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Volkswagen ID.4 EV: Enhanced Performance and Safety for 2024


Volkswagen ID.4 EV: Enhanced Performance and Safety for 2024

Volkswagen continues to push boundaries with its 2024 ID.4 electric SUV, delivering notable enhancements in performance, technology, and safety. This year, the ID.4 has earned a TOP SAFETY PICK award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), joining the ranks of the Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport.

The 2024 ID.4 introduces a new performance drive unit for its 82 kWh models. The rear-wheel-drive variant now boasts 282 horsepower, while the all-wheel-drive version reaches up to 335 horsepower. These improvements enhance acceleration and overall driving range, addressing consumer demands for more robust EV performance.

Additionally, Volkswagen has upgraded the infotainment system in the 82 kWh models to a 12.9-inch display with backlit sliders, replacing the previous 12-inch screen. The interface for climate control and the infotainment menu has been made more intuitive, improving user experience. Notably, the 82 kWh S models now include ventilated front-row seats, and the S Plus models feature a premium Harman Kardon audio system with a 16-channel amplifier.

Safety remains a top priority for Volkswagen, as evidenced by the ID.4’s IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award. The vehicle’s IQ.DRIVE system, standard across all trims, utilizes advanced technology to provide semi-automated driving assistance, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and more. These features ensure a safer driving experience in various conditions.

For added convenience, the ID.4 includes standard Park Distance Control, Park Assist Plus with Memory Parking, and Dynamic Road Sign Display. The available Area View (Overhead View Camera) further enhances situational awareness.

My Experience at the Texas Truck Rodeo

Having driven the ID.4 at the Texas Truck Rodeo, I can personally attest to its impressive performance and handling. The vehicle’s smooth acceleration and responsive steering made it a joy to drive, even in challenging conditions at the Star Hill Ranch outside of Austin, Texas. The dual motor setup of the ID.4 provided robust power, and the low center of gravity, thanks to its MEB architecture, ensured a balanced and stable ride. The battery’s thermal management system kept performance consistent, even during extended use.

The ID.4’s design, with its motor located at the rear above the axle, mirrors Volkswagen’s classic Beetle, providing a nostalgic touch while showcasing modern EV technology. The EPA estimated range of 260 miles for the ID.4 Pro and 249 miles for the AWD Pro model proved sufficient for various driving needs. The vehicle’s ability to charge using both AC and DC currents added to its practicality, making it a versatile option for daily commutes and longer trips.

With a starting MSRP of $39,735 for the 62 kWh models and $44,875 for the 82 kWh models (plus a $1,425 destination fee), the 2024 ID.4 remains competitively priced. Its eligibility for the full $7,500 federal tax credit makes it an attractive option for those considering an electric vehicle. The ID.4’s blend of performance, safety, and technological advancements positions it well in the competitive EV market.

Volkswagen’s 2024 ID.4 is a testament to the brand’s commitment to innovation and safety in the evolving EV market. The enhancements in performance, technology, and safety features make the ID.4 a compelling choice for both new and experienced EV drivers. As the industry faces various challenges, Volkswagen’s continuous improvements to the ID.4 demonstrate their dedication to providing high-quality, reliable electric vehicles.

Adam was one of the founding members of txGarage back in 2007 when he worked for a Suzuki dealership in Dallas, TX. He is now our Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He's always been into cars and trucks and has extensive knowledge on both. Check Adam out on twitter @txgarage.

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