Volkswagen’s first-ever dedicated battery-electric SUV has landed, taking its place alongside the gas-powered 7-seat Atlas, 5-seat Atlas Cross Sport, recently refreshed compact Tiguan, and soon-to-arrive subcompact Taos in the brand’s sport-utility lineup.
The all-new Volkswagen ID.4 will initially be available with rear-wheel drive and a single rear-mounted electric motor rated at 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. Later in the year, a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version will debut with 302 horsepower. The EPA-estimated driving range for a rear-drive version is 250 miles on a fully charged battery.
A short run of 1st Edition rear-drive models with 20-inch wheels and other minor trim upgrades is sold out. For the remainder of the 2021 model year, Volkswagen will offer the 2021 ID.4 in Pro and Pro S trims. Including the $1,195 destination charge, the rear-drive Pro starts at $41,990, the rear-drive Pro S starts at $45,690, the AWD Pro starts at $44,870, and the AWD Pro S starts at $49,370. The Volkswagen ID.4 also qualifies for the $7,500 federal income tax credit, representing a significant potential savings for eligible buyers.
Other compact SUV competitors to the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 include the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forester.
For buyers only considering electric SUVs, rivals include the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV, and Ford Mustang Mach-E, plus the soon-to debut Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Arriya, and Toyota BZ4X. Many more are on the way.