The ID.4 is on its way, and Volkswagen has said a lot about its new baby. But for the first time, VW handed over the EV to reviewers.
Now, because of embargoes, this video doesn’t actually get to show you what driving the ID.4 is like, but thanks to a technical interpretation of the rules, Out of Spec Reviews can tell you what it’s like to drive.
If the prospect of watching someone sit in a comfortable chair, answering questions about electric cars for 30 minutes sounds a little dull, you aren’t alone. I was highly skeptical. But I became entranced pretty quickly.
The questions come from Facebook and Twitter and cover a lot of ground. More than just being “is it nice inside?” the host answers other questions and reveals that the specs VW quotes are deliberately conservative. With more capacity built into the ID.4 than they are using at launch, VW hopes to ensure that everything works properly, then have the ability to update the car over the air when the software is good and ready.
It means that the software should have fewer problems for owners (big should) and also that even though the ID.4 is expected to hit 60 mph in around 7 seconds, it could do it in as little as 5.
Speaking of the acceleration, Tesla wisely helped create an image of EVs as face-melting accelerators. And, VW did it’s part, too, with the ID.R. So if 7 seconds to 60 sounds a little disappointing, you’re not alone. But remember that this is competing with things like the Honda CR-V.
The Honda hits 60 in around 7.5 seconds, so the ID.4 is easily as fast or faster than the internal combustion competition. Moreover, the power is very usable. As a RWD car whose center of gravity is way down low, the ID.4 feels stable and relaxed, which makes whatever torque it has feel accessible.
The video goes on and is filled with great information about one of the first American test drives of an MEB vehicle.
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