The ID.4 to Start at $39,950 Before Tax Breaks, Go 250 Miles on a Charge

Here it finally is. Volkswagen has finally, fully taken the wraps off the ID.4 and here are the headlines: 201 hp, 250 miles of range, and a price tag of $39,9950.
 
Although that price may seem a touch on the high side, once you factor in $7,500 in federal tax incentives, you get a starting price of $32,495. That’s closer to the starting price of a fancy Tiguan, with an SEL model starting at $32,245.
 
If you’re interested in leasing, VW says well-qualified lessees can get into an ID.4 for $379-a-month with $3,579 due at signing. If we use that same Tiguan SEL and a $3,500 down payment on a 36-month term (the same term used for the ID.4), you get a monthly payment of $356. So really not bad.
 
 
You get a little more of everything, too, with the ID.4. The base model comes with an 82kWh battery that powers a rear-mounted permanent-magnet synchronous motor making 201 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque to the Tiguan’s 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. 
 
Volkswagen has also promised a more powerful AWD version, set to be unveiled in 2021 making 302 hp. For now, though, the 1st Edition will power just the back wheels and has been rated at 250 miles to a charge by the EPA.
 
When the battery runs down, ID.4 buyers will also have access to three years of fast-charging at no extra cost through Electrify America’s charging network. The DC fast chargers at the stations can get battery from five to 80% full in less than 40 minutes. Charging takes about 7 hours from a home or public level 2 charger.
 
 
As for the less futuristic parts of the ID.4, the chassis and body are made of steel and the suspension is fairly regular. Up front you get struts with lower control arms, coil springs, dampers, and an anti-roll bar, while in the back you a multilink setup. That, along with the weight being kept under the body, should help the ID.4 handle itself pretty well. 
 
As for very old-school technolgy, the ID.4 comes with rear drum brakes. That may seem perplexing, but according to VW there’s a very good reason for this. Remember that this isn’t a race car, so there shouldn’t be that many frequent hard-braking scenarios. Volkswagen is betting, therefore, that the rear brakes could go for very long periods hardly being used, thanks to one-pedal driving and regenerative braking. Since a drum brake is an enclosed system, they’re arguing that there advantages to it when it comes to disuse. It’s also probably cheap despite doing the job perfectly well, so why not?
 
Dipping back into the futuristic stuff, VW says that you’ll be able to control pretty much everything in the car with your voice. Just say “Hello, ID,” and you can speak to the car with natural commands.
 
 
If you want to control the infotainment with your hands, you can do so through a 10-inch screen (or a 12-inch screen if you opt for the Discover Pro Max pack. But the infotainment doesn’t stop inside. Light bars outside of the car alert you to things like, whether or not the car is locked, or what the status of charging is.
 
This can be seen from the inside, too, so if you’re getting a phone call or if there’s a turn coming up in navigation, colored lights help convey that information. Standard wireless mobile charging is offered, as is wireless app-connect, and wifi. Meaning that the ID.4 itself is the only thing that need be wired.
 
Reservations for the ID.4 start immediately, but deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2021. Although the 4WD ID.4 won’t be available until later next year, VW has revealed that prices start at $43,695. That big screen (plus a bunch of other extras) costs another $4,500. 
 
The ID.4 1st Edition has an MSRP of $43,995. The price is set to go down once production starts in Chattanooga.