Volkswagen’s ID.4 will be the third most affordable electric vehicle offering in the United States, but the German automaker will boost performance to reach the price.
VW is now realizing how competitive the electric SUV space has become, and the company hopes to become more competitive with a recent price cut in the U.S. This is thanks to VW’s move to move ID.4 production to their Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. and associated performance cuts to the vehicle. The vehicle now has a starting price of $37,495 instead of $39,995 and, with federal tax credits, will be just under a $30,000 vehicle on the base model.
The ID.4 now exists in a competitive market of electric SUVs. It has to compete with Tesla’s Model Y, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Chevy Bolt EUV, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kona EV, the Kia EV6 and Niro EV, and finally the Rivian R1S. The ID.4 will be the third cheapest offering behind the Bolt EUV ($33,500) and Hyundai Kona EV ($34,000).
The ID.4 refresh comes with a design change, some new colors and a few other changes, a few of which are on the VW website. While VW’s consumer site doesn’t have basic range and power information, the press site lists a few of these numbers. The base model will now only have about 200 miles of range instead of 260 miles on the previous base model.
In terms of charging, VW has been unclear. In their press release, they state that “Plug&Charge functionality is now standard on the ID.4, allowing owners to make even better use of their three years of included 30-minute DC fast-charging sessions at Electrify America stations.” However, VW’s consumer website shows that the base model now lists 170 kW DC fast charging as optional. It’s unclear what charging speed the base model would access.
In terms of power, the base model retains the 201 horsepower that goes to the rear wheels. However, the couple is not mentioned.
Overall, VW has done a lot to lower the price of the ID.4, but it’s unclear whether the vehicle will remain competitive in an increasingly crowded segment. The vehicle has the same horsepower as the Kona EV, the Niro EV and the Bolt EUV and is roughly price competitive with each of them, but each of the other offerings has much more range. At the same time, according to VW’s consumer site, the lack of standard 170 kW DC fast charging could make the vehicle very uncompetitive with similarly priced vehicles that could charge much faster.
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