The 2021-model of Volkswagen Id4 is a good-looking little SUV that also happens to be electric. With the inclusion of an alternative second motor that provides all-wheel drive and improved performance, it’s now an even more powerful and enticing SUV.
Building ID4 all-wheel drive was indeed simple, thanks to the fact that it was designed to do so. VW simply upgraded the control software and put a front motor to the current rear-drive ID4. There is no cargo space that has been sacrificed because the ID4 didn’t come with a frunk (front trunk beneath the hood) to start with. You wouldn’t be able to tell the two versions apart if they didn’t have the AWD badge. It’s impossible to notice the additional 0.6 inches of ground clearance.
A Conventional SUV With EV Benefits
It is, at the very least, helpful. The ID4’s flat bottom is only 6.7 inches above the ground, so whether the snow is heavy this year or even the dirt road down to the cabin is wrecked by storms, every little bit helps. With nothing dangling but the suspension and wheels, you can cross obstacles that would otherwise catch on frame components, oil pans, or differentials in a gas-powered vehicle.
To be sure, an ID4 AWD can go off-road; the car departed from VW’s recommended route and drove for rather steep logging roads. The standard all-season tires may not appear to be much, but they were more than capable of getting the ID4 up the wet, rough dirt tracks with virtually no wheelspin, thanks to VW’s outstanding drivetrain programming. There was a need to use the Traction driving mode, which is designed for severe weather and slick conditions like these. With its lengthy front overhang and low ground clearance for the SUV, you’ll have to pick the path carefully to avoid hitting anything. Still, the ID4 excels at managing and optimizing traction.
When you go back on the paved roads, an extra motor becomes apparent as soon as you put the foot down. Volkswagen claims that the ID4 accelerates to 60 mph in around two seconds, which, based on tests, puts it in the mid-5-second range. It won’t jolt you out of your seat, but it’s fast enough for most SUV purchasers and fantastic for avoiding slowpokes.
FWD Vs. AWD
To maximize range, all 4 wheels are solely driven when absolutely necessary. The ID4 will almost always be a 2-wheel-drive vehicle, and you won’t notice the difference. Since the front motor is induction (no magnets) and may freewheel, this is conceivable. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the all-wheel-drive model only sacrifices 10 to 11 miles of range when compared to the normal rear-drive vehicle, so you can still go to about 240 – 249 miles on a complete charge (depending on trim level).
If you compare the AWD and rear-drive models side by side, you’ll find that the steering of the AWD model is less energetic and chatty than the rear-drive model’s, which is a usual side effect of fueling the front wheels. Because of the low center of gravity given by most EVs, the AWD model still handles well in corners, but it’s not a dynamic or engaging driving experience, which is fine. More importantly, VW has kept the superb turning radius for a car such as this, which renders the rear-drive model so enjoyable to drive in town.