The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Great rear space with 5 star safety

Starting price: £34,995

Pros

Good amount of kit at entry level

Very spacious rear cabin

Safe and solid car

Cons

Infotainment /tech is lacking

Higher specs models have a big price tag

Intro

The VW ID.4 is the ID.3’s big brother and they are very similar in many ways, but the ID.4 is classified as an all-electric SUV.  We liked the rounded exterior design which, as standard, comes in Moonstone grey.  If you want something lighter or brighter then you will pay an additional £665 for a different colour.  There are 6 trims available ranging from £34,995 up to £56,380 which is an eye watering difference.  However, the entry level has a heated steering wheel (lovely!), heated front seats, 4 USB points, front and rear parking sensors, a rear camera and electric folding mirrors – big ticks for a family car.

The mileage range is affected by the choice of battery level which you go for.  At entry the Pure 1 will give you up to 213 miles whereas for a further £8k you can go for an improved performance of 319 miles. Using a fast charge, you will have up to 80% battery in about 40 minutes. The thought of changing to an electric car can be off putting, but with the average person driving 20 miles a day / 142 miles per week it really is not such a faff. Therefore, on a slow (cheaper) overnight charge, just once a week, it will keep you going!

The drive itself felt safe and solid and the ID.4 has excellent safety reviews.

The driving position gives you a clear view over the road ahead albeit that the rear window is narrow and not brilliant visually.  However, there are front and rear parking sensors along with a rear camera which give transparency on those blind spots when parking.  Steering is really light, so we found manoeuvring this car was simple.  Braking was also light which will keep toddlers sound asleep.

Two key features we loved were the gear changer which can be found on the righthand side of the steering wheel. It is literally at fingertip.  Along with the ID light dashboard which lights up to prompt you – it could be that phone is ringing or even that you need to turn right at the crossroads.  Pretty smart.

Interior

VW have gone for a minimalist and modern feel that other all-electric cars are following.  It can be likened to the ID.3.  There are no buttons or dials which is not always the most practical solution when you are trying to keep your eyes on the road. However, we did like the 5.3 inch digital display, positioned above the steering wheel, which is simple and clear. The display is attached to the steering wheel so that when you adjust the wheel to your perfect position, there is no chance of the cockpit display being obscured.

The infotainment screen and climate control can be a bit tricky when trying to adjust using the slider controls.  Perhaps it will take practice, but it is certainly not as easy or as practical as other competitors in this class.  The ID.4 does have voice control and functionality through buttons on the steering wheel which is probably the safer option especially if you have demanding smaller people shouting, “turn the music up Mummy!”

Some of the new car designs are often overthinking with tech rather than perhaps the ease for the user.  We think all parents want a car which makes life easier and not more complicated.

Volkswagen now have just two buttons for all the electric windows rather than the usual 4 buttons in the door arm.  To operate the rear windows, you need to press another button which then allows the 2 buttons to operate the back windows. We hope you got that!

The overall feel and quality of the interior was a little disappointing for this brand with quite a lot of grey plastic.  However, when it comes to lighting, VW have excelled themselves.  The cabin has 30 different colours for ambience.  It may just help to keep the mood of your passengers beautifully calm and relaxed.

Seats & Passenger Space

The entry level fabric is a velour micro fleece in soul black.  We were told that it is very forgiving, however, from a parent point of view I don’t think the VW Rep had ever experienced a combination of crushed Pom Bears, apple juice and not forgetting the lovely piece of cake from a party bag.  We still like a leather option!

The front seats were comfortable, not particularly deep, but plenty of functionality to get to the right position.  Space between you and the passenger is plentiful and you even have pull down armrests for a bit of added comfort.  Heated front seats are standard. For dual climate control you will need to upgrade from the entry level.

The rear of the cabin is a selling point with this car.  It’s spacious, and with no transmission tunnel, the floor is completely flat which means even the middle passenger has a comfortable ride. The legroom is exceptional, and you can fit a rear facing baby seat on both outer seats.  Often, if you are particularly tall, it is tricky to put a rear facing baby seat behind the driver.  This car is a winner if you have twins!

We were also able to fit a small booster, in the middle seat, between two standard size boosters.  ISOFIX points can be found on the outer rear seats (2).

Cups & Cubby

This ID.4 is good for spaces apart from a poorly designed glovebox which can barely fit a packet of wipes. There are 2 good sized cupholders in the middle of the front seats and you can pull the holder part out and use the space for other items.  There is a good spot here to pop your mobile phone without it whizzing off into the footwell along with wireless charging.  Just under the pull-down arm rests there is further space to hide a few bits and bobs. Plus, two USB ports if needed.  The door bins in all 4 doors comfortably take a large water bottle.

We found 2 more USB Ports, to keep all gadgets playing on long journeys. We also liked the small pockets on the rear of the front seats.  These were positioned at eye height and perfect to pop a mobile phone.  There are also larger pockets lower down which can store an ipad or, in Kate’s case, numerous football and pokemon cards!

The middle armrest has two cupholders or you can open it completely and use it as a ski hatch or even a check point for your four legged friend in the boot!

Boot Space

The ID.4 does not have an electric tailgate button which is disappointing.  This little button is such a gem especially when constantly loading life in and out of a boot.  The space is good though at 543 litres albeit there is a bit of a load lip to contend with.  The charging cables have a handy space to be stored under the floor and there is the option to upgrade for a fully adjustable floor if you need the extra depth.  Like many of the smaller cars there is a parcel shelf rather than the more practical retractable design.

Summary

A safe and practical family car with a great cabin space for either child seats or teenage children.  Price is on the higher end and therefore is not eligible for the Government plug-in grant.

Starting price £34,995  (Top Spec £56,380).

** Boosters used in this review: Cozynsafe Tambu (width 45cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4953 (L) x 1931 (W) x 1776 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

543 litres (5 seat)

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

30.4m (Electric Range Combined)

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62mph in 5.5 secs