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VW ID4 electric SUV opens with 323-mile range

Volkswagen ID4

FOLLOWING the special launch editions, Volkswagen has put the 'regular' versions of its new electric ID4 SUV on sale.

The line-up is expected to grow in the coming months, but for now you can order an ID4 Pro Performance, which gets an electric motor rated at 201bhp and 229lb ft of torque.

It uses a 77kWh battery and offers up to 323 miles of range on a full charge.

This drivetrain is offered in Life, Family and Max trims.

VW talks about how the ID4 can regain up to 199 miles of range from a 125kW rapid charger in 30 minutes, though this is of little use to Northern Ireland motorists relying on our slow public charging network.

Of more relevance to buyers here is that a 7.2kW home charger takes around 11 hours to fully re-juice the ID4 Pro Performance's battery.

The Pro Performance Life costs from £41,570 and includes features such as a 10-inch infotainment screen, wireless phone charging, two-zone climate control and heated front seats.

Stepping up to Family trim, which starts at £45,520, also cuts range to 318 miles, thanks to larger 19-inch alloy wheels.

It adds upgraded LED headlights, tinted windows and a large panoramic sunroof to the Life specification.

Top of the range Max models have a range of 314 miles and cost from £49,990.

Equipment includes a 12-inch infotainment screen with an augmented reality head-up display, sports seats with heating and advanced driver assistance systems.

A Pure model with a 52kWh battery arrives later; expect it to be able to scrape under £35,000 and so be eligible for the government's £2,500 plug-in car grant.

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