Initial ID4 brings VW into SUV EV fray
VOLKSWAGEN'S new electric family SUV, the ID4, has gone on sale, writes William Scholes.
Built on the same battery-and-motor platform as the ID3 hatchback, the company's latest EV will eventually be offered with a variety of battery sizes, motors and the option of four-wheel-drive as well as the standard rear-wheel-drive.
The first ID4 to reach these shores comes in limited edition '1st Edition' (see what they did there?) trim and a price tag of £40,800, though the government's plug-in car grant will shave £3k from that.
In 1st Edition guise, the ID4 gets a 77kWh battery and a motor with 201bhp and 229lb ft of torque.
This is said to be good for a range of up to 310 miles on a full charge, though the usual caveats apply.
Top speed is pegged at 99mph and the 0-62mph time is 8.5 seconds.
The battery has an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty.
It's a neat looking design, perhaps enhanced by the 'honey yellow' paintwork of the car in the photographs, a 1st Edition exclusive colour choice (you can also have grey, white or blue).
Standard equipment on this model includes 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and taillights, a reversing camera, heating for the front seats and steering wheel and a jumbo infotainment display.
Should you be interested, there is also ambient lighting in up to 30 colours... The adaptive cruise control and parking sensors sound more useful.
It can tow a trailer weighing up to 1,000kg, too.
The ID4 1st Edition is due to reach dealers in March; other versions are expected to arrive soon afterwards.