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Review of the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4

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A decade ago, it could be argued by many that making the switch over to an electric vehicle wasn’t exactly feasible. The limited battery life, short ranges, high cost of ownership, and lack of charging stations were a sticking point for many consumers – even the eco-conscious ones.

Fast-forward to today and the landscape for electric vehicles is very different. There are now more than 130,000 public electric vehicle chargers across the country. Even those in rural areas now have access thanks to at-home charging being far easier to adopt than it was a decade ago.

The other great leap in the electric vehicle world is that the vehicles themselves are built more efficiently with far more powerful batteries, meaning those with “range anxiety” can finally feel at ease. 

Electric vehicles are also more affordable than ever, and many of them now qualify for the electric vehicle tax credit per the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 – including the all-new 2023 Volkswagen electric car.

The 2023 VW ID.4 – Background, cost of ownership, and performance metrics

The original Volkswagen ID.4 debuted in the final months of 2020. Considering that it was the first electric vehicle to be released under the VW banner, expectations were high – and subsequently met. The vehicle won the 2021 World Car of the Year Award and was named one of Wards 10 Best User Experiences. It also appeared on several editors’ choice lists across many notable industry publications.

The 2023 iteration of the Volkswagen ID.4 further improves upon the reputation of superior performance, advanced technology, and affordability. With a starting MSRP of just $38,995, the VW ID.4 is one of the most affordable electric SUVs in its class. 

To make it even more attractive to price-conscious buyers, the all-electric SUV comes with three years of unlimited DC fast charging at Electrify America stations. Imagine not having to pay for fuel or charging until 2026 and how that will improve your budget.

In addition to being one of the most affordable EVs on the market, the VW ID.4 is also one of the most powerful. The ID.4 Pro model uses an 82kWh battery that delivers an estimated range of 275 miles on a single charge. It also provides drivers with up to 295 horsepower, 339 lb-ft of torque, and a max towing capacity of 2,700, which means it has plenty of muscle under the hood for heavy lifting.

Of course, no SUV would be complete without ample storage space for luggage, camping equipment, and big grocery runs. Drivers of the ID.4 will have 30.3 cubic ft. of storage, but that can be bumped up to 64.2 cubic ft. simply by folding the rear seats down.

Technology and safety features of the ID.4

The ID.4 delivers on low cost of ownership, but that doesn’t mean the designers and engineers at VW cut corners on features and perks. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an SUV that is more loaded than the ID.4.

As an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, drivers can expect the very best in safety features and driver assistance technology. IQ.DRIVE, for instance, is a suite of features that visually and audibly warn drivers when they’re about to pull an unsafe lane change or back into oncoming traffic. The ID.4 is always on high alert to ensure you remain out of harm’s way. 

Top features include:

● Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

● Active Blind Spot Monitor

● Park Distance Control

● Dynamic Road Sign Display

● Area View

● Park Assist Plus with Memory Parking

● Rear Traffic Alert

● Travel Assist

● Front Assist

● Emergency Assist

● Lane Assist

● Light Assist

Infotainment etc.

The 2023 VW ID.4 also comes with a variety of features that make driving more enjoyable and intuitive. ID. Light, for instance, is the VW equivalent to Apple’s Siri and Amazon Alexa. Drivers can issue a vocal command to cool down the cabin, find the nearest gas station, or whatever else they need, and ID. Light will be happy to oblige.

Other notable infotainment features include:

● App-Connect for smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto)

● A full suite of remote and connected features

● 12” high-definition touchscreen display

● Volkswagen Cockpit Pro

● “Sit and start” intuitive start system

● Advanced climate control system

● Four different driving modes (custom, comfort, sport, and eco)

● Panoramic fixed glass roof with electric sunshade

● Hi-fi audio and stereo system

How to find a 2023 VW ID.4 near you

Available in eight different trim levels, the 2023 VW ID.4 should appeal to a wide range of drivers on any budget. Our personal recommendation is to go with a Pro model to maximize your range.

As one of the most popular vehicles from the VW brand, you shouldn’t need to go far to find an ID.4 in your area test drive. You can kick things off by searching the phrase “Volkswagen dealership near me” or “2023 VW ID.4 near me.”

That should bring back results for the closest dealerships in your direct proximity. Once you get in contact with your nearest dealership, they can get you behind the wheel of an ID.4 so you can see for yourself if it lives up to the hype.

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