated vehicles that blend luxury with comfort and practicality. The ID.4 continues that tradition in 2023, ushering in new design details across the lineup. From the exterior, these design details give the ID.4 a striking profile enhanced by gloss black highlights, new wheel designs, and LED lighting. Top-tier trims take this lighting even further, adding Premium LED projector headlights complemented by an illuminated Volkswagen logo and connecting lines along the front grille.

    Modern Interior Design.

    Inside, the ID.4 is just as luxurious and combines convenience and comfort with innovation. The SUV’s cabin is ultra-modern with clean lines and a simple overall design enhanced by unique elements like the expansive, panoramic glass roof that lets light sweep through the cabin to give it an airy feel. The electric sunshade complements the design, blocking unwanted light to optimize visibility and comfort anytime.

    The automaker's keen attention to detail enhances the cabin's modern design. These details are noticeable in every element of the SUV, from its digital displays to the rear cargo area. For example, the 12-inch center touchscreen display is standard across the lineup and is paired with a digital instrument cluster for the driver. Beyond this impressive upgrade, Volkswagen focuses on comfort and luxury by redesigning the center console to maximize storage capacity and accessibility.

    Comfort Features

    The upgraded leatherette seating and unique stitching exude elegance and add value to the already well-equipped ID.4. Additional amenities like heated rear seats and three-zone climate control further showcase the SUV’s keen focus on driver and passenger comfort. This focus is even more apparent on the road, where the ID.4 delivers a tranquil ride courtesy of its sophisticated aero-acoustic design and insulated body that significantly reduces road noise.

  • Technology

    The black interior of a 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle shows the center console of a steering wheel.

    Technology is another key selling point for the 2023 ID.4, especially since Volkswagen made the 12-inch Discover Pro Max touchscreen display standard across the lineup. Angled slightly toward the driver, the configurable screen is intuitive and provides access to standard features like navigation, driver-assist tools, and connectivity tools. Engineers designed the screen to mimic a smartphone, allowing the driver to swipe their hand in front of the screen or use voice commands to access the ID.4 virtual assistant or tools like Amazon Alexa.

    The ID.Cockpit

    The SUV’s center display is mated to the ID.Cockpit that replaces the traditional gauge with a digital screen controlled via touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel. Drivers can use the display to access vital information like battery status, driving range, navigational cues, and safety alerts. By putting this information in immediate view, the ID.4 makes it easy to stay informed and keep your focus on the road.

    The IQ.Drive Driver Assistance Technology

    Volkswagen knows that digital displays are only part of the package in an all-electric SUV like the 2023 ID.4, so the automaker outfits the SUV with an expansive suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technology. This technology includes standard features like the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Intelligent Crash Response System. Advanced tools like IQ.Drive take your experience in the ID.4 one step further by outfitting the SUV with a semi-automated hands-on driving tool that works with Front Assist, Active Side Assist, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control Stop and Go, Lane Assist, and Emergency Assist to help you navigate the road ahead with minimal stress or inconvenience.

    Parking Assistance Technology

    Volkswagen also makes parking the ID.4 more intuitive with standard features like Park Distance Control, Park Assist (Park Steering Assistant), and Park Assist Plus with Memory Parking. Park Distance Control is remarkable because it uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor five feet in front of and behind the vehicle to help you navigate the SUV into a tight space or parking spot. The Park Assist Plus system is also impressive, helping you steer the ID.4 into a parallel or perpendicular parking space by engaging the button and activating the accelerator and brake pedals.

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