Back in September when Volkswagen reviewed the 2021 ID.4 EV, the company said that it should offer up an electric range of 250 miles (403 km). Fast forward to November of 2020, and the EPA has given the ID.4 1st Edition and ID.4 Pro that very same estimated rating. With the entry-level models expected to carry around the same battery and motors, this rating could be relevant for the entire ID.4 range.
As a reminder, the ID.4 starts out at $39,999 and is powered by an 82 kWh battery pack. The rear-mounted electric motor is said to be good for 201 horsepower (150 kW) and 228 pound-feet (309 Nm) of torque. The ID.4 1st Edition doesn’t feature any boost in performance or battery capacity, but it does include better standard equipment. It will also be the first model to land Stateside with some special touches in tow.
The Volkswagen ID.4’s Range Makes It a Strong Competitor
In a world conditioned with the concept of five-minute fill-ups and suffering from a major case of range anxiety, 250 miles might not sound much. On a competitive edge, however, the ID.4 can run with the best of them. The RWD Ford Mach-E, for example, has an EPA-estimated range of 230 miles (370 km) while the more expensive Extended Range model bumps that figure up to 300 miles (383 km). The Kia Niro EV settles with 239 miles of range (385 km) and the Tesla Model Y Dual Motor AWD is good for 326 miles or (525 km). Keep in mind that the Extended Range Mach-E and Tesla Model Y are both more expensive.
As a matter of fact, the ID.4 is some $2,900 cheaper than the Mach-E and it’s significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model Y but the AWD ID.4 might be a little closer in terms of price when it arrives sometime in late 2021. The Kia Niro EV is a tad bit cheaper at $39,090, but the difference in material quality but be enough to justify the difference in price. The point is that the ID.4 is pretty competitive for what it is and, if prices are set right for future models, VW could garner a lot of attention from consumers than might float toward Ford or Tesla.