Volkswagen recently unveiled its first-ever electric crossover, the ID.4, with intentions of making electric utility vehicles a big part of mainstream sales. This compact SUV will break ground in VW's endeavor to put 20 million EVs on the road worldwide within the next 10 years. During the live online reveal, the automaker stated that the higher trim level of the ID.4 will achieve an estimated range of 250 miles per charge - a good number for this growing vehicle segment.


Buyers will also receive three years of free charging at Electrify America charging stations. According to VW, the vehicle's charge status can go from 5% to 80% in under 40 minutes when it's plugged in to a fast-charging station. For those who just need to get to their destination quickly, 10 minutes of fast charging will supply 60 miles of range. For home charging, there is the standard L1 wallbox charger and the upgraded L2 wallbox for faster charging.


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The Basics


There will be two trim levels of the 2021 VW ID.4, the Pro (MSRP: $39,995) and the 1st Edition (MSRP: $43,995), so named because it'll be released first, with the Pro following a few weeks later. The initially released version will have a rear-wheel drivetrain and an electric powertrain making 201 horsepower and 228 pounds-feet of torque. In early 2021, an all-wheel drive version with a 302 hp motor will be released. This compact crossover will be versatile for weekend getaways and more, with a towing capacity of up to 2,700 pounds. Cargo volume is ample, with 30.4 cubic feet available behind the second row, which expands to 64.2 cu. ft. when the back seats are folded flat.


Standard and Available Amenities


The lower-priced Pro trim will be equipped quite comfortably in the expected VW style with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an infotainment system with a large (10-inch diagonal) touchscreen. There will be two optional upgrade packages, the Statement (an illuminated front grille with illuminated logo, projector-beam LED headlights, a panoramic glass roof, a power liftgate, a 12-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, and power-adjustable leatherette front seats) and the Gradient (silver roof rails and exterior accents, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a black roof). The 1st Edition comes loaded, adding as standard the contents of both of those packages along with trim-specific exterior upgrades and white accents in the cabin.


Technology Features


It's no surprise that Volkswagen is packing lots of state-of-the-art technology into this truly modern vehicle, including the exciting ID.Cockpit, a 5.3-inch digital dash information center that shows speed, navigation, and operational stats on a series of frames. The base infotainment system has, as mentioned, a 10-inch touchscreen, while the upgraded system in the 1st Edition grows to 12 inches. That higher trim also gets ID.Light, which illuminates the length of the dash and gives the driver assorted cues in the form of sights and sounds to alert them to incoming calls, imminent hazards, navigation prompts, and the ID.4's charge status.


Also standard on both versions is Volkswagen's suite of active safety features, known as IQ.Drive (dynamic cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert).