June 30, 2022

2022 Volkswagen ID.4.Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

We drove the rear-wheel-drive model of Volkswagen’s new electrical compact crossover final fall, and readers needed to understand how chilly climate would have an effect on its vary.

So we waited and drove the all-wheel-drive model in the course of an Ontario winter, with temperatures as little as minus 17. Boy, was it chilly.

When the climate is heat, Volkswagen claims the AWD model of the ID.4 can have a most vary of 386 kilometres. (The RWD model, which weighs 100 kilograms much less, must be good for an additional 14 kilometres.) At minus 17, the AWD tester had an indicated most vary of 271 kilometres, driving on the comfy velocity of visitors on Freeway 401. Just a few days later, at minus 6, its indicated most vary was 305 kilometres.

In 600 kilometres of driving, when the temperature by no means rose above freezing, the ID.4 returned a mean electrical consumption of 31.8 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres. When the climate is a balmy 23 levels, the official Pure Assets Canada consumption score is 22.5 kilowatt hours.

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That is fairly good consumption for such chilly temperatures, particularly contemplating I made no concessions. I parked exterior and didn’t preheat the cabin, I saved the local weather heat within the car, and I drove on the velocity of visitors. Granted, I wasn’t driving within the actually frigid temperatures of the Prairies, however a complete drop in vary of solely one-third within the worst of Ontario’s situations is spectacular.

When the temperature was a extra normal 6 under zero, the ID.4 dropped to about 80 per cent of its warm-weather vary. In distinction, on the similar temperature, the dearer Tesla Mannequin 3 drops to about 95 per cent of its vary, whereas the Chevrolet Bolt drops to 66 per cent.

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The ID.4 manages this partly via the usage of a warmth pump, which warms the cabin with warmth taken from the battery that might in any other case be wasted, and leaves extra power within the battery to drive the automobile. In a lot of the world, together with the USA, the warmth pump is an costly possibility, but it surely’s normal for all Canadian fashions, as are a heated windshield and washer nozzles.

At a Degree 3 quick charger, 10 minutes of cost in summer time will give the AWD model 90 kilometres of vary. For this check in an Ontario winter, 10 minutes supplied 70 kilometres of vary.Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

As effectively, the bottom plate of the chassis has built-in cooling for the 82-kilowatt-hour battery, which helps handle the inner temperature of its lithium-ion cells. Its AC charger has a most acceptance of 11 kilowatts, whereas its DC charger can deal with 125 kilowatts. Charging occasions decelerate in chilly temperatures, however the ID.4 didn’t appear too badly affected. At a Degree 3 quick charger, 10 minutes of cost in summer time will give the AWD model 90 kilometres of vary. For me in winter, 10 minutes supplied 70 kilometres of vary.

Tech specs

  • Base value/as examined: $49,995/$58,490 (qualifies for $5,000 federal rebate)
  • Engine: Twin-motor electrical
  • Drive: All-wheel drive
  • Alternate options: Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Niro EV, Nissan Leaf, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Chevrolet Bolt EUV


Facet and entrance views of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 proper after a automobile wash on a chilly winter day.Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

From the facet, if the ID.4 didn’t have its funky fashionable wheels, you’d by no means comprehend it wasn’t a daily crossover. From the entrance, it seems extra radical, with a powerful gentle present throughout its grille that highlights the VW emblem.

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Entrance and backseats on the ID.4.Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

The tester had the $8,000 “assertion” package deal, which incorporates leatherette seats and a surprisingly efficient again massager for the driving force. It was all very comfy, although entry to nearly every thing was via its central touchscreen.

The transmission lever – which is absolutely only a Ahead/Backward lever with an adjuster for extra regenerative braking – is up excessive, built-in into the instrument panel, which supplies extra airiness to the cabin. There’s cheap house back and front, and the pockets behind the entrance head restraints that may comfortably maintain a telephone for viewing are a sensible contact.


The ID.4 accelerates two seconds sooner than the 201-horsepower RWD model.Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

The AWD version makes 295 horsepower, which implies it’s good for zero-to-100 kilometres an hour in lower than six seconds. This makes the ID.4 a fast little car, accelerating two seconds sooner than the 201-horsepower RWD model. The AWD additionally has brake-vectoring to assist cornering response, however this isn’t a sporty automobile.


Volkswagen’s ID.4 has a digital instrument panel in entrance of the steering wheel that might have been at house in any idea automobile of 5 years in the past.Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

The ID.4 feels futuristic, with a digital instrument panel in entrance of the steering wheel that might have been at house in any idea automobile of 5 years in the past. Volkswagen’s taken a lesson from Tesla and there’s no must press a begin button in the beginning or finish of the drive – the car is aware of you’re there and will get every thing prepared by sensing your weight on the seat. There’s a button, nevertheless, for these (like me) who simply wish to be certain the otherwise-silent automobile actually is turned on or off after they go away.

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Charging cable and trunk on the ID.4. The rear seats fold principally flat to create as much as 1,818 litres of cargo house.Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

Volkswagen calls the ID.4 an SUV, however then, everybody calls every thing an SUV today if they need it to promote. The rear seats fold principally flat and create as much as 1,818 litres of cargo house, which compares with 2,081 litres within the compact VW Tiguan SUV. There’s no entrance trunk, or frunk, beneath the hood, as there may be with many EVs, however there’s a considerate pass-through within the break up again seat for carrying hockey sticks or skis.

The decision

In Canada, EVs at the moment are bought with “packages” on prime of their trims with a view to meet necessities for the $5,000 federal EV rebate: The bottom trim should are available under $45,000, which the ID.4 does when purchased with RWD, and solely further trim ranges that price lower than $55,000 qualify for the rebate. Nevertheless, “packages” might be added to these trims with out penalty, and that’s how producers can recreation the rebate.

Volkswagen expects most Canadian consumers will go for the AWD model of the ID.4, which prices $5,000 greater than the much less highly effective RWD model. I might be one among them and, for the cash, the ID.4 delivers most every thing a daily driver desires.

The expensive choices of the Assertion package deal can be good to have, however VW deserves recognition for supplying what consumers actually need – the warmth pump, the ability, the vary – with out having to pay further.

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