Order books now open: Volkswagen's electric ID.4 to go on sale in these markets

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• Volkswagen's European order books for the new ID.4 are open

• The ID.4 is available in three specifications: Life, Family, Max.

The ID.4 Life has a driving range of up to 520km.

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Volkswagen has opened the order books for its new ID.4 electric SUV. Well, in Europe and other EV-ready markets, at least. Available in Life, Family, and Max specifications, the new electric vehicle (EV) has a starting price of £41 570, which equates to around R831 000 on the current exchange rate, excluding the various taxes and costs.

According to Volkswagen, the ID.4 Life has a maximum electric range of up to 520km, with the Family and Max variants boasting 512km and 505km, respectively. Whichever model you opt for, the 500km range should curb any range anxiety you might experience.

All three specifications can regain up to 320km of range from a 125kW rapid charger in 30 minutes, while a 7.2kW home charger takes around 11 hours to take the ID.4 from 0-100%. Charging to 80% from a DC, CCS charge point takes 38min.

High level of equipment

As the introduction to the ID.4 range, the entry-level Life model offers a high level of equipment as standard. It is the first of the three pre-configured models with features sorted into fixed equipment packs to simplify customers' ordering process, just as the ID.3 does currently.

Highlights among these packs for the ID.4 Life include 30-colour ambient lighting, split-folding rear seats with a load-through hatch and centre armrest, and play and pause pedals, all as part of the Interior Style Package. The Infotainment Package brings a 10-inch Discover Pro touch-screen system with navigation, and inductive smartphone charging.

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As the flagship of the current ID.4 range, Volkswagen says the Max is the most comprehensively-equipped variant and adds technology and convenience features in abundance. Starting with the Infotainment Package Plus, the ID.4 benefits from a larger 12-inch Discover Max infotainment system, as well as Volkswagen's acclaimed augmented reality head-up display.

The Interior Style Plus pack is bolstered by the addition of sport seats with integrated headrests. These seats also provide 12-way electric seat adjustment, memory and massage function, in addition to heating for both front seats.

It's officially here

Joe Laurence, ID. family product manager at Volkswagen UK, said: "The ID.4 has officially arrived in series form with a punchy powertrain, big battery and equipment package that leaves little to be desired. The fact that we're launching this just a few months after we shook up the affordable electric vehicle market with the ID.3 is testament to rapid growth in the BEV market. There's more to come, too - entry-level powertrains, batteries, and specifications will arrive in the coming weeks, which will see the ID.4 entry price fall to less than £32 000 with the new government grant.

"The ID.4 represents what the buying public want from a car: zero tailpipe emissions motoring, sustainable production, SUV body style, practicality in abundance, technology to add both convenience and joy to the driving experience, while providing the quality, familiarity and comfort customers expect from a Volkswagen."

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